Tourism & Hospitality

Indiana fair remembers stage collapse 1 year later

August 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair came to a standstill Monday night to honor the victims of a deadly stage collapse one year ago that prompted sweeping overhauls of the fair's emergency plan and new regulations for temporary stages.
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Few regulations for Indianapolis food trucks to keepRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Owners, restaurateurs are hoping to avoid new ordinances.
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Super Bowl bid might spur new downtown hotelRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown is short of the four- and five-star hotel rooms preferred by National Football League sponsors and partners for a 2018 Super Bowl host, but local tourism officials are hesitant to add more hotel space just to secure a second Super Bowl.
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Tourism agency names ISO exec as interim director

August 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has named Mark Newman as interim executive director, replacing Amy Vaughan, who had led the tourism agency since 2005.
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Indy Zoo gets $2M gift for planned orangutan center

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Zoo said Thursday it that it received a $2 million gift toward its planned orangutan center from the family foundation of hotel developer Dean White.
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Fair victim settlement shields Indiana from company

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers presented their decision to offer an additional $6 million to victims of a deadly stage collapse at last year's state fair as a way to help those who weren't adequately compensated by its first settlement. But buried in the legislation was a clause protecting the state from having to pay even more.
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State fair opens with attendance increase

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana State Fair attendance is officially up so far this year thanks to a pair of opening-weekend concerts. Those concerts, however, took place in downtown Indianapolis, so crowds at the state fairgrounds actually may be down a little.
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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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Fair handles first thunderstorm under new procedures

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new, 425-page emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
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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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Anderson using Colts training camp in year-round tourism effort

August 2, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
With a new Indianapolis Colts coach and quarterback on the field, Anderson officials expect to see an increase in training camp attendance this season that will help boost tourism in Madison County all year.
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Gilchrist & Soames moves HQ, plans to add 40 workers

August 1, 2012
The maker of luxury soaps and other hotel toiletries has moved its headquarters from Indianapolis to a bigger facility in Plainfield, where it plans to add 40 employees within six months.
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State fair exec shadowed by tragedy

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
Cindy Hoye's life has revolved around fairs since she was a child growing up just 10 minutes from the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but for the past year, that lifelong love has been tainted by tragedy.
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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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Mayor vetoes hotel-worker blacklisting proposal

July 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a proposed ordinance aimed at hiring practices by local hotels, the mayor's office announced Thursday afternoon.
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City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

July 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are emboldened by the financial results of the city's first time hosting the NFL championship game in February, which produced a direct economic impact of $176 million, according to a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
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Hotel worker 'blacklisting' ban approved by council

July 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis hotels could no longer ban contract workers from direct employment under an ordinance passed Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Shelbyville racino operator settles with ex-manager Cordish

July 9, 2012
Bloomberg News
The operator of Indiana Grand Casino and Indiana Downs horseracing track in Shelbyville has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the property’s former manager, The Cordish Co., that helps pave the way for its reorganization.
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Indiana county ready for fair after grandstands fire

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
Temporary metal bleachers have been built along a track at the Shelby County Fairgrounds to replace the 133-year-old wooden grandstands destroyed in an arson last month.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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Settlement talks heat up between Athenaeum, Rathskeller

June 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Athenaeum Foundation is considering an offer from the operator of the Rathskeller to pay a portion of the cover charges he collects for concerts at the Biergarten. A lawsuit filed by the foundation seeks $1.4 million in previously collected cover charges.
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Carmel performing arts center hiring CEO from Tennessee

June 11, 2012
Scott Olson
A spokesman for Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel on Monday afternoon confirmed that it has hired Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Germantown, Tenn., near Memphis, to replace Steve Libman.
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Former Kentucky amusement park in bad shape

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
The new partners who are working toward reopening the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say the facility is in bad condition and may not reopen until 2014.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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