Conventions

City inks long-term deal with motorsports show

July 21, 2010
Scott Olson
An agreement with the International Motorsports Industry Show will keep it in the city indefinitely. Attendance for the three-day December convention is expected to top 20,000.
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Football coaches' group to convene in Indianapolis

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The four-day events in 2014 and 2019 are expected to draw about 7,000 attendees each and fill a total of more than 20,000 room nights, likely ranking among the city’s 25 largest conventions each year.
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Cheer competition inks three-year extension with city

May 13, 2010
Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held in Indianapolis through 2015. The competition is one of the city's largest annual gatherings, attracting about 20,000 cheerleaders and spectators.
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City targets Georgia Street for $12.5M makeover

May 4, 2010
The project will create an event-friendly corridor from the expanded Indiana Convention Center to Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Connector bridges gap between convention center and stadiumRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Norm Heikens
Designers of a walkway that connects the buildings are making the experience as attractive as possible in order to overcome the psychological barrier of moving from one building to another.
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Hotels slowly recovering from worst downturn in 40 years

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates in the last two years have plunged nationally and locally to levels not seen in decades, putting a number of hotels at or near the financial breaking point. But relief finally appears to be on the way.
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Indianapolis to host conference for occupational therapists

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Attracting the meeting is a coup for Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association officials who are trying to pull in more health-related events.
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Convention center tours part of larger tourism strategy

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of Gen Con, one of the city's largest conventions, visited Indianapolis last week to get their first glance of the construction of the Indiana Convention Center expansion. Local tourism officials are using such tours to market the larger space.
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Local convention activity warming up during winter months

February 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Once considered a destination only eight months of the year, Indianapolis—with its compact downtown and indoor walkways—is emerging as a convention powerhouse even during cold weather.
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ICVA chief: Downtown Indianapolis will need another big hotelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The 1,000-room J.W. Marriott isn’t even finished and support already is emerging for a second downtown hotel that would rival it in size.
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Quick hits: Comparing tourism in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio

February 13, 2010
A side-by-side look at infrastructure and visitor numbers.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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Racing industry trade shows won't conflict in 2010

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Performance Racing Industry Show has set its 2010 dates for Dec. 9-11. That means the International Motorsports Industry Show held in Indianapolis will have Dec. 1-3 to itself.
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Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Motorsports industry show to stay here through 2015

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural show opened Dec. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Local convention leaders wine, dine crucial meeting planners

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Behind every convention that rolls into Indianapolis is a tedious sales effort as intense and invisible as a riptide. Sometimes the sale cycle lasts as long as six years.
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Members of City-County Council form task force to study CIB financial problems

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
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New downtown museum invites visitors to bang a drum

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Percussive Arts Society plans to open an interactive museum at Washington and Illinois streets downtown.
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Fort Wayne lures long-time conventions from Indy

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne's expanded convention center and a planned downtown hotel are proving attractive to conventions, including at least four events long held in Indianapolis.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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ICVA unlikely to seek loan to pay for enhanced marketing

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The idea of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association taking out a loan was not warmly received by city officials. And financial institutions were less than thrilled with the idea given the ICVA’s diminishing revenue and increasing costs.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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