Press Releases

The 78th annual running of the National Retriever Club (NRC) Championships, an American Kennel Club event for retrievers, is set to take place November 10-17 at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area.

Local Community Recognized for Tourism Economic Impact

Friday, September 28, 2018 10:00 AM

McCracken County received the Economic Engine Award from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) during the Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Protection of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue meeting this morning. The award is given to those counties in which tourism has had a significant impact on their local economy.

Tourism Works!, a compilation of community-level success stories produced by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) features Paducah’s engagement with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The publication debuted at the STS Congressional Summit on Travel & Tourism in July.

Tourism spending in McCracken County grew to $233.9 million in direct expenditures in 2017 according to the 2017 Economic Impact of Kentucky Tourism Report. This represents an increase of 2.6% over 2016 and contributes to a total economic impact of $15 billion statewide.

Mary Hammond Receives Summit Award

Monday, January 29, 2018 10:00 AM by Laura Oswald

Mary Hammond, Executive Director, Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Summit Award for “literally putting our community on an international map.”

Joseph Robertia will travel to Paducah to present his book, Life with Forty Dogs: Misadventures of Runts, Rejects, Retirees, and Rescues. The public is invited to attend two free events to meet the author and purchase his book.

Paducah CVB Honored with Traverse Awards

Monday, November 7, 2016 2:00 PM by Laura Oswald

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) recognized Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) destination marketing efforts with three 2016 Traverse Awards at the KTIA Traverse Awards Gala in Lexington, Kentucky on November 2.

Becky Straley Joins Paducah CVB Sales Team

Friday, September 2, 2016 8:00 AM by Laura Oswald

The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announces Becky Straley as the organization’s new Director of Convention Sales. In this role, Straley will support the CVB’s efforts to promote Paducah as a destination as she prospects for conventions and meetings to increase tourism economic impact.

Mary Hammond, Executive Director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.  Hammond was recognized at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) 2016 Annual Convention in Minneapolis, MN.

The 2016 edition of the annual Mountain Workshops, a 41-year internationally recognized collection of simultaneous photojournalism, video storytelling, picture editing, data visualization and time-lapse
workshops, will be held October 18-22 in Paducah, Ky. Held each year in towns throughout Kentucky, the workshops cover a gamut of skills that enable photographers to better tell stories about the
surrounding community while learning from professional visual storytellers, many of them recognized as some of the best contemporary journalists of our time.