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…

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…