31
Jul

Visit Owensboro spearheads community-wide destination development

Visit Owensboro spearheads community-wide destination development
“Owensboro Kentucky is a community on rise”, says Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro. “Our brand message is bourbon, bluegrass, and barbeque and those elements are deeply rooted in the Owensboro culture.”

Ferris wheel ‘small piece’ of overall plan

Calitri hopes to discuss the proposed attraction with representatives of the Gateway Planning Group who led the charge in 2008 on the downtown placemaking master plan. The president of the planning group will be in Owensboro this week, speaking at the August Rooster Booster breakfast.
“We are looking to open up a conversation with how a tourist attraction like this would align with their thoughts on the downtown plan,” Calitri said.
Overall, Calitri said the Ferris wheel is a positive move for the community.
“We have to be able to take advantage of these opportunities,” he said. “We don’t want to be a community that just says, ‘no,’ because that’s the easiest thing to do.”

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

11
Jul

Calitri says bigger conventions means higher revenue from hotel tax

The CVB has been pushing for more local tourism, with a focus on bettering Owensboro’s branding, economic development and entertainment venues. Part of bringing more out-of-towners to conventions held at the Owensboro Convention Center is by building more hotels that can hold a higher number of guests.
“We’ve been limited in Owensboro on the size of the conventions we can host,” said CVB President and CEO Mark Calitri. “The convention planners and convention customers will turn us down because they want to stay close to the convention center. The new hotel downtown is going to give us a chance, and we’re already starting to build on business and conventions because of that.”
Calitri and his team have been working to bring bigger conventions to the local area ahead of the finished construction of downtown’s newest hotel.
“We’re starting to put out the feelers. We have to do this two to three year out,” he said. “We can’t start planning when the hotel is finished being built.”

https://www.owensborotimes.com/features/business/2019/07/calitri-says-bigger-conventions-means-higher-revenue-from-hotel-tax/
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

1
Jul

Mark Calitri reports Visit Owensboro-CVB projecting 3.66% increase from room tax-

Visit Owensboro-CVB projecting 3.66% increase from room tax
Last week, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau approved an $815,480 budget that anticipates a 3.66% increase in revenue from its tax on hotel rooms.
The 2019-2020 fiscal year looks very good, Kyle Aud, board chairman, said after the meeting.
Mark Calitri, CVB president, said the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs will be here in July, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will return in January and the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association will be here in April.
The Kentucky Public Procurement Association is slated to meet in Owensboro in October 2020, he said.
Calitri said Kentucky is highlighting 2020 as the “Year of Music.”
That should help bring more people to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum and other music venues like Friday After 5, he said.
Brand USA, which promotes U.S. tourism in other countries, has named Owensboro one of its Top 10 American music cities and is already promoting it to international travelers.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Hall of Fame, said earlier that the Hall is planning three or four outdoor bluegrass shows downtown starting in 2020.
https://visitowensboro.com/2019/06/visit-owensboro-cvb-projecting-3-66-increase-from-room-tax/?olink=%2Fcategory%2Fnews%2Fvisit-owensboro-president-ceo-speaks-tourism%2F&otitle=CEO+speaks+tourism&rtax=category&rterm=614
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/cvb-projecting-increase-from-room-tax/article_4d4f302a-7f92-5df2-b63c-16672fd79d8b.html
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.