Calitri speaks tourism: ROMP canceled this year, 2021 loaded with big events

Calitri speaks tourism: ROMP canceled this year, 2021 loaded with big events
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In April, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum postponed ROMP indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
At the time, there was hope of moving the June 24-27 event to the fall.
But the pandemic is still holding on.
And Chris Joslin, the Hall of Fame’s executive director, said the festival that draws more than 25,000 people from several countries to Yellow Creek Park each summer is canceled for this year.
It is now scheduled to return on June 23-26, 2021.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “ROMP is important to our community’s identity, as Owensboro continues to carve out a reputation as the Bluegrass Music Capital of The World.”
He said, “Although the event is tremendously important, thank goodness the success of the Hall of Fame is not tied solely to ROMP.”
Joslin said earlier, “It is fortunate that the Hall of Fame is much more diversified today than we were just a few years ago. While virtually everything is at a standstill for us currently, we entered into this crisis much stronger than we would have a few years ago.”
“ROMP will return and will continue to have a significant economic impact for our community,” Calitri said.
Kentucky tourism’s TV commercials this spring have featured shots of the Hall of Fame.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

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