More rooms at the inn/Hotel building surge means more rooms to fill

When the Executive Inn Rivermont closed in June 2008, Owensboro was faced with a shortage of hotel rooms. It became hard to land big state conventions or big sporting events. The number of hotel rooms plunged to slightly more than 700. At the end of 2018, the number was back to just under 1,300 —…

Moonlite, Old Hickory win burgoo honors

When it comes to burgoo, Owensboro restaurants are hard to beat. Last month, USA Today and 10Best.com ran an online contest to see who makes the best burgoo in Kentucky. When the voting ended, Firehouse Sandwich Shop at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort topped the list. But Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn placed second. And Old Hickory…

Friday After 5 Partnering With CVB

  She said Friday After 5 will unveil its 2019 lineup on April 17. But Thomas said changes are coming to the lineup on the Kentucky Legends Pier behind the convention center. “We’re changing the lineup on the Pier to appeal more to the 18- to 36-year-old crowd,” she said. This year’s theme, Thomas said,…

State Young Professionals will meet in Owensboro

Owensboro’s Chamber Young Professionals will host the state’s seventh annual YP Unite Summit in November. “We don’t know the details yet, but it’s great they selected Owensboro,” Dave Kirk, former CYP chairman, said Friday. “It’s such an awesome opportunity to show off what we’ve got going and why we were named a top city millennials…

2A Tourney Sells Out Owensboro Hotels

CVB happy with the results Inclement weather during the inaugural Kentucky 2A state basketball tournament at the Sportscenter on Jan. 18-20 caused the event to lose $8,760, Jared Bratcher, sports marketing director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said this week. But Kyle Aud, CVB chairman, called the money a good investment. “From…

CVB newsletter to help businesses, attractions

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a free monthly email newsletter, starting Friday, March 1, to tell people what major events are coming to town. Dave Kirk, the CVB’s destination management director, said it will be especially helpful for restaurants to know when a large number of visitors will be at events…

Las Vegas. New Orleans. Owensboro?

Kentucky town on list of top US destinations OWENSBORO, Ky. – The city will be featured among 10 must-see destinations this year by a company that markets travel to and within the United States. Brand USA will promote tourism to several major cities and states as part of a campaign that encourages authentic American experiences.…

Moonlite to be featured at Bourbon Classic

Mutton sliders from Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn will be featured at Louisville’s Bourbon Classic on Feb. 23. The event will also feature three chefs from season 16 of “Top Chef,” which is set in Kentucky. A news release says, “It’s hard to match the authenticity and storied traditions of Kentucky’s beloved bourbon — unless you’re Owensboro’s…

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…