Mark Calitri reports: Visit Owensboro gives major Nashville developer the stage: Developer says banjo-shaped amusement ride ‘natural fit’ for Owensboro

Mark Calitri and Visit Owensboro give major Nashville developer the stage: Developer says banjo-shaped amusement ride ‘natural fit’ for OwensboroAt a press conference Wednesday, Barry Lee, a Nashville-based developer with ties to Owensboro, explained the $1 million banjo-shaped Ferris wheel he would like to build in Owensboro.“This wheel will be the next big attraction after…

Calitri says bigger conventions means higher revenue from hotel tax.

Calitri says bigger conventions means higher revenue from hotel tax.    The CVB has been pushing for more local tourism, with a focus on bettering Owensboro’s branding, economic development and entertainment venues. Part of bringing more out-of-towners to conventions held at the Owensboro Convention Center is by building more hotels that can hold a higher…

Visit Owensboro-CVB projecting 3.66% increase from room tax

Last week, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau approved an $815,480 budget that anticipates a 3.66% increase in revenue from its tax on hotel rooms.The 2019-2020 fiscal year looks very good, Kyle Aud, board chairman, said after the meeting.Mark Calitri, CVB president, said the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs will be here in July,…

Owensboro Kentucky assesses tourism landscape reports Mark Calitri

Joe Veneto provides tourism stakeholder feedback to Owensboro reports Mark Calitri In an effort to make Owensboro a desirable tourist destination, county officials hired a secret shopper to evaluate seven attractions around the city.Daviess County Fiscal Court used funds from the hotel tax to hire Boston-based Veneto Collaboratory to assess the potential tourist destinations.The findings…

Exploring Kentucky | Bourbon drives visitation to Kentucky: Mark Calitri speaks tourism

Exploring Kentucky | Bourbon drives visitation to Kentucky: Mark Calitri speaks tourism O.Z. Tyler modernizes bourbon production, expands distillery to 95,000 annual barrels When O.Z. Tyler decided to rehab the old Medley Distillery in 2014, they had to turn deterioration, from the 25 years the facility sat vacant, into what is set to become the…

Everyday Owensboro touches the world! says Mark Calitri.

Everyday Owensboro touches the world! says Mark Calitri. During last week’s Kentucky Travel Industry Associaiton spring conference Pure Michigan VP (#1 most recognized marketing campaign in United States) says Owensboro’s Brand USA video is his favorite. It tells a story that resonates with the viewer! “Pure Michigan is the model,” says Calitri. The Brand USA…

Brand USA takes Owensboro Kentucky to world stage

Owensboro tourism moved to the international stage Thursday night with the launching of Brand USA’s “Hear the Music, Experience The USA” campaign locally.Brand USA, the marketing agency for American tourism, selected Owensboro as one of its Top 10 American music cities last year.And a short video about Owensboro has already drawn more than 4.1 million…

Owensboro Kentucky selected as Brand USA “Hear the Music’ City

Owensboro was selected as one of 10 music cities for Brand USA’s Hear the Music campaign, joining the ranks with cities like New Orleans, Miami, West Hollywood, Las Vegas and Detroit.“This puts Owensboro on both the national and international map,” said Mark Calitri, President and CEO of Visit Owensboro, noting that the Hear the Music…

Hank Phillips, President and CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, will address the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hank Phillips, President and CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, will address the Greater Owensboro Chamber of CommerceHank Phillips has built a career of service around the dual roles of tourism and association leadership. In November of 2014 he was selected as President & CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry…

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Kentucky All A Boys baseball and girls’ softball a success for Owensboro!

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Kentucky All A Boys baseball and girls’ softball a success for Owensboro! Late April 2019 brought intense competition to Owensboro for the Kentucky All A boy’s baseball championships and Kentucky All A girls’ softball championships. The girl’s championships brought 16 of the best teams from across Kentucky. Louisville Holy Cross took…