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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.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/joslin-video-goes-viral/article_244e32f6-c5fc-53cf-bb0f-4e07da4e9ca5.html
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.

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/basketball-cattlemen-to-have-impact/article_fe179927-9e48-5125-bcc8-8c21aa7c2451.html#utm_source=messenger-inquirer.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3Frefreshed123%26-dc%3D1579176041&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline

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.”

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/officials-confident-will-bring-strong-local-economy/article_2af316ee-ed07-5b31-9823-369be956f45b.html

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

30
Dec

Calitri reports: Sears home in Cincinnati Ohio, home to Clermont County Tourism office

Calitri reports: Sears home in Cincinnati Ohio, home to Clermont County Tourism office
Posted by Cindy Catanzaro on December 29, 2016 in Batavia
A while back I was doing some research on Beatrice Lask, who identified over 500 Sears Houses in Cincinnati, and came across an article published in the Cincinnati Enquirer dated January 30, 1993.
So, off to Google Maps I went, to see if I could spot the house. Surely it wouldn’t be too hard, since it was on Main St. in Batavia, which is a fairly small village. I did find it pretty quickly, and what a great Sears House it turned out to be.
https://www.discoverclermont.com/clermont-news/8215/
The Ivanhoe was offered in the Sears Modern Home catalogs between 1912 and 1918, but we do know of other instances of Sears selling a house kit for a design that was no longer shown in the catalog. Hopefully the family would have a pretty good idea of the year of build, but I did find the original owner, James Ashburn, listed on “Main St.”, with no house number, in the 1920 Census, which was conducted on the 8th and 9th of January, 1920 in Batavia. That might mean the house was completed prior to 1920, or that the original owner lived in a different house on Main St at the time.
Many thanks to Mark Calitri, Executive Director of the Bureau, for letting me take photos of a lot of the original interior details of the house, like the fireplace with the Rookwood tile, with the triple door bookcases on each side. This makes me feel like a newspaper photographer! (Just kidding.)

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

26
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: The new Owensboro downtown convention center hotel will help boost tourism-New indoor sports facility being pursued!

Mark Calitri reports: Downtown hotel should boost tourism, officials say
But indoor sports facility needed
• By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer
• Dec 24, 2019

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/downtown-hotel-should-boost-tourism-officials-say/article_24dc1d47-5698-5047-bb00-787ae949884f.html
Construction on the 120-room Home2 Suites by Hilton and the 200 apartments attached to it across Second Street from the Owensboro Convention Center should begin in the spring.
And Matt Hayden, who’s building the complex with Jack Wells, said the 10- to 12-story project should be ready to open in April 2021 — if not sooner.
The new hotel is important for the continued growth of tourism in Owensboro, Hayden and Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently.
“In order to attract larger conventions, we have to have at least 350 rooms downtown,” Hayden said. “The new hotel will take us to 389 — 150 at the Hampton, 119 at the Holiday Inn and 120 at the Home2 Suites. That gives us a little cushion.”
The new hotel will also bring the total number of hotel rooms in town to more than 1,500.
Mayor Tom Watson said, “The new hotel will be something to hang our hats on. It will create more convention business.”
“The new downtown hotel will be transformative for Owensboro and adds another diamond in our crown,” Calitri said. “The CVB sees the next few years as crucial for Owensboro as our market has already successfully absorbed the opening of two new hotels with no real decline in hotel occupancy. Our challenge is to be proactive and continue to aggressively pursue innovative ways to attract new visitors and sports and convention groups to fill the hotels.”

18
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: PBS Bluegrass Now!’ is Owensboro’s largest TV production


Nashville producer Todd Jarrell is bringing an 80-member crew, whose members will be working 60-plus hours in four days to prep for the concert, capture the 7 p.m. performance by 35 or more musicians in 10 bands and do post-production work.
“This is a really big deal,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, told his board Tuesday. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” He said, ‘the audience is coming from nine states — Kentucky, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.”

The concert features Vincent, Lauderdale, Larry Sparks, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Dan Tyminski, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle.
Jarrell said his company has “delivered over 120 episodes of ‘Bluegrass Underground’ and seven multiartist prime time/pledge specials to PBS over the last few years. They trust us to bring the production home.”
“Bluegrass Now!” will be the third PBS show in six months to feature bluegrass.
“Big Family,” a documentary that featured the Hall of Fame, aired in August.
“Country Music,” the Ken Burns documentary that featured a lot of bluegrass, aired in September.

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

8
Dec

Mark Calitri reports: ‘Sportstown USA’: Owensboro 2020 will see major events

In 2004, Sports Illustrated named Owensboro “Kentucky’s Sportstown USA.”
And the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to highlight that designation in 2020.
“We are determined to live up to the title of Kentucky No. 1 Sportstown,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said recently. “We earn this title by aggressively pursuing top events across a broad spectrum of sports.”
And 2020 should see that effort kick into high gear.
Last week, the CVB announced that the Kentucky Scholastic 3D Archery State Indoor Championship will be at the Owensboro Convention Center from Feb. 27 to March 1.
More than 500 archers are expected to compete for a state championship in their division and class.
Chris McDonald, coordinator for the tournament, said it’s moving from Madisonville because it needs a larger venue.
“Owensboro has the perfect venue and so much to offer our families that travel for competitions,” he said in a news release.
Laura Alexander, the convention center’s general manager, said the tournament’s economic impact on the city should approach $400,000

https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/sportstown-usa-cvb-says-will-see-major-events/article_2bb6dcba-8069-5694-9240-6455d74be295.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
Dec

30-plus international tour operators coming to Owensboro! International travelers are looking for real, authentic American experiences.

30-plus international tour operators coming to Owensboro!
More than 30 international tour operators and travel planners from Brazil and Europe will be in Owensboro on Thursday, Dec. 5, checking out the city’s attractions.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Chris Gendek, of Visit Owensboro Destination Services, is in St. Louis this week for the Travel South International conference, talking to the tour operators and planners about Owensboro.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, is also at the meeting, playing bluegrass and telling the tour operators about the Hall of Fame.
Dave Kirk, the CVB’s destination management director said a full day of activities is being planned for the visitors from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.
They are scheduled to arrive at the Holiday Inn Riverfront and Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront at 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
After lunch at Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, they’ll tour the Hall of Fame and sit in on a jam session.
Then they’ll tour O.Z. Tyler Distillery and throw axes at Escape Today.
The visit will end with dinner at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art catered by City Walk.
Kirk said Owensboro’s proximity to St. Louis made the visit possible.
“They’re going to several places in Kentucky,” he said. “But we’re the first stop, and we’ll get to make the first impression.”
Kirk said many of the people on the tour have been to New York City and Chicago.
Now, they’re looking for something different and authentic, he said.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/plus-international-tour-operators-coming-thursday/article_9ee05bc6-2860-5990-b40b-a9e4ad151d65.html#utm_source=messenger-inquirer.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3Frefreshed123%26-dc%3D1575547209&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

4
Dec

Mark Calitri announces economic development news: Owensboro to see $400,000 impact in hosting state archery tournament

Owensboro to see $400,000 impact in hosting state archery tournament
For the first time, Owensboro has been selected to host the 2019 Kentucky Scholastic 3D Archery State Indoor Championship at the Owensboro Convention Center. This competition will bring in over 500 archers and their families from across the state of Kentucky to compete for a state championship in their division and class.
Kentucky S3DA State Indoor Championship Coordinator Chris McDonald said the decision to relocate the state championship from Madisonville’s Western Kentucky Archery Complex to Owensboro was based on the need for more space, which the convention center was able to provide.

“As this sport has grown rapidly in Kentucky, we required a larger facility to accommodate our needs,” McDonald said. “Owensboro has the perfect venue and so much to offer our families that travel for competitions.”
According to a press release from Visit Owensboro’s David Kirk, the event will take place Feb. 27-March 1, and the archers will compete for the title of state champion in their respective class and division, as well as for the title of KY Indoor Shooter of the Year. McDonald said he expects numerous college recruiters to be in attendance.
Owensboro Convention Center Laura Alexander said this event, and other events of its size, has enormous economic impacts on Owensboro.
“Having thousands of visitors in town staying in hotels, eating in our restaurants, shopping and buying gas will approach a $400,000 impact to Owensboro businesses,” she said.
Visit Owensboro President and CEO Mark Calitri said this event exemplifies his slogan of “Every day, Owensboro touches the world.”
“For this state championship, we will attract archers and their families from all corners of Kentucky,” he said. “This is a new event for Owensboro, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase an amazing community that’s thriving and has a positive energy.”
Caltiri said Visit Owensboro and the Owensboro Convention Center are continuing to collaborate in bringing more large-scale events like the state indoor archery championship to Owensboro.
“We are actively pursuing more opportunities like this that help support and build the Owensboro economy,” he said. “This event is open to the public and we encourage people to come to the Owensboro Convention Center with your kids and watch archers from across the state compete in one of the fastest growing sports.”

https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2019/12/owensboro-to-see-400000-economic-impact-in-hosting-state-archery-championship/
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.