Conventions

Is Indianapolis becoming too expensive for conventions?Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A recent tax increase coupled with cut-rate competition from other cities has Indianapolis-area convention and meeting officials fretting about losing a longtime cost advantage.
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QUICK HITS: More people visit Philly than Indy despite similar tourism budgetsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Philadelphia offers strong historical draws and a plethora of downtown restaurants.
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City’s tourism agency reports strong 2012

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' hosting of the Super Bowl last February seems to be paying off for Visit Indy, which says the exposure the city received from the game is translating into more visitor interest.
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Deal to save racing show had many twists, turnsRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In a matter of a few months, operators of the Performance Racing Industry show and its upstart rival, the International Motorsports Industry Show, went from being bitter rivals to merging—a deal that will return the world’s largest motorsports trade show to Indianapolis next December.
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Tourism generated $4B for city last year, study says

December 6, 2012
A study released Thursday says the tourism industry in Indianapolis had an economic impact of nearly $4 billion in 2011, a 10-percent increase from the previous year.
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Nation’s largest motorsports trade show returning to city

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Performance Racing Industry Show will return to Indianapolis for five years starting in 2013, bringing about 40,000 guests and millions of dollars of visitor spending with it.
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Potential visitors eye Indianapolis attractionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Focus groups in Chicago, Louisville and St. Louis reacted strongly to photos of local tourism offerings like the Central Canal and the Artsgarden.
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Big Easy bests Indy in all but promo costs and visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
A comparison of Indianapolis and New Orleans as tourism and convention cities.
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Shortage of nonstop flights imperils convention bizRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ dwindling number of nonstop flights—especially to the West Coast—threatens to stunt the city’s convention business just as officials are marketing the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and downtown’s hotel market.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Filling the FFA gap in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Local tourism officials have known for nearly four years that the National FFA Organization annual convention will leave Indianapolis temporarily after an anticipated 55,000 members clad in their trademark blue corduroy jackets descend on the city for their confab Oct. 24-27.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Big game hunting at GenCon

August 25, 2012
Lou Harry
Break out of the Monopoly/Scrabble rut with these new games
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City's convention agency changing to more 'hip' name

August 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is changing its name to Visit Indy and dramatically altering its logo to appeal to leisure travelers as well as meeting and convention planners.
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Downtown Indianapolis gearing up for big visitor weekend

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Gen Con Indy gaming convention and the MotoGP race are among several events the city is hosting that could produce an economic impact of $150 million, according to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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CIB plans $5M repair to Capitol Commons plaza

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The project is part of a $63.9 million operating budget board members approved for 2013, which is lower than the current year's budget because it doesn't include Super Bowl costs or special payments to the Indiana Pacers.
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ICVA eyes funds from sale by CIB of downtown's Ober building

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Capital Improvement Board wants to plug a $2 million funding hole that will open up next year for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association with the expiration of a $5.9 million grant from the owner of the JW Marriott hotel downtown.
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Indianapolis hotels see sharp increases in room revenue

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis hotel market is poised to record a 10.8-percent increase in revenue per available room in 2012, according to projections from PKF Consulting. The city's hosting of the Super Bowl gave the market a huge, early lift.
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Orlando dwarfs Indianapolis in tourism, conventionsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
The Indianapolis and Orlando metro areas both have roughly 2 million residents, but Orlando’s theme parks drive a huge convention and tourism industry concentrated around a convention center miles from its downtown.
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High-stakes convention coming to IndianapolisRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Travel writers' annual meeting is a coup, but pressure is on to score a good impression
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Gen Con gaming for another attendance recordRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Scott Olson
As crowds get bigger, businesses take more notice.
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Austin, Indianapolis comparable across range of tourism benchmarksRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Many Austin attractions are related to its music scene and its status as a state capital and the home of the University of Texas.
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Overlapping downtown events give hotels a boost

April 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The annual Fire Department Instructors Conference attracts nearly 30,000 visitors to downtown. But with Race for the Cure on Saturday, demand for hotel rooms is even stronger, particularly toward the end of the week.
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Sleeping-products event a real eye-opener

March 14, 2012
Scott Olson
About 3,200 visitors are in the city as part of the International Sleep Products Association's biennial event, which showcases the latest technology in mattress manufacturing.
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Super Bowl puts city on short list for auto dealers convention

February 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
After winning national praise as the host of Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis has a shot at four major conventions planned for next year and beyond.
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Downtown officials outline future plans for Georgia Street

February 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The three-block stretch that served as the Super Bowl Village will complement, not compete with, traditional downtown gathering places such as Monument Circle, officials said.
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