Chamber, EDC, Visit Owensboro create recovery task force. Tourism is welcoming guests back!

Chamber, EDC, CVB create recovery task forceThe Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau have created a 17-member GO Forward Economic Recovery Task Force to help with the community’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Mark Calitri, CVB president, said, “Our tourism partners, including hotels, restaurants,…

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hospitality industry slammed by pandemic

Hospitality industry slammed by pandemicThe nation’s hospitality industry — hotels, restaurants, attractions and events — has sustained massive losses in the past two months.A new report from the U.S. Travel Association says the industry has lost more than $157 billion in business since March, when compared with 2019.The week that ended May 9 alone saw…

Great Race postponed until August. Vintage cars from five countries.

Great Race postponed until August. Vintage cars from five countries. The Great Race won’t be rolling into town on June 24 with 120 vintage cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and all over the United States after all.But, so far at least, it’s only been postponed to Aug. 26.“I’m pleased to announce that all of…

Covid-19 pandemic-CVB to follow Governor’s order-board meetings now online

Public Notice: During this time of crisis and while under social distancing orders from the Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear future meetings of Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau will comply with the Opinion of the Attorney General 20-05 March 18, 2020. “KRS 61.840 to precisely identify a primary physical location for a video teleconference…

Visit Owensboro to help community amid closures, cancellations

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau is monitoring the COVID-19 situation week-by-week but said they will be making some changes in the meantime.According to CVB President & CEO Mark Calitri, the Kentucky Department of Tourism has suspended all marketing for the next 30 days. With restaurants limited to delivery and drive-thru options, Calitri said…

Mark Calitri: Kind Words from Visit Owensboro’ board of directors

Mark Calitri: Kind Words from Visit Owensboro’ board of directorsVisit Owensboro recently planned and executed the 2A Girls/Boys State Basketball and Cheerleading Championships, which took place at the Owensboro Sportscenter.If you did not get a chance to attend, you missed the performance of outstanding high school student-athletes, showcasing their unique skills. Several of the high…

NO place has a venue like Owensboro Kentucky. Seattle, Detroit, San Diego-wait until you see Owensboro! -Randy Lientz race director.

NO place has a venue like Owensboro Kentucky. Seattle, Detroit, San Diego-wait until you see Owensboro! -Randy Lientz race director.https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/hydrofair-seeking-volunteers/article_17966ec3-3d3e-5afd-85cd-c3c2f6f66e87.htmlWhen hydroplane racing returns to Owensboro on Aug. 14-16, it will need about 100 volunteers working behind the scenes, Randy Lientz, the race director, told the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board of directors this…

The Great Race coming to Owensboro this summer-raising profile of tourism in Kentucky

The Great Race coming to Owensboro this summer-raising profile of tourism in KentuckyThe Great Race is coming.At about 5 p.m. on June 24, 120 vintage cars — the oldest made in 1916 — will roll into Owensboro on a 2,300-mile nine-day race from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina.Cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada…

Mark Calitri reports: Hydroplane racing returns to Kentucky-10,000 plus expected!

10,000-plus expected! That’s 10,000 or more.“Competitors will be coming from Washington, Florida, Maryland, Canada and all over the country,” Lientz said.He said, “Fans from Texas, Washington, New Jersey and other places have already made hotel reservations in Owensboro for that weekend. Those are the die-hard fans.”Lientz said, “We expect new fans to come from Michigan,…

Mark Calitri reports: Joslin national anthem video goes viral

Mark Calitri reports: Joslin national anthem video goes viralA week ago, Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, played the national anthem on his banjo at the 2A Basketball Championships at the Owensboro Sportscenter.The Hall of Fame and Visit Owensboro posted a video of the performance on their Facebook…