CVB is courting bus tour operators

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau will play host to nine bus tour operators from seven states and Canada on Friday. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said the idea is to “introduce them to Owensboro and put our community on their road map. These tour operators, if impressed, will book future bus group trips to…

CVB President Speaks Tourism

The official State of Kentucky visitor guides are now available and offers the most reliable source for information on planning your travels to Kentucky. “Visit Owensboro’s ad is prominently displayed in this year’s guide and highlights Owensboro as the cultural and culinary hub of Western Kentucky, “said Mark A. Calitri, president/CEO of the Owensboro Daviess…

CVB revenue up $25,000 in last 3 months; tourism starting to rebound

For most of 2018, receipts from the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 3 percent tax on hotel room rentals was down from 2017. But things turned around in September. And through November, the room tax brought it $25,194 more than it did in the same months a year earlier.   In fact, October was…

2A Basketball Championships features talented field

The inaugural Kentucky 2A Basketball Championships are finally about to begin, with the Owensboro Sportscenter playing host to the brand new event. Created for mid-sized schools, no local teams are involved with the 2A Championships. However, it is expected to have a big economic impact for the city of Owensboro. The closest participant school geographically…

Inaugural 2-A State set for Sportscenter

The inaugural Class 2-A State Basketball Tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Eight teams will compete in both the boys’ tournament and the girls’ tournament.   Boys’ play begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday when Glasgow (11-6) meets Morgan County (14-6). Other quarterfinal games Friday are undefeated John Hardin (18-0)…

Mark Calitri Speaks Tourism

Last year was an exciting year in Owensboro and Daviess County, Kentucky.  Here is a cool video of the highlights coming in 2019.  A combination of sports and conventions will create a tremendous economic impact for our community, “said Mark A. Calitri, President/CEO of Visit Owensboro. Some of Owensboro’s key sports groups are: The 2A…

Local economy looking good for 2019

Owensboro is on a decade-long run of major construction projects. And that trend is expected to continue in 2019. Unemployment is low and business leaders say they could fill 1,000 jobs if they could find the people with the skills they need. The only concern local leaders expressed this month was about the national economy.…

Cards for Veterans receives thousands of holiday cards

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Western Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross’ 12th annual Christmas Cards for Veterans drive collected more than 8,500 cards this month for area veterans. Judy Peters, visitors services director for the CVB, said that agency collected 8,471 cards. The Red Cross also gets cards delivered…

Kirk named 2018 KTIA emerging leader

Dave Kirk, destination management director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, was named 2018 Emerging Leader by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association at its conference Wednesday at the Owensboro Convention Center. Kirk, public information officer for Owensboro Public Schools from 2012 through 2017, began his new job in January. He has been in…

CVB trying to make Owensboro a destination

There’s a new billboard on I-65 at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. “Bourbon. Bluegrass. Authentic,” it says. There’s a picture of Sam Bush, the “father of newgrass,” wearing a Kentucky jersey and playing his mandolin. And there’s a picture of a bottle of O.Z. Tyler bourbon and a glass of bourbon that’s either half full or…