Hospitality Construction | Making Room for More Hotels

Tourism, convention center renovations continue to push construction in the hospitality sectorIn Owensboro, two new hotels – Best Western Plus and TownePlace Suites – recently opened their doors with 63 and 102 rooms, respectively, according to an article in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, which also noted that the city had just under 1,300 hotel rooms at…

Calitri reports: Synthetic turf at Fisher Park ‘game-changer’

Calitri reports: Synthetic turf at Fisher Park ‘game-changer’ During the August 2019 board meeting of the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau Jared Bratcher highlighted the success and opportunities in sports tourism for Owensboro. Mark Calitri introduced Bratcher and asked him to outline the scope of sports marketing and how the CVB collaborates with…

Owensboro tourism ‘trending in right direction,’ Calitri says

Spending by tourists in Daviess County climbed 3% last year to $218.52 million, the Kentucky Department of Tourism said this week.That represented a $6.31 million increase in money coming into the community.“We’re the sixth-fastest growing county in the state” in terms of tourism, Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said…

CEO Mark Calitri speaks travel: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari announced this week that it is adding Cheetah Chase, a third water coaster.

Matt Eckert, Holiday World’s president, said the $7 million investment will make the Spencer County, Indiana, theme park “the undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world.”And that’s good news for Owensboro.“We are extremely fortunate to be only 35 minutes away from Holiday World, which is one of the best amusement parks in the entire country,”…

Owensboro Kentucky women in tourism

Owensboro Kentucky women in tourism: females who run local industry talk challenges, future“Tourism is thriving in Owensboro and there is a real buzz and excitement about our community. These leaders are working hard in balancing life and work and are an instrumental part of this success,” said Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro.…

Owensboro Kentucky welcomes Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police

Owensboro Kentucky: Welcomes Kentucky Association of Chiefs of PoliceThis event gives us an opportunity to showcase all of the new Owensboro developments to Chiefs of Police and their command staffs from across the State of Kentucky. Many thanks to Owensboro Police Chief Art Ealum and Lt. David Powell along with the award-winning team at the…

Visit Owensboro spearheads community wide destination development

Visit Owensboro spearheads community-wide destination development “Owensboro Kentucky is a community on rise”, says Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro. “Our brand message is bourbon, bluegrass, and barbeque and those elements are deeply rooted in the Owensboro culture.” https://www.owensborotimes.com/features/community/2019/07/ferris-wheel-small-piece-of-overall-plan/ Calitri hopes to discuss the proposed attraction with representatives of the Gateway Planning Group…

Owensboro Kentucky welcomes Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police

Owensboro Kentucky: Welcomes Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police This event gives an opportunity to showcase all of the new Owensboro developments to Chiefs of Police and their command staffs from across the State of Kentucky. Many thanks to Owensboro Police Chief Art Ealum and Lt. David Powell along with the award-winning team at the…

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…