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…

Cards for veterans project underway

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Western Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross’ 12th annual Christmas Cards for Veterans project is well underway. “We’ve already received about 2,000 cards,” Judy Peters, the CVB’s visitor services director, said Tuesday. “And people are calling every day.” Last year, that office collected 9,796 cards…

KTIA conference returns for first time since 2007

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association will bring its annual conference to Owensboro Tuesday through Thursday for the first time since 2007, when the Executive Inn Rivermont was still in business. “The largest attendance KTIA has produced is around 375 in Louisville in 2017,” Mark Calitri, president and CEO of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors…

CVB expecting international tourism soon

British Airways will launch daily flights from London to Nashville starting March 31. And that’s good news for Owensboro. “That will be great for us with tour operators since we’re so close to Nashville,” Dave Kirk, destination management director, for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum…

CVB, Convention Center win awards

ConventionSouth, a national resource for event planning, has named the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau as winners of its 2018 Readers’ Choice Award. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South,” Publisher J.…

CVB Ponders Special Floor for Center

Bratcher says it could host sporting events With no money in sight for building a 60,000-square-foot indoor sports facility that a study by Pinnacle Indoor Sports recommended this summer, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for other ideas. Jared Bratcher, sports marketing director for the CVB, told the board this week that…

Owensboro will soon profit from Airbnb transient room tax

Owensboro’s evolving economy and development has put more focus on the local tourism industry. To accommodate the growing numbers of tourists, residents and businesses have begun hosting their properties as Airbnb locations within the city and county, allowing out-of-towners to rent the properties for various reasons, events and timeframes. Airbnb agreed last year to pay…

Visit Owensboro is leading the charge for new sports development

“Owensboro Kentucky has been given a look into the crystal ball and the future begins today,” said Mark Calitri, President/CEO of Visit Owensboro.  In 2018, the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau released a study it had commissioned on the community need for sports facilities. Pinnacle Sports of Louisville recommended that the infields of…

Owensboro in the News

Brooklyn crew shooting bluegrass video here The Wooks, a five-piece “rhythm and bluegrass” band from Lexington, was standing between two rows of peach trees in Reid’s Orchard on Wednesday morning, playing The Romantics’ 1980 pop hit “What I Like About You” over and over. A film crew from The Mustache Agency in Brooklyn, N.Y., moved…

Air show crowd tops 70,000 over weekend

The seventh annual Owensboro Air Show drew more than 70,000 people from several states to Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport on Friday night and the downtown riverfront on Saturday and Sunday. Tim Ross, the city’s public events director, said all three days set records. Friday night’s crowd at the airport — estimated at 11,000-plus — was…