28
May

Exploring Kentucky | Big Comicon creates substantial economic impact to Owensboro by drawing new visitors, says Mark A. Calitri, Visit Owensboro

Exploring Kentucky | Big Comicon creates substantial economic impact to Owensboro by drawing new visitors, says Mark A. Calitri, Visit Owensboro.

OMG!Con continues to be a very good event for Owensboro and the Owensboro Convention Center, said Mark Calitri.
Calitri pointed to Dave Kirk’s Visit Owensboro Destination Management when he said the conference has a significant economic impact on Owensboro, estimating the OMG!Con will bring $300,000 to the community with a good attendance.
The indirect impact will be even higher, he said, giving the example of an OMG!Con ticket holder going out to eat, and the server from the restaurant spends his tip at another Owensboro business. OMG!Con said in years past the indirect impact is near $1 million.
https://www.owensborotimes.com/entertainment/events/2019/05/omgcon-prepares-for-fifth-event-in-owensboro/

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

23
May

The Surprising Kentucky Town That Makes an Excellent Weekend Getaway: Mark Calitri speaks tourism

The Surprising Kentucky Town That Makes an Excellent Weekend Getaway: Mark Calitri speaks tourism
Kentucky is a state that surprises many…
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/weekend-getaway-town-ky/?fbclid=IwAR2IeZPW8ChgTpsTbP7vJVS_tbYPGidlCcFa_W3dXxP8L6c_Tzaqhf51LGw
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

20
May

Exploring Kentucky | Downtown revitalization draws new visitors! Mark Calitri speaks tourism

Exploring Kentucky | Downtown revitalization draws new visitors!

Mark Calitri showcases downtown

Downtown Owensboro is coming alive with opportunities. The new convention hotel is going to be a crucial piece of the puzzle for Visit Owensboro to attract larger, more profitable groups. New restaurants are being planned that will add to the value of booking major conventions. The center attraction is the amazing Riverwalk scene. Our guests will be amazed!

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

10
May

Brand USA takes Owensboro Kentucky to world stage

Brand USA takes Owensboro Kentucky to world stage
Owensboro tourism moved to the international stage Thursday night with the launching of Brand USA’s “Hear the Music, Experience The USA” campaign locally.
Brand USA, the marketing agency for American tourism, selected Owensboro as one of its Top 10 American music cities last year.
And a short video about Owensboro has already drawn more than 4.1 million views — and 22 million impressions, the number of times the website is opened — worldwide.
That’s more than any other city in the campaign, Tom Garzilli, chief marketing officer for Brand USA, told a crowd gathered at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, called the promotion “a beautiful opportunity for Owensboro.”
It’s time, he said, for the area to capitalize on its music heritage.
Kristen Branscum, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism, said Thursday was a time “to celebrate another feather in Owensboro’s cap.”
The community’s bourbon, bluegrass and barbecue promotion is something authentic that tourists — foreign and domestic — are looking for, she said.
Bluegrass music, Branscum said, “is a calling card for Owensboro and the entire state.”
The campaign targets the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico.
The content is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
VisitTheUSA.com https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/in-the-spotlight/article_52ed632b-eb01-5a48-bf48-3309f2efbaba.html
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

6
May

Exploring Kentucky | The Best of the West

Exploring Kentucky | The Best of the West: Mark Calitri speaks tourism
The western Kentucky cities of Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah have teamed up for tourism, and are ready to show off their finest attractions, eateries, events and overnight lodgings. Meeting planners, this includes you, for corporate retreat sites abound in the West.

Best travel to western Kentucky

“Western Kentucky is experiencing a momentum in travel because of the authentic nature of our experiences”, said Mark Calitri, President, Visit Owensboro
https://www.lanereport.com/112978/2019/05/exploring-kentucky-the-best-of-the-west/

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

2
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Owensboro, Kentucky, steps up with $15M bluegrass museum and more

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Owensboro, Kentucky, steps up with $15M bluegrass museum and more

Mark Calitri Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

“Our riverfront is incredible,” Calitri said. “I had a pretty high-profile job in Cincinnati. While there, I could go out to eat and to the store and everything else, and never see somebody I knew. But here in Owensboro, it is different. In the summertime, every Friday we have what is called ‘Friday After Five’ on the riverfront, and it blows your mind how many people come to this free event. And, we just opened a new bourbon distillery, which is now on the official Bourbon Trail, which is visited by over a million people a year here in Kentucky. Our job is to rebrand this city. All roads lead to Owensboro.”
https://www.herald-dispatch.com/features_entertainment/owensboro-kentucky-steps-up-with-m-bluegrass-museum-and-more/article_f129d3f6-ad52-5bae-8478-a3ce1dbfb7f1.html
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

2
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hank Phillips, President of Kentucky Travel Industry Association

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hank Phillips, President of Kentucky Travel Industry Association

Mark Calitri Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Hank Phillips was the keynote speaker for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Phillips reported that Kentucky is now a travel state. He noted that visitors are looking for experiences that are compelling and authentic. A brand is a promise and Owensboro’s brand of bourbon, barbeque, and bluegrass fulfills the promise.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted Owensboro’s new highlight video.

https://www.facebook.com/VisitOwensboro/videos/370308123573251/

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

1
May

Calitri demonstrates history of leading destination marketing organizations

Mark Calitri demonstrates history of leading destination marketing organizations
According to the Bethel Journal, when it comes to marketing Clermont County and Cincinnati East as a tourism destination, Mark Calitri is master of the game. His focus is on identifying key tourist attractions in the county and marketing them.

https://issuu.com/cincinnati/docs/bethel-journal-092116/4

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

1
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Family-friendly cities

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Family-friendly cities
Finding a new place in which to practice is just as important to your family as it is to your career. Make it a good choice for both.
https://journal.practicelink.com/live-and-practice/family-friendly-cities/
Says Mark Calitri, president and CEO of Visit Owensboro, “Owensboro has just been honored as a ‘2017 Playful City USA’ for the second time by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit. This honor represents the city of Owensboro putting the needs of families first so kids can learn, grow and develop important life skills.” Calitri says that Owensboro Parks and Recreation runs a total of 23 parks and that Owensboro families tend to be active: walking, cycling and hiking are popular family activities.
“Owensboro is known for the three B’s: barbecue, bourbon and bluegrass,” Calitri says. A new International Bluegrass Music Museum is under construction, and families can also visit the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and the Owensboro Museum of Science and History. The Owensboro riverfront is also host to an annual family-friendly event, the International Bar-B-Q Festival.

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

1
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: O.Z Tyler continues to lead tourism for Daviess County.

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: O.Z Tyler continues to lead tourism for Daviess County.
O.Z. Tyler Distillery was recognized as the Manufacturer of the Year at the 2019 Chamber celebration.
Owensboro has started to create the foundation to build a sustainable tourism infrastructure, which also offers quality of life amenities and experiences to residents.

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/distillery-visitors-drink-it-in/article_3efb0eaa-e13e-11e6-b885-df3008afecac.html

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