24
Feb

Mark Calitri: Kentucky Broadcasters Association coming to Owensboro Kentucky, convention center thrives!

KBA conference coming to Owensboro in October

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/kba-conference-coming-to-owensboro-in-october/article_c069da38-b349-5c32-871c-3f0d1835c9ee.html
Owensboro continues to successfully attract statewide conventions as meeting planners are sensing the buzz and excitement around our community. Great restaurants, hotels, and the riverfront scene are attractive to groups. My message is simple, the more outside money you can bring in, the better it is for everybody.

21
Feb

NO place has a venue like Owensboro Kentucky. Seattle, Detroit, San Diego-wait until you see Owensboro! -Randy Lientz race director.

NO place has a venue like Owensboro Kentucky. Seattle, Detroit, San Diego-wait until you see Owensboro! -Randy Lientz race director.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/hydrofair-seeking-volunteers/article_17966ec3-3d3e-5afd-85cd-c3c2f6f66e87.html
When hydroplane racing returns to Owensboro on Aug. 14-16, it will need about 100 volunteers working behind the scenes, Randy Lientz, the race director, told the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board of directors this week.
Lientz, who owns American Hydroplane Events in Evansville, said he needs some volunteers now, more during the three days of racing and a few after the event.
People can contact him through the race’s website OwensboroHydrofair.com.
Mark Calitri, CVB president, said his staff is working with hotels to put together package deals for fans coming to Owensboro.

17
Feb

Kentucky Bourbon Trail drew 1.7 million in 2019, Owensboro grows bourbonism

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/bourbon-trail-drew-million-in/article_b6ef8a1c-66f6-5225-9d48-f4df2a9f5e56.html
Last year, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and its companion Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour drew 1.7 million visitors from around the world, the Kentucky Distillers Association said this week.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, agrees.
“Bourbon tourism, or ‘Bourbonism,’ continues to thrive statewide in Kentucky and is growing in Daviess County,” he said. “The numbers continue to grow, and we are looking for a big year as we launch the John Wayne Experience in April.”

14
Feb

Watch Boats Fly On The Water As Hydroplane Racing Returns To Kentucky This Year reports Mark Calitri

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As the northern border of Kentucky, the Ohio River has been the source of much activity over the years. Of course there are many cities situated along the riverbank and one of the largest in our state is Owensboro. This vibrant town has so much to offer both locals and visitors, so much in fact that it just may surprise you. And in 2020, the city will welcome back one of its most favorite events, hydroplane racing. Owensboro HydroFair in Kentucky will take place in August and you should start making plans for a weekend getaway now if you do not live in the area, because this unique event is sure to be thrilling.

Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) said this event will continue Owensboro’s national reach, exemplifying what it means to be named “Kentucky’s No. 1 Sports Town” by Sports Illustrated.
“We will soon launch an aggressive multi-state marketing initiative aimed at selling hotel and convention center packages,” Calitri said. “We encourage Owensboro residents to invite their friends and family to enjoy this premier event and showcase their hometown.”

12
Feb

Mark Calitri reports: The Great Race coming to Owensboro this summer-raising profile of tourism in Kentucky

The Great Race is coming.
At about 5 p.m. on June 24, 120 vintage cars — the oldest made in 1916 — will roll into Owensboro on a 2,300-mile nine-day race from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina.
Cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and all over the United States will be in the race, competing for $150,000 in prize money.
Jeff Stumb, organizer of the Great Race, said in a news release that he expects a large crowd to be downtown to see the racers pull in.
“When the Great Race pulls into a city, it becomes an instant festival,” he said. “Last year, we had a couple of overnight stops with more than 10,000 spectators on our way to having 250,000 people see the Great Race during the event.”
June 24 is also the opening day of this year’s ROMP bluegrass festival, which has drawn more than 27,000 fans from several countries in recent years.

Mark Calitri, CVB president, said, “This is the country’s oldest, longest-running vintage automobile event. We are calling this the ‘Road to ROMP’ and will market it as a regional draw, focusing heavily on the GRADD region, Southern Indiana and Louisville. Our marketing plan will focus on partnering with the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & ROMP, along with O.Z. Tyler and our other important stakeholders.”
He said, “Our concept is to combine this event along with the Hall of Fame and create a festival-type atmosphere.”
In Kentucky, the race will stop in Paducah, Owensboro, Bardstown and Georgetown.

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11
Feb

Mark Calitri reports: ROMP music fest line up will drive economic impact to Owensboro


Mark Calitri reports: ROMP line up will drive economic impact to Owensboro
On June 24th – 27th, 2020, ROMP Festival takes place at Yellow Creek Park, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Produced by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the four-day music festival celebrates bluegrass and roots music, local artists, and healthy, farm to table food vendors.
Along with the previously announced Public Radio broadcast of Live from Here with Chris Thile, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The Devil Makes Three, and Sam Bush lead the latest additions to the 2020 lineup. Hornsby, a virtuosic pianist, is known for his mainstream success with hits like “The Way It Is” and “Mandolin Rain.” Hornsby also has ties to traditional American roots music, collaborating with Ricky Skaggs as well as playing and touring with the Grateful Dead. He has fused the plunk and dazzle of twentieth-century modernist classical composition to singer-songwriter emotional inquiries. The Devil Makes Three debuts on the ROMP stage bringing their unique sounds rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll. Longtime ROMP favorite and Western Kentucky native Sam Bush, known as the father of Newgrass, returns in 2020. Bush appeals to the masses, a consensus pick of peers and predecessors, of the traditionalists, the rebels, and the next gen devotees. Music’s ultimate inside outsider.
Prior ROMP Festival favorites We Banjo 3 returns along with newcomers Mandolin Orange, a duo which is lighting up the Americana music scene. The iconic voice of Dan Tyminski joins the lineup, known not only for his years with Alison Krauss & Union Station, but as the vocalist for the global Avicii hit “Hey, Brother” and The Soggy Bottom Boys’ “Man of Constant Sorrow” featured in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Longtime ROMP favorites Town Mountain also appear, just as they’re skyrocketing in popularity across the Americana circuit. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, fresh off a Grammy win last month, round out headlining artists for 2020.
Additional artists include: Balsam Range, Front Country, Trout Steak Revival, Blue Highway, The Price Sisters, and Giri & Uma Peters. More artists will be announced soon.
Tickets are on sale now. Four-day tickets are available for $165, and VIP tickets are $415 and include catered meals, air-conditioned restrooms, and prime stage views. Onsite tent and RV camping passes are also available. Children 12 & under are free. All ticket prices will increase on Tuesday, February 18th.

10
Feb

Mark Calitri reports: Owensboro Kentucky hydroplane racing brings return on investment

Owensboro hasn’t hosted a hydroplane race in more than 40 years, but officials say the 2020 Owensboro Hydrofair will not only be a first-in-a-lifetime experience for many of those who attend, but an exciting weekend that will bring the same engine roars, G-force speeds and fast-paced excitement that’s brought tens of thousands of people to the Owensboro Airshow each year.
Of course, this year’s summer event will take place in the water instead of the sky, but those viewing the event from land will be entertained from start to finish.
With 50 teams expected to travel to Owensboro for the event from all across the country (and Canada), and seven different classes of boats expected to race, American Hydroplane Events (AHE) Race Director Randy Lientz promises “nonstop racing action” to span the entire weekend event, which will run Aug. 14-16.
The Grand Prix America automotive-class hydroplanes are powerful, loud and fast, creating 1,600 horsepower through a supercharged engine, with the ability to reach 160 MPH.
Water shoots up behind and around the boats as they plow through the water, while the engines create a rip-roaring noise that is — for those who follow hydroplane racing — one of the sport’s most exciting components.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) said this event will continue Owensboro’s national reach, exemplifying what it means to be named “Kentucky’s No. 1 Sports Town” by Sports Illustrated.
“We will soon launch an aggressive multi-state marketing initiative aimed at selling hotel and convention center packages,” Calitri said. “We encourage Owensboro residents to invite their friends and family to enjoy this premier event and showcase their hometown.”
Hydroplane racing has been around for decades, but boats equipped with modern technology makes them faster and more exciting for fans. In 2019, over 40,000 people attended the Gold Cup in Ohio, and tens of thousands could show up to the Owensboro races as well.
“Fans from Texas, Washington, New Jersey and other places have already made hotel reservations in Owensboro for this 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.”
The event will be hugely impactful for the City, with conservative estimates set at a $722,000 economic impact over three days.
“When a destination attracts visitors, local businesses and residents win,” said Candace Brake, President & CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. “Talent recruitment is a critical component and integral to our growth here. Visitors are prime recruits.”
Not only does the Chamber hope visitors for events like these enjoy their stay in Owensboro, but that it makes a big enough impact to coerce them to come back — maybe even long-term.
“Not only are we hoping they return as visitors, we hope that they, or their children, decide to make Owensboro home one day,” she said. “When visitors come to Owensboro to experience a sports event or our unique flavor and flair, the revenue that’s generated improves our City.”

Visitors traveling for the event aren’t just reserving hotel rooms, as Visit Owensboro Destination Services’ Chris Gendek said the best seats — those on the water at the Owensboro Convention Center, where the start/finish line is located — are expected to sell out quickly.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, said the 2020 Owensboro Hydrofair is one of many new events that’s started to turn heads and put Owensboro in a new light.
“People across the Commonwealth, including those in Frankfort, recognize that Owensboro has created momentum and is capitalizing on that momentum,” he said.
https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2020/02/owensboro-hydrofair-expected-to-boost-tourism-economy/
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.