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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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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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Chicago tourism push increases pressure on IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Chicago tourism officials earlier this year unleashed a major advertising campaign that threatens to encroach on one of Indianapolis’ primary leisure travel segments. The Second City for the first time ever is marketing itself to other cities in the Midwest, such as St. Louis and Cincinnati, that are key targets for Indianapolis.
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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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Georgia Street redevelopment looking old already

May 5, 2012
Cory Schouten
The newly spruced-up stretch of Georgia Street between the Indiana Convention Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse is looking older than its age. Stone pavers are dislodged and stained. The wooden boardwalk is badly discolored. Bollards are askance after taking hits from errant vehicles.
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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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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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Quick Hits: Indianapolis offers more convention space, but as many people visit Baltimore

February 11, 2012
The Baltimore metro area, a larger market than the Indianapolis area, offers attractions and events related to its waterfront location.
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Landing another Super Bowl might not be such a long shot after all

February 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Talk of bringing another Super Bowl to Indianapolis began soon after week-long festivities kicked off for the 2012 game, but city leaders will have to find a way to generate more revenue for the NFL and its 32 team owners for Indianapolis to muscle its way into a regular Super Bowl rotation.
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Indy airport helping city make strong first impressions

January 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis International Airport Authority and Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee know impressions begin when people arrive in the city and continue to be formed when they depart.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Indy tourism officials launch Super Bowl ad campaign

January 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has launched a 25-day, $100,000 ad campaign to lure visitors to the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The campaign targets the Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
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Chicago mimicking Indy sports strategyRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Tourism leaders in Chicago are launching an initiative some observers think is a direct shot at Indianapolis. In October, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau formed its own sports commission and fed it $300,000 in startup cash.
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City tourism generated $3.6B in 2010, study says

December 14, 2011
An Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association study shows the amount of tourism dollars last year increased by $120 million from 2009. The city also attracted more visitors in 2010.
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Gen Con commits to city for five more years

December 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The annual Gen Con convention, which had a previous commitment to Indianapolis through 2015, is extending its agreement through 2020. The latest Gen Con event drew a record 36,733 visitors.
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Quick Hits: San Antonio convention trade is stronger than Indianapolis'Restricted Content

November 12, 2011
With 2.1 million people, the San Antonio metro area is 23 percent larger than the Indianapolis area, yet its tourism and convention business is significantly bigger.
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Kiwanis chooses Indianapolis for 100th convention

October 19, 2011
The Indianapolis-based organization will hold its annual convention in the city in 2015, marking its 100th anniversary. About 10,000 members are expected to attend.
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CIB contributes $500,000 toward tourism effort

October 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The gift will enable the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to continue an annual marketing campaign aimed at attracting Midwestern visitors to the city.
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Prime business events making a comeback in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Tawn Parent
Room rates are on the rise after a three-year lull.
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Class in Hoosier hospitality launched for Super Bowl

September 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The class is being launched Oct. 3 with the goal of getting tens of thousands of front-line hospitality workers—from hoteliers, caterers and restaurant servers to cab drivers and airport employees—prepared for the barrage of Super Bowl visitors coming in February.
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Gen Con convention betting on attendance surge

August 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Organizers of the four-day gaming conference think this year's event will draw 35,000 visitors to Indianapolis, thanks in large part to a bigger convention center.
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New Indianapolis tourism chief calls for bigger marketing budgetRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
In an interview with Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Anthony Schoettle, Leonard Hoops, the incoming CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, says Indianapolis warrants its own brand.
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Tech district could boost Indianapolis' convention businessRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association plans to attract more life sciences conferences.
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ICVA expects to fall short of 2011 room-night goal

June 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The convention association set out to book 725,000 hotel room nights this year for future meetings but so far is trending below the goal. An aggressive drive last year exhausted many of its prospects, new ICVA CEO Leonard Hoops said.
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