The First Concerts of 2021

Indoor concerts are making their return to Owensboro.  Sure, it will look a little different.  Audience capacity will be limited to ensure there’s room for social distancing.  You must also wear a mask unless eating or drinking.  Hand sanitizer will be a plenty.  But of course, it’s for your own safety and for those around…

CVB trying to rebuild community calendar

There wasn’t much on the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s community calendar during the last nine months of 2020. Most things were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s 2021 now, and the CVB wants to hear from people planning “tourism-friendly” events.   “Our calendar keeps the public, both locals and visitors, informed of…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors.   They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans…

Bacon appointed to state travel board

Claude Bacon, vice chairman of the board at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been appointed to the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s board of directors. Mark Calitri, CVB president, said having a seat on the state board is a big deal for Owensboro. “With the devastating results of COVID-19, this is a significant…

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…

CVB wins ConventionSouth award

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visit Owensboro arm has won ConventionSouth’s Readers’ Choice Award for the third time. ConventionSouth is a national multi-media resource for planning events in the South. More than 3,000 destinations were nominated for the honors. They were then placed on an online ballot and meeting professionals and fans voted…

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…

The Great Race coming here on June 24

The Great Race is coming!  On June 24, 120 vintage cars will roll into Owensboro on a 2,300-mile nine-day race from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina.  The oldest car competing was made in 1916.  Cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and all over the United States will be in the race, competing for…

Joslin video goes viral

Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, played the national anthem on his banjo at the 2A Basketball Championships at the Owensboro Sportscenter.  The Hall of Fame and Visit Owensboro later posted a video of the performance to Facebook which quickly went viral.  At the time of the Messenger-Inquirer…