The Miller House among top bourbon bars in America

The Bourbon Review, a quarterly magazine that features all things bourbon, has once again named the Miller House among the top bourbon bars in America.  The Miller House, which opened in 2009, has grown their selection from 30 to 40 types of bourbon to over 700.  Downtown Owensboro is the ideal location as one of…

Owensboro carving out tourism niche with bluegrass, bourbon, barbecue

Owensboro has become well known for its biggest assets: bluegrass, bourbon, and barbecue.  The annual bluegrass festival, the latest O.Z. Tyler Distillery addition to the Bourbon Trail, the world-renowned barbeque spots, and state-of-the-art riverfront park have landed Owensboro high on the list of cities in Kentucky ramping up their tourism.  Now, local developers are drawing…

Tourism ‘trending in right direction,’ Calitri says

Owensboro has upped its tourism development game, and the results are beginning to show. According to the Messenger-Inquirer article, tourist spending is up 3% since last year. Owensboro’s rise as a tourist destination in coverage across the US and internationally has brought visitors from as far as Brazil and South Korea. President and CEO of…

Holiday World adding water coaster/Theme park helps Owensboro hotels, restaurants Holiday World adding water coaster/Theme park helps Owensboro hotels, restaurants

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari just recently announced that it is adding Cheetah Chase, a third water coaster, making the theme park theme park “the undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world.”  The water coaster will feature two ProSlide rocketBLAST-powered racing slides, traveling 30 feet per second and the tallest RocketBlast at 27 feet tall.…

Ferris wheel ‘small piece’ of overall plan

Developers are working with Visit Owensboro to discuss the possibility of building a banjo-shaped amusement ride which would include a Ferris wheel and a drop tower.  Local officials have begun to seek out public opinion on the latest development idea, which seems positive from both local establishments and community members who’ve seen the model in…

On the Bourbon Trail: O.Z. Tyler expects number of visitors to grow

After undergoing a $7 million expansion, celebrating one year on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and welcoming visitors from around the world, O.Z. Tyler Distillery isn’t slowing down.  In fact, their visitor numbers doubled after their first year on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and are projected to continue growing.  The distillery expects visitors to increase over…

Calitri says bigger conventions means higher revenue from hotel tax

Downtown Owensboro’s new hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton, is now under construction, and the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention Center is excited to beginning filling those rooms.   As the CVB continues to develop downtown businesses, conventions and available hotel rooms, they want to begin targeting convention-goers specifically who wish to stay close to the Owensboro Convention Center. …

CVB projecting 3.66% increase from room tax

Owensboro’s future is looking even brighter! The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced their new 2019-2020 budget which projects higher revenue from the tax on hotel rooms. This means more will be put back into the Owensboro area in conventions, tournaments, and other attractions. Kentucky is branding 2020 as the “Year of Music” and as the…

Johnson, Bacon named to CVB board

David Johnson, previously a city commissioner in 2009, and Claude Bacon, vice president for administration, sales and eCommerce for LinGate Hospitality, were appointed to the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors.  They replaced Mathew McCloud and Tim Ross on the board in June.  The CVB is excited for these new additions to…

2,900 expected Friday for OMG!con

Cosplay, anime, and video game lovers reunited once again to make this year’s OMG!con the best yet.  After moving from Paducah to the Owensboro Convention Center to provide an atmosphere full of opportunity for its attendees, OMG!con has continued to grow bigger and better every year.  Not only has the convention expanded in numbers, but…