Basketball, cattlemen to have $800,000 impact

Owensboro hosted both the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association conference and the Kentucky 2A Basketball Championships last week.  The two events were expected to bring sixteen teams and 1,000-plus conference attendees which generated $800,000 into the local economy.  These events were exciting opportunities not only for their economic impact but for the future of the tourism industry…

Officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy

The local economy is bound to be booming in 2020!  Owensboro has experienced a steady trend of economic growth for the past few years which will begin to ramp up in the up-coming year.  From redeveloping Towne Square Mall to more conventions to new apartments and hotels, big things are happening!  Owensboro is becoming a…

First Writers on the River event set for November 2020

Readers, writers, and book lovers alike­– get excited about this one-of-a-kind event set for 2020!  Local published author and literacy specialist for Owensboro Public Schools, Amy Bellamy, is founding the first-ever Writers on the River event scheduled for Saturday, November 7.  This one-day event takes place at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum…

West Kentucky Boat & Outdoor Show

Where can you go to find all things boating and outdoors-related right here in Owensboro?  Take care of all your hunting, fishing, camping, and boating needs at the largest outdoor show in the region!  The Owensboro Convention Center is hosting the West Kentucky Boat & Outdoor Show, formerly known as the Kentucky Sportsman Show, Friday…

Downtown hotel should help draw larger conventions

The new downtown hotel, Home2Suites by Hilton, will be a transformative addition to Owensboro and its bustling tourism development.  The new hotel is located on Second Street across from the Owensboro Convention Center and is set to open for guests in April 2021 or sooner.  The 120-room hotel gives Owensboro three downtown hotels to help…

30-plus international tour operators visited Owensboro

More than 30 international tour operators and travel planners from Brazil and Europe visited Owensboro on Thursday, Dec. 5, checking out the city’s attractions.  Their tour spanned several cities across Kentucky, but Owensboro was the first stop and the first impression.  The tour of Owensboro highlighted all of Owensboro’s most unique assets including jam sessions…

‘Sportstown USA’: CVB says 2020 will see major events

Owensboro is determined to live up to its 2004 Sports Illustrated title as “Kentucky’s Sportstown USA” and Visit Owensboro’s efforts are kicking into full gear in the new year!  2020 brings several new premier tournaments and events across a broad spectrum of sports.  Owensboro is set to hold several 2A high school state tournaments that…

‘Kentucky’s Music City’

CVB wins honors for rebranding   For the second year in a row, Visit Owensboro has won top honors for marketing at the recent Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s annual conference.  The new International Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum, annual ROMP music festival, and recent selection as one of the top 10 music cities in…

Hall of Fame lands national PBS concert recording

In 2020, PBS will broadcast a historic concert featuring a range of up-and-coming and hall-of-fame bluegrass artists in an upcoming special called Bluegrass Now! The event, celebrating 75 years of the musical genre, will be filmed at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum on December 19.  This unique opportunity comes after Brand USA…

HOF drew more than 35,000 in first year

If you have yet to visit the new state-of-the-art Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you’re missing out! In its first year that ended on October 18, the museum saw over 35,000 visitors from 47 states and 15 other countries.  Crowds flocked to the new facility for the variety of exciting new entertainment events,…