CVB going after more tournaments

Owensboro has spent years developing their sports tourism and now it’s really paying off.  Sports tourism has become one of the most profitable areas of development for Owensboro, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to continue that growth far beyond softball and baseball.  Jared Bratcher, sports marketing director for the CVB, is looking at…

In the Spotlight

Brand USA takes Owensboro to World Stage We just can’t stop talking about everything that Owensboro has to offer, and now the rest of the world knows too!  Owensboro’s tourism is under the international spotlight now, and big things are expected for the city in the upcoming years. Alongside cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans,…

Owensboro’s ‘Killer B’s’ are drawing tourists, Phillips says

Since Owensboro’s feature in “The New USA Bucket List: 11 Top Places You Need to See” last year, the “Killer B’s”, the term coined for Owensboro’s brand of bourbon, bluegrass, and barbeque, have been turning heads and all eyes are on Owensboro.  Now, Visit Owensboro is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Tourism and Brand…

Owensboro selected as Brand USA ‘Hear The Music’ City

Small town, big impact.  Owensboro, alongside cities including New Orleans, Miami, and Las Vegas, was selected as one of 10 cities for Brand USA’s Hear The Music campaign.  Visit Owensboro will partner with the Kentucky Department of Tourism and Brand USA to launch the local campaign promoting Owensboro’s selection.  “This puts Owensboro on the map…

Louisville’s Frazier Museum featured flavors, sounds of Owensboro

With O.Z. Tyler Distillery’s recent addition as part of the bourbon trail, Owensboro is becoming known around the globe for perfectly culminating the proud Kentucky traditions of barbeque, bourbon, and bluegrass.  Due to a recent partnership between the Frazier History Museum in Louisville and Independence Bank, the sounds and flavors of Owensboro traveled to the…

EDC hosting economic development tours

If there was ever a time when Owensboro wasn’t on state officials’ radar, that time has passed.  Last week, the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. took four project managers from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development on a familiarization tour of the community.  The tour consisted of visits to the Owensboro Riverport and the Owensboro…

More rooms at the inn/Hotel building surge means more rooms to fill

When the Executive Inn Rivermont closed in June 2008, Owensboro was faced with a shortage of hotel rooms. It became hard to land big state conventions or big sporting events. The number of hotel rooms plunged to slightly more than 700. At the end of 2018, the number was back to just under 1,300 —…

Moonlite, Old Hickory win burgoo honors

When it comes to burgoo, Owensboro restaurants are hard to beat. Last month, USA Today and 10Best.com ran an online contest to see who makes the best burgoo in Kentucky. When the voting ended, Firehouse Sandwich Shop at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort topped the list. But Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn placed second. And Old Hickory…

Friday After 5 Partnering With CVB

  She said Friday After 5 will unveil its 2019 lineup on April 17. But Thomas said changes are coming to the lineup on the Kentucky Legends Pier behind the convention center. “We’re changing the lineup on the Pier to appeal more to the 18- to 36-year-old crowd,” she said. This year’s theme, Thomas said,…

State Young Professionals will meet in Owensboro

Owensboro’s Chamber Young Professionals will host the state’s seventh annual YP Unite Summit in November. “We don’t know the details yet, but it’s great they selected Owensboro,” Dave Kirk, former CYP chairman, said Friday. “It’s such an awesome opportunity to show off what we’ve got going and why we were named a top city millennials…