mark calitri

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

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.

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.

25
Jun

Owensboro Kentucky continues to thrive as TownePlace Suites by Marriott opens

Owensboro Kentucky continues to thrive as TownePlace Suites by Marriott opens
“The TownPlace Suites by Marriott is a unique concept for the Owensboro tourism landscape”, said Mark Calitri, President of Visit Owensboro. Calitri pointed to the Marriott press release:
Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for longer stays, this new property offers studio and one-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, as well as separate living/working and sleeping areas. Guests can work and relax on their own terms in modern suites that feature full kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, adjustable workspaces with built-in shelves and lighting, a large flat screen television, as well as luxurious new bedding. Most rooms also feature the Home Office™ Suite, designed to provide guests with plenty of storage and flexible space to spread out and make it their own.

https://www.hospitalitynet.org/announcement/41003155/towneplace-suites-by-marriott-owensboro.html

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

23
May

The Surprising Kentucky Town That Makes an Excellent Weekend Getaway: Mark Calitri speaks tourism

The Surprising Kentucky Town That Makes an Excellent Weekend Getaway: Mark Calitri speaks tourism
Kentucky is a state that surprises many…
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/weekend-getaway-town-ky/?fbclid=IwAR2IeZPW8ChgTpsTbP7vJVS_tbYPGidlCcFa_W3dXxP8L6c_Tzaqhf51LGw
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

10
May

Brand USA takes Owensboro Kentucky to world stage

Brand USA takes Owensboro Kentucky to world stage
Owensboro tourism moved to the international stage Thursday night with the launching of Brand USA’s “Hear the Music, Experience The USA” campaign locally.
Brand USA, the marketing agency for American tourism, selected Owensboro as one of its Top 10 American music cities last year.
And a short video about Owensboro has already drawn more than 4.1 million views — and 22 million impressions, the number of times the website is opened — worldwide.
That’s more than any other city in the campaign, Tom Garzilli, chief marketing officer for Brand USA, told a crowd gathered at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, called the promotion “a beautiful opportunity for Owensboro.”
It’s time, he said, for the area to capitalize on its music heritage.
Kristen Branscum, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism, said Thursday was a time “to celebrate another feather in Owensboro’s cap.”
The community’s bourbon, bluegrass and barbecue promotion is something authentic that tourists — foreign and domestic — are looking for, she said.
Bluegrass music, Branscum said, “is a calling card for Owensboro and the entire state.”
The campaign targets the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico.
The content is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
VisitTheUSA.com https://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/in-the-spotlight/article_52ed632b-eb01-5a48-bf48-3309f2efbaba.html
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

2
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hank Phillips, President of Kentucky Travel Industry Association

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Hank Phillips, President of Kentucky Travel Industry Association

Mark Calitri Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Hank Phillips was the keynote speaker for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Phillips reported that Kentucky is now a travel state. He noted that visitors are looking for experiences that are compelling and authentic. A brand is a promise and Owensboro’s brand of bourbon, barbeque, and bluegrass fulfills the promise.
Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted Owensboro’s new highlight video.

https://www.facebook.com/VisitOwensboro/videos/370308123573251/

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

1
May

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: O.Z Tyler continues to lead tourism for Daviess County.

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: O.Z Tyler continues to lead tourism for Daviess County.
O.Z. Tyler Distillery was recognized as the Manufacturer of the Year at the 2019 Chamber celebration.
Owensboro has started to create the foundation to build a sustainable tourism infrastructure, which also offers quality of life amenities and experiences to residents.

http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/distillery-visitors-drink-it-in/article_3efb0eaa-e13e-11e6-b885-df3008afecac.html

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

24
Apr

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Owensboro Kentucky selected as Brand USA ‘Hear the Music’ City

Owensboro was selected as one of 10 music cities for Brand USA’s Hear the Music campaign, joining the ranks with cities like New Orleans, Miami, West Hollywood, Las Vegas and Detroit.
“This puts Owensboro on both the national and international map,” said Mark Calitri, President and CEO of Visit Owensboro, noting that the Hear the Music campaign has already launched overseas.
See the complete article: https://www.owensborotimes.com/entertainment/events/2019/04/owensboro-selected-as-brand-usa-hear-the-music-city/
“This is perhaps the biggest marketing opportunity in the history of Owensboro on an international scale. Internationally, these videos are being used as marketing tools and already have over a million views,” Calitri said of the Owensboro-featured music video and documentary.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.

10
Apr

Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Las Vegas. New Orleans. Owensboro? The headline is correct.