Hotels hard hit by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic hit Owensboro on March 13 — Friday the 13th. “One hotel reported that they lost over $50,000 in future reservations,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said a few days later. “That’s in one day! This type of news indicates to me that April results could be…

CVB focusing on post-pandemic recovery

  Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, says there are 8 million people within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro. That includes an area bordered by St. Louis, Cincinnati, Lafayette, Indiana, and a few miles into northern Alabama. And Calitri’s goal is to bring as many of them to town as…

Owensboro makes national list of places to visit

Think you can’t enjoy a fall trip this year because of the pandemic? Well, this year, you don’t have to travel. You’re already in what Insider.com considers “one of the 16 best places to visit in the U.S. this fall.” The travel website lists “The Kentucky Triangle” — Owensboro, Bowling Green and Paducah — as…

CVB hoping entertainment returns with Friday After 5

“There’s a lot of activity going on in Owensboro,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board last week. “We’re not hitting home runs, but we’re hitting a lot of singles. We’re getting ready for the recovery.” Festivals, tournaments and concerts have been canceled this year by the coronavirus…

Tourism had $228 million impact here last year

2019 was a great year for tourism in Daviess County, the Kentucky Department of Tourism said Tuesday. The report said tourists spent $228.49 million here last year. That was up $9.97 million from a year earlier. And the 2018 numbers had been up $6.31 million from the previous year. Local officials had expected 2020 to…

Owensboro preparing for ‘huge sports tourism boom’

“We will have a huge boom in sports tourism,” Jared Bratcher, sports marketing director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently. “We estimated that sports tourism accounted for $20 million to $22 million last year. It would be a lot more than that with the new Fisher Park and an indoor sports…

Local hotel occupancy better than expected

Hotels across America saw their worst quarter in history between April 1 and June 30, STR, a company that monitors the hospitality industry, said this week. The average occupancy rate for the second quarter was 33.5%, the report said. That improved in June to 42.2% In Owensboro, things are starting to improve, a report for…

Owensboro ‘a showcase of America,’ photographer says

Carol Highsmith has traveled America for 40 years, preserving its towns and countrysides on film and digital formats. Today, roughly 100,000 of those images are on display in the Library of Congress and on its website. Last week, she was in Owensboro for the first time. On Tuesday, in a conference call with the Owensboro-Daviess…

Owensboro, mutton featured on ‘Kentucky Life’

Beloved Owensboro staples like the International Bar-B-Q Festival and Moonlite Bar-B-Q have been brought to national television through Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Life.” The segment has featured the best of Kentucky people and places for over 25 years. Owensboro’s shining moment focused on the history of mutton in the region and its growing popularity across…