In 1979, Murray's City Council created the Murray Tourism Commission. The office did not become full-time until the late 1990s. In 2007, the name of the organization was changed to the Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mission of the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to increase overnight stays in Murray through tourism and events, such as conferences and sporting events. The CVB also works closely with other community organizations to increase the economic impact in Murray and Calloway County.
The CVB staff plan and execute Freedom Fest, Murray's Fourth of July celebration. Citywide Yard Sale, a fundraiser for Freedom Fest, is also organized by the CVB.
The Visitors Center is located downtown at 206 South 4th Street. Visitors and locals alike are welcome to visit the Bureau to find the most up-to-date information on community happenings and to browse the wide array of brochures available.
Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Erin graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communications. In 2009, she obtained a Master of Science in Organizational Communications from Murray State University. Erin has been executive director since June 2009, and was event coordinator for the CVB for two years previously.
Raised in Paducah, Kentucky, Kayla graduated from Murray State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. She has been the Director of Marketing and Communications since April of 2018 and was the CVB Public Relations Intern for two year prior.
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