Each appointed board member provides a different area of expertise as it relates to hospitality and tourism

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 20, 2023) – The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced two new additions to the board during National Tourism Week. Both members are owners of local, popular attractions. 

Traveler’s Cellar Winery co-owner Derrick Huff joins the tourism board with several years of entrepreneurial and adventure travel experience. His award-winning boutique winery, Traveler’s Cellar, is a Bowling Green staple with several, well-earned Commissioner's Cup awards. Huff is also the visionary behind Bowling Green’s up-and-coming wine bar, Mustang Club, fashioned from the State Street High School’s gymnasium in the Historic Shake Rag District. Inspired by the school’s old mascot, the venue will offer a wine bar, gourmet brunch, and a discreet downstairs speakeasy with nods to modern luxury and connections to the spirited, roaring twenties. The Mustang Club will open in the fall of 2024. 

"I am incredibly honored to be nominated and selected for this position within the CVB Board of Directors,” said Huff. “I have called Bowling Green home since I was a little boy. Our city was and continues to be an incredible place to call home. The secret has gotten out; it is also a great place to work, play, and stay. We have a thriving, tourism-driven hospitality industry here, and I’m very proud to work alongside like-minded professionals within our community who wish to see our area prosper and grow for generations to come."

Cambridge Market and Cafè owner and general manager, John Hughes, will step into his father’s role on the tourism board. John’s father, Mike Hughes, retired from ownership of Cambridge in 2023 and also served on the tourism board for more than two decades. Incoming board member, John Hughes, recently celebrated the grand re-opening of the Fairview Avenue Cambridge Market location after a comprehensive remodel. The eatery is a family-owned cornerstone and John will bring important experience to the tourism board through his involvement in the local restaurant scene. 

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on Bowling Green’s tourism board. Tourism is the lifeblood of the Bowling Green community and I look forward to dedicating my time and efforts to this worthy cause. Serving our community has been and will always be important to our family and it’s an honor to continue carrying out that legacy.”

Existing CVB board members include Chairwoman Michelle Gorman, Vice Chairman Seth McClain, Connor Raymer, Byron Palmiter and Leon Volkert.

Included in Southern Living’s list of “South’s Best Cities on the Rise” in 2024, Kentucky's third-largest city continues to surprise and captivate visitors worldwide. To learn more about Bowling Green visit www.visitbgky.com.


The Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Bowling Green and Warren County, charged with marketing and selling the city as a leisure, sports and meetings destination. www.visitbgky.com