CVB trying to rebuild community calendar

There wasn’t much on the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s community calendar during the last nine months of 2020. Most things were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s 2021 now, and the CVB wants to hear from people planning “tourism-friendly” events.   “Our calendar keeps the public, both locals and visitors, informed of…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors.   They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans…

Bacon appointed to state travel board

Claude Bacon, vice chairman of the board at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said having a seat on the state board is a big deal for Owensboro. “With the devastating results of COVID-19, this is a significant…

CVB focusing on post-pandemic recovery

  Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, says there are 8 million people within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro. That includes an area bordered by St. Louis, Cincinnati, Lafayette, Indiana, and a few miles into northern Alabama. And Calitri’s goal is to bring as many of them to town as…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors. They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans voted…

Mark Calitri speaks tourism and economic development: Everybody loves a great comeback story!

https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2020/04/column-calitri-keeping-positive-outlook/   During uncertain times, one thing is definite. We will be better as a result of these crises. Everyone loves a comeback story, and Owensboro will come back better than ever. We’ve been the underdog before, and we thrive in that role, said Mark Calitri, President of Visit Owensboro. As the virus continues to…

Visit Owensboro hoping entertainment returns with Friday After 5, 2021 could be amazing!

  By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer   Sep 21, 2020 Updated 7 hrs ago  https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/cvb-hoping-entertainment-returns-with-friday-after-5/article_da31ae94-3cec-52f1-b542-7bfccc24bddd.html#utm_source=messenger-inquirer.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3Frefreshed123%26-dc%3D1600686025&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline   “There’s a lot of activity going on in Owensboro,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board last week. “We’re not hitting home runs, but we’re hitting a lot of singles. We’re getting ready for the…

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…