Who makes the best burgoo?

USA Today and 10Best.com are running an online contest to see who makes the best burgoo in Kentucky. And the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging people to go online and vote for either Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn or Old Hickory Bar-B-Q. “Anytime you can be on one of these lists like this, it’s…

CVB hoping tour operators visit will increase visitors

Members of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau got to spend “quality time” with eight bus tour operators from seven states and Canada on Friday. And Dave Kirk, the CVB’s destination management director, said he’s optimistic that the visit will result in an increase of visitors to the city next year. “They’ve already booked…

Hampton Inn celebrates five years in business

A celebration was held Thursday to recognize five years in business for the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront hotel. The seven-story, 150-room hotel opened for business on Jan. 31, 2014, and has a 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor from 463 traveler reviews. Nearly every speaker who attended the celebration took time to…

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.…