28
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Visit Owensboro earns 2018 Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Member of the year award

“2018 has been a transformational year for our organization!”, said Mark A. Calitri, president/CEO of Visit Owensboro.
Calitri noted that one of the original goals for Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau was to develop a strong partnership with the Chamber and support each other’s efforts and work towards a common goal and this award highlights success in achieving that goal.
Kirk Kirkpatrick, master of ceremonies for the award event congratulated Visit Owensboro on the award saying that it was the first time the award has been won by a group and that cvb is ‘making history’.

Owensboro chamber of commerce awards Visit Owensboro Kentucky

This award serves as recognition for Visit Owensboro efforts this year in building a valuable and relevant organization to Owensboro and Daviess County.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com
Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

28
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Tourism for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky continue to thrive and create a powerful economic engine.

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Tourism for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky continue to thrive and create a powerful economic engine.
Kentucky Tourism Industry Association President Hank Phillips says, “Kentucky is riding a tourism wave that promises to grow, adding to its already impressive contributions to the state’s economy.”

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Tourism-related businesses and convention bureaus across the Commonwealth work tirelessly to cement Kentucky’s name in the tourism industry. And the results speak for themselves.
For the complete article and more information: https://www.nkytribune.com/2019/01/hank-phillips-state-riding-a-big-tourism-wave-creating-major-economic-impact-across-the-state/
Tourism for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky continue to thrive and create a powerful economic engine. In 2017 total direct expenditures are estimate at $197,38,898.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com
Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

26
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hear the Music national tourism campaign in Owensboro, Kentucky

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hear the Music: Owensboro, Kentucky

https://www.thebrandusa.com/media-events/news/brand-usa-expands-creative-music-campaign-showcase-endless-destination-experiences

Brand USA will promote tourism to several major cities and states as part of a campaign that encourages authentic American experiences. Included on the list of 10 are Austin, Texas, Detroit, Miami, Las Vegas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Owensboro and West Hollywood, California.
Mark Calitri, Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, made the announcement during a report before Daviess Fiscal Court Thursday evening.
“We’re hoping to put together a really big campaign behind that this spring,” Calitri said. “Hopefully the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. will join us. You just can’t buy that type of national exposure, and we’ll try to capitalize on it.”
Although it may seem Owensboro is a bit out of its league on the list, especially among major economic centers such as Detroit, Las Vegas and New Orleans, Calitri said the region is uniquely positioned in a part of the country Brand USA is targeting right now both culturally and geographically.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO

https://www.youtube.com/VisitTheUSA

26
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hear the Music: Owensboro, Kentucky works with the Wooks

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hear the Music: Owensboro, Kentucky

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/owensboro-to-be-featured-among-top-american-destinations/article_b0e56c2a-1553-5aff-8337-de27f60841e0.html

Barbeque, Bourbon, and Bluegrass. Owensboro, Kentucky, is a southern town bursting with charm. The birthplace of this genre, Owensboro is home to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum as well as the house of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass. The Wooks, local bluegrass band, share their favorite sights, sounds, and flavors of their hometown
Brand USA will promote tourism to several major cities and states as part of a campaign that encourages authentic American experiences. Included on the list of 10 are Austin, Texas, Detroit, Miami, Las Vegas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Owensboro and West Hollywood, California.
Mark Calitri, President & CEO praised Dave Kirk’s efforts in working with Brand USA during this incredible opportunity to tell the Owensboro story.

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO

https://www.youtube.com/VisitTheUSA

26
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Moonlite to be featured at Bourbon Classic in Louisville Kentucky

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Moonlite to be featured at Bourbon Classic in Louisville Kentucky

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/moonlite-to-be-featured-at-bourbon-classic/article_6b3c4424-724a-5ff1-a3e3-bffe7261d4aa.html
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 Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn. The pride and joy of Western Kentucky barbecue, Moonlite Bar-B-Q has been a decadent culinary institution for over 60 years.”
“This is an incredible opportunity to create strategic alignment of our great tourism partners, Moonlite, O.Z. Tyler, and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame,” said Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro.

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9NoTKgELIk

25
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Visit Owensboro earns 3 statewide awards during Kentucky Tourism Industry Association conference

February 25, 2019
Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Visit Owensboro earns 3 statewide awards during Kentucky Tourism Industry Association conference

Kirk named 2018 KTIA Emerging Leader

“2018 is turning out to be a tremendous year for Visit Owensboro,” said Mark Calitri, President/CEO of the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Visit Owensboro earned:
2018 Silver Traverse Award for promotional video
2018 Gold Traverse Award for the ROMP campaign
2018 Emerging Leader Award for Dave Kirk
2018 KTIA Economic Engine Award

“These awards are strong indicators that we are transforming Visit Owensboro to a valuable and relevant agency to this community,” said Calitri.
The promotional video and ROMP campaign were part of our overall strategic plan. Having Dave Kirk earn the emerging leader award indicates that we are successfully identifying, hiring, and training quality associates that bring value to Owensboro Kentucky.

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

25
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Owensboro Kentucky named 1 of 10 American Music City Destinations

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Owensboro Kentucky named

Owensboro Kentucky and Mark Calitri

1 of 10 American Music City Destinations
http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/owensboro-to-be-featured-among-top-american-destinations/article_b0e56c2a-1553-5aff-8337-de27f60841e0.html

The city of Owensboro 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. Included on the list of 10 are Austin, Texas, Detroit, Miami, Las Vegas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Owensboro and West Hollywood, California.
Mark Calitri, Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director, made the announcement during a report before Daviess Fiscal Court Thursday evening.
“We’re hoping to put together a really big campaign behind that this spring,” Calitri said. “Hopefully the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. will join us. You just can’t buy that type of national exposure, and we’ll try to capitalize on it.”
Although it may seem Owensboro is a bit out of its league on the list, especially among major economic centers such as Detroit, Las Vegas and New Orleans, Calitri said the region is uniquely positioned in a part of the country Brand USA is targeting right now both culturally and geographically.
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25
Feb

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: 2A State Championships a success for Owensboro Kentucky

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: 2A State Championships a success for Owensboro Kentucky

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/inclement-weather-cost-a-tourney/article_2915850e-9e4e-5619-810c-c942b53388cb.html

Mark A. Calitri, CVB president, said, “We’re an events town. We need events to draw people to Owensboro.”
And the strategy is working.
The 3 percent tax on hotel room rentals brought in $53,559 in January — up 10.7 percent from last year.
Those figures represent hotel stays in November because the money reaches the CVB two months after it is collected.
Calitri said the figure will eventually be higher.
One hotel is three months behind in turning in its tax receipts, he said.
Calitri predicted that February receipts (for December) “will be another record month.”

Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com