30
Jan

Calitri reports: New downtown convention center hotel construction to begin

Calitri reports: New downtown hotel construction to begin

Construction on the hotel near the Owensboro Convention Center on Second Street is slated to begin in the coming months.
The foundation work for Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel is planned for late spring or early summer, said Ed Ray, chief operating officer for Gulfstream Commercial Services. The commercial brokerage company is partnering with local developer Jack Wells to construct the building.
Ray said the hotel is in its design phase. The hotel will be an “extended stay” model, which provides more home-like amenities and are geared toward more long-term visits.
Downtown livability is a long-term goal of the City of Owensboro. The city commission approved an $80,000 contract in November with Fred Reeves and David Johnson, who own a consulting and strategic planning group called A+ Leadership, to study the feasibility of living downtown. The two will look at areas such as housing options, parking, downtown events and more for a year. Numerous city commissioners have also expressed as making downtown more livable as a goal for this year.
The hotel and apartments are tentatively to be completed by April 2021.
Mark Calitri, president of Visit Owensboro said, “This new downtown convention center hotel will force local elected officials, local businesses and tourism partners to come together to find new ways to create demand for Owensboro. We can’t just build it and they will come. That won’t work. We must be proactive and thing big picture to find innovative ways to attract conventions, sports events, and independent business travel.”

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

27
Jan

Mark Calitri reports: Hydroplane racing returns to Kentucky

10,000-plus expected! That’s 10,000 or more.
“Competitors will be coming from Washington, Florida, Maryland, Canada and all over the country,” Lientz said.
He said, “Fans from Texas, Washington, New Jersey and other places have already made hotel reservations in Owensboro for that weekend. Those are the die-hard fans.”
Lientz said, “We expect new fans to come from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and other states that border Kentucky. Basically, a three-hour radius around Owensboro.”
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “We will soon launch an aggressive multi-state marketing initiative aimed at selling hotel and convention center packages. We encourage Owensboro residents to invite their friends and family to enjoy this premier event and showcase their hometown.”
Friday After 5 that weekend should see a lot of new faces, he said.
Calitri said since this is a first-year event, “we have conservatively estimated the economic impact at $722,000.”

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

24
Jan

Mark Calitri reports: Joslin national anthem video goes viral

Mark Calitri reports: Joslin national anthem video goes viral
A week ago, 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 posted a video of the performance on their Facebook page and Joslin shared it to his private Facebook page.
And then, Facebook lit up with views and shares of the video.
Suddenly Joslin was the Jimi Hendrix of the banjo.
Hendrix’s performance of the national anthem on his 1968 Fender Stratocaster at Woodstock in 1969 is still talked about today.
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Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

16
Jan

Mark Calitri reports: Basketball, cattlemen to have $800,000 impact

Calitri reports: Basketball, cattlemen to have $800,000 impact
The combination of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association conference and the Kentucky 2A Basketball Championships in Owensboro this week should pump nearly $800,000 into the local economy, said Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The basketball tournament, which brings eight boys and eight girls teams from across the state to town, will have an economic impact of about $415,000, he said.
And the cattlemen’s meeting will mean about $374,000 to the economy.
Calitri said the tournament should attract crowds because the top two teams in the state, based on the Kentucky High School Athletics Association RPI rankings — John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown and Lexington Catholic — will be in the tournament.
Chris Joslin. executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, said, “I’m glad to see sports events and big conventions coming to Owensboro. Events definitely create a lot of energy downtown and provide compelling reasons for leisure travelers to be in Owensboro. People across the commonwealth, including those in Frankfort, recognize that Owensboro has created momentum and is capitalizing on that momentum.”
Chris Gendek, the CVB’s destination services director, said more than 90% of the rooms in the city’s chain hotels are already sold out and that’s projected to increase as the weekend approaches.

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

15
Jan

Calitri announces: Visit Owensboro to capitalize on Kentucky Tourism’s ‘Year of Music’ marketing campaign!

Visit Owensboro capitalizes on Kentucky Tourism’s ‘Year of Music’ marketing campaign!

Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro highlighted that on Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled the state’s new Visitor’s Guide in Frankfort. Calitri was very proud of the representation Owensboro brought the State’s Capital. Calitri said that Owensboro was fortunate to have strong collaborations with the world’s only bluegrass music museum and hall of fame. Calitri praised Chris Joslin for his efforts in building a world class museum that attracts guests from all over the United States. “The state has its sights set on us,” Joslin said. “Wednesday lays the groundwork for more things. Good things breed good things. Out of the blue, they reached out to us to provide bluegrass for the press conference. It’s great to see Frankfort reach out to Owensboro.”

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

6
Jan

Mark Calitri reports: Owensboro Kentucky officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy, The ’20s in Owensboro are expected to roar!

Mark Calitri reports: Owensboro Kentucky officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy,
The ’20s in Owensboro are expected to roar, local officials say.
Developer Jack Wells, the incoming board chair of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, is so confident in a strong local economy in 2020 that he joined with several other local investors in December to buy Towne Square Mall for $5.15 million with plans to redevelop it.
“I think the economy in our region is very strong,” Wells said recently. “I don’t see that changing in 2020. We will have a recession at some point, but I don’t think it will be in 2020. We have a pretty diverse economy here. We typically buck the highs and lows in the economy.”
Laura Alexander, general manager of both the Owensboro Convention Center and the Sportscenter, said, “I suspect we will end 2020 with more conventions than we had in 2019.”
There were 12 conventions last year.
Alexander said 11 have already been confirmed for 2020 and another four are studying the convention center’s proposals.
“2020 is going to be an exciting year for Owensboro and Daviess County,” said Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The CVB is proactively selling Owensboro and encouraging meeting and travel planners to look at the unique experiences we have.”
He said, “The Owensboro Convention Center and the CVB have increased our intensity in pursuing new events that not only fill the center but create an economic windfall for local restaurants, gas stations and hotels. One new conference is the Kentucky Association for Economic Development in May. This conference will bring economic development professionals from across the state and allow us the opportunity to showcase Owensboro and Daviess County.”
Calitri said the CVB is working with the convention center to upgrade the OMG!con gathering in June — one of the city’s largest conventions — “and improve the marketing, all with the goal of increasing this event’s economic impact. It’s run by a group of volunteers. We’re trying to find a local event manager to work with them.”
‘Cool national event’
And, he said, “We also are close to announcing a cool national event leading up to ROMP.”
The CVB is also working to brand Owensboro as both “Kentucky’s Music City” and “the cultural and culinary leader in Western Kentucky.”

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