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16
Aug

Tourism in Owensboro ‘trending in right direction in,’ Calitri says

Spending by tourists in Daviess County climbed 3% last year to $218.52 million, the Kentucky Department of Tourism said this week.
That represented a $6.31 million increase in money coming into the community.
“We’re the sixth-fastest growing county in the state” in terms of tourism, Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Thursday.
“We’re trending in the right direction,” he said.
Calitri said sports tournaments, O.Z. Tyler Distillery and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum are all contributing to the increase.
Brand USA, the marketing agency for American tourism, is promoting Owensboro internationally as one of its Top 10 American music cities.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/tourism-trending-in-right-direction-calitri-says/article_7842dfac-686a-5951-acff-47938fc3c641.html

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

14
Aug

CEO Mark Calitri speaks sports tourism in Owensboro Kentucky:

CEO Mark Calitri speaks sports tourism in Owensboro Kentucky:
Both the Owensboro Police Department and Owensboro Fire Department were awarded a $750 check from Sports and Recreation company 3Up 3Down Tuesday at the Owensboro City Commission meeting. The company wanted to give back to Owensboro after holding several successful tournaments in the area this past year. In turn, OPD and OFD will be putting that money back into the community.
“Sports tourism is really important to our economy as a whole, and there are three really important components to that,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO Mark Calitri. “One of the three most important components is to have quality event managers who bring good events to Owensboro.”
A part of that success comes from event planners and managers John and Trish Grass, who work with 3Up 3Down and their dedication to bettering cities like Owensboro.
“Prior to the season, Trish and I made a pledge to earmark at least one event each year to special people,” John Grass said. “This year we named our event the Armed Forces Tribute
https://youtu.be/H6h04dvKiBw
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

12
Aug

CEO Mark Calitri speaks sports tourism in Owensboro Kentucky

Both the Owensboro Police Department and Owensboro Fire Department were awarded a $750 check from Sports and Recreation company 3Up 3Down Tuesday at the Owensboro City Commission meeting. The company wanted to give back to Owensboro after holding several successful tournaments in the area this past year. In turn, OPD and OFD will be putting that money back into the community.
“Sports tourism is really important to our economy as a whole, and there are three really important components to that,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO Mark Calitri. “One of the three most important components is to have quality event managers who bring good events to Owensboro.”
A part of that success comes from event planners and managers John and Trish Grass, who work with 3Up 3Down and their dedication to bettering cities like Owensboro.
“Prior to the season, Trish and I made a pledge to earmark at least one event each year to special people,” John Grass said. “This year we named our event the Armed Forces Tribute
https://www.owensborotimes.com/news/2019/08/opd-and-ofd-to-put-1500-in-donations-back-into-community/

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

12
Aug

CEO Mark Calitri speaks: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari announced this week that it is adding Cheetah Chase, a third water coaster.

CEO Mark Calitri speaks: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari announced this week that it is adding Cheetah Chase, a third water coaster.
Matt Eckert, Holiday World’s president, said the $7 million investment will make the Spencer County, Indiana, theme park “the undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world.”
And that’s good news for Owensboro.

CEO Mark Calitri speaks about Holiday World

“We are extremely fortunate to be only 35 minutes away from Holiday World, which is one of the best amusement parks in the entire country,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said of the announcement. “Holiday World is a great asset to Owensboro.”
He said, “It’s a great additional amenity for the guests that are already in Owensboro attending a sporting event or convention at the Owensboro Convention Center. And, with Owensboro’s proximity to the park, we are seeing Holiday World visitors looking to add value to their trip by visiting O.Z. Tyler Distillery, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum and our amazing Riverwalk scene.”
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/holiday-world-adding-water-coaster-theme-park-helps-owensboro-hotels/article_b5147379-dca9-5c57-8cb6-8fd00d772f55.html
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

8
Aug

Owensboro Kentucky: Chamber CEO named a top woman in business

Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Candance Castlen Brake was named one of seven top women in business by The Lane Report.
“Candance has been our most valuable asset in helping to transform Visit Owensboro into an award-winning organization,” said Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro. “In today’s world filled with so much negativity Candance is a positive light for Visit Owensboro, me personally, and she is Owensboro’s #1 cheerleader.”

Chamber CEO named a top woman in business

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

5
Aug

Calitri says bigger conventions means higher revenue from hotel tax

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.”

https://www.owensborotimes.com/features/business/2019/07/calitri-says-bigger-conventions-means-higher-revenue-from-hotel-tax/

5
Aug

Owensboro Kentucky women in tourism: females who run local industry talk challenges, future

Owensboro Kentucky women in tourism: females who run local industry talk challenges, future
“Tourism is thriving in Owensboro and there is a real buzz and excitement about our community. These leaders are working hard in balancing life and work and are an instrumental part of this success,” said Mark Calitri, President & CEO of Visit Owensboro.
Calitri said, “The hospitality business is very competitive and extremely challenging at times. These women have worked hard in rising to leadership positions within their organizations and Visit Owensboro proudly salutes their efforts.”
Read about these amazing leaders:

Women in Tourism: females who run local industry talk challenges, future

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

2
Aug

Love Bluegrass Music? Owensboro, Kentucky Should Be Next on Your Road Trip List

Love Bluegrass Music? Owensboro, Kentucky Should Be Next on Your Road Trip List
“Wide Open County Magazine hits the nail on the head, “said Mark A. Calitri. The worlds only Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum continues to garner national attention as a must-see attraction.
This article highlights the complete museum experience:

https://www.wideopencountry.com/bluegrass-music-hall-of-fame-and-museum-owensboro-kentucky/

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.