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19
Sep

Owensboro Kentucky Mirror Mosaic to be replaced

Owensboro Kentucky Mirror Mosaic to be replaced

Gary Bielefeld’s Kentucky Mirror Mosaic — a giant mirrored map of Kentucky — is Owensboro’s largest and most visible piece of public art.
“It’s iconic,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Tuesday. “It’s a really important piece of art.”
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/kentucky-mirror-mosaic-to-be-replaced/article_e6d1dcdc-ad1f-57c0-9027-2b36f7573f7f.html

“It’s important to see community leaders like Gary step up with a project like this,” Calitri said. “It’s part of the beautification efforts in the community.”
He said the CVB will begin promoting the Kentucky Mirror Mosaic to tourists once the project is completed.

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

13
Sep

Mark Calitri announces tourism officials making Owensboro a sports destination.

Mark Calitri announces tourism officials making Owensboro a sports destination.
Owensboro Kentucky continues to thrive as sports tourism grows. This next year Owensboro will host a wide array of Kentucky State Championships including:
2 A State Championships- 7 sports
Kentucky State Archery Championships
Kentucky All A Baseball Championships
Kentucky All A Girls Softball Championships
Calitri said, “Convention bookings continue to climb, and we are looking at record breaking years in 2021, 2022, and 2023. “

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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6
Sep

Hospitality Construction | Making Room for More Hotels

Hospitality Construction | Making Room for More Hotels
Tourism, convention center renovations continue to push construction in the hospitality sector
In Owensboro, two new hotels – Best Western Plus and TownePlace Suites – recently opened their doors with 63 and 102 rooms, respectively, according to an article in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, which also noted that the city had just under 1,300 hotel rooms at the end of 2018.
Ground was broken in early June of this year on another 120-room hotel across from the Owensboro Convention Center, a Home2 Suites by Hilton.
Mark Calitri, president/CEO of Visit Owensboro, credits a few factors for the new hotel construction in town. Brand USA, which is the marketing agency for the U.S., named Owensboro a top 10 music destination for 2019, he said. In addition, there are increased youth sporting events, the O.Z. Tyler Bourbon distillery officially joined the Kentucky Bourbon Trail last year and the new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened late last year.
Calitri says the new hotels will only add to the visitor traffic momentum.
“These new hotel developments will allow Visit Owensboro to pursue larger conventions, since we will now have more hotel rooms in walking distance to our convention center. Since September 2018 up through August 2019, Owensboro has set several records in hotel occupancy and revenue.”

https://www.lanereport.com/116737/2019/09/hospitality-construction-making-room-for-more-hotels/

5
Sep

Owensboro Kentucky: Chamber CEO named a top woman in business

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.”

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

3
Sep

Calitri reports: Turf at Fisher Park ‘game-changer

Calitri reports: Turf at Fisher Park ‘game-changer’!
During the August board meeting of the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau Jared Bratcher highlighted the success and opportunities in sports tourism for Owensboro. Mark Calitri introduced Bratcher and asked him to outline the scope of sports marketing and how the CVB successfully collaborates with the City of Owensboro and Daviess County Parks Department to host sports tournaments.
https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/turf-at-fisher-park-game-changer-bratcher-says/article_b1670aa8-c5c5-5c43-89ff-e8ec90b18001.html#utm_source=messenger-inquirer.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3Frefreshed123%26-dc%3D1567508407&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline

21
Aug

CEO Mark Calitri speaks: Owensboro carving out tourism niche with bluegrass, bourbon, barbecue

CEO Mark Calitri speaks: Owensboro carving out tourism niche with bluegrass, bourbon, barbecue
Owensboro is ramping up its tourism push! Kentucky’s fourth largest city wants to capitalize on local assets that are synonymous with good times: bourbon, bluegrass, and barbeque.
https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2019/08/16/owensboro-carving-out-tourism-niche-bluegrass-bourbon-barbecue/2020103001/

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

21
Aug

CEO Mark Calitri speaks: Keep on Shining: The Bluegrass Legacy of Kentucky

“Every day Owensboro touches the world-European magazine Clash explores the enduring influence of Kentucky’s homegrown music.” said Mark Calitri, President, Visit Owensboro. This article highlights the importance of music and the culture of Kentucky. It’s a must read.
https://www.clashmusic.com/features/keep-on-shining-the-bluegrass-legacy-of-kentucky?fbclid=IwAR2ZPpz0SAlzW7w5QC4O1G-C6I-kcuRy9MsQW30_4fOSpYFSdK6mZxRLKwA

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

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.