‘Energy on Ice’ coming downtown

From 2004 to 2011, BB&T Plaza at the RiverPark Center became a giant skating rink, part of downtown’s “Winter Wonderland.” The event drew an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people to downtown between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day each year. But it got to be too expensive and ended after eight years. On Nov. 27, a…

CVB promoting ‘Operation Staycation

So, the CVB has launched “Operation Staycation” — incentives to get area residents to vacation in local hotels. “People love a good deal and are ready to get out and have some new adventures,” Chris Gendek, the CVB’s destination services director, said this week. “A staycation in Owensboro is a great recipe for that.” Dave…

Outdoor ice rink coming to Owensboro as part of Winter Wonderland

Outdoor ice skating is coming back to Owensboro this winter. Through a local corporate partnership that will last through 2027, “Energy on Ice” will be an outdoor skating rink in downtown Owensboro created using no taxpayer money. The rink will be the main attraction for the new Winter Wonderland, an annual event that used to…

Operation Staycation offers discounts and a night out of the house in September

Operation Staycation, a new program developed by Visit Owensboro, will launch in September, giving everyone who books a hotel room that month a variety of discounts at a handful of local places.  The program will allow those in Owensboro who are weary of traveling afar but going stir crazy inside their homes the chance to…

CVB turning to promotions to help fill hotels

Tournaments and conventions, the two cornerstones of Owensboro’s $220-million tourism economy, are both shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. So, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is concentrating its efforts on bringing Holiday World visitors to town to spend the night and promoting Owensboro as a “staycation” destination for area families. Local hotels and…

Owensboro preparing for ‘huge sports tourism boom’

“We will have a huge boom in sports tourism,” Jared Bratcher, sports marketing director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently. “We estimated that sports tourism accounted for $20 million to $22 million last year. It would be a lot more than that with the new Fisher Park and an indoor sports…

Local hotel occupancy better than expected

Hotels across America saw their worst quarter in history between April 1 and June 30, STR, a company that monitors the hospitality industry, said this week. The average occupancy rate for the second quarter was 33.5%, the report said. That improved in June to 42.2% In Owensboro, things are starting to improve, a report for…

Owensboro ‘a showcase of America,’ photographer says

Carol Highsmith has traveled America for 40 years, preserving its towns and countrysides on film and digital formats. Today, roughly 100,000 of those images are on display in the Library of Congress and on its website. Last week, she was in Owensboro for the first time. On Tuesday, in a conference call with the Owensboro-Daviess…

Excursion Train Rides Coming to Tell City

Decades have passed since the last passenger train pulled out of Tell City, Indiana. But at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Ohio River Scenic Railway will begin running regular weekend excursions between Tell City and Troy. “We’ve been working on this for about a year,” Logan Day, president of the railway, said Wednesday. Most weekends, the…

Visit Owensboro Adds New Board Member

The Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Owensboro) welcomes Curt Baker to its seven-seat board.  Baker is the general manager of Owensboro’s newest hotel, TownPlace Suites by Marriott.  He brings years of experience in the hotel industry working in hotels across the United States.  Baker will replace Darshana Patel when her term expires…