Tourism & Hospitality

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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CityWay developer funding downtown murals

May 30, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The CityWay development is generating more work for artists—this time three Indiana muralists who will paint the facades of downtown-Indianapolis rail bridges.
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Playoff run pushes Pacers closer to profitabilityRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers’ playoff run and a decreased player payroll—along with $10 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Board—have brought the team closer to breaking even this year, but not out of the red, sports business experts say.
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Live Nation drops beer prices at outdoor concert venuesRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $2.75 drop is meant to enhance the concert experience at Klipsch Music Center and The Lawn at White River State Park.
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Indy speedway replaces stage following inspection

May 25, 2012
Associated Press
A temporary outdoor stage set up to entertain race fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been replaced after it failed to meet new safety standards enacted by the state following last year's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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Fire won't stop Shelby County fair, organizers say

May 22, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers plan to put on a central Indiana county fair as best they can despite a weekend fire that destroyed its 133-year-old wooden grandstands.
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City’s final tab for hosting Super Bowl: $1 million

May 14, 2012
Scott Olson
CIB and city tourism leaders say that the money was well spent considering the game could translate to $300 million in direct visitor spending over the next several years.
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Bicycle advocacy group urges riding to work Friday

May 14, 2012
Associated Press
Motorists in central Indiana should expect to share the road with a lot of bicyclists during their morning and afternoon commutes Friday.
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Carmel event firm sold, relocated to Castleton

May 12, 2012
EventzPlus, besides hosting large gatherings, will also offer daily office space rentals to small business owners.
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Indiana State Fair makes management changes

May 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has hired a chief operating officer and a director of safety and security as part of management changes spurred by last summer's deadly stage-rigging collapse.
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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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State unveils six food trails as part of tourism effort

May 4, 2012
The trails feature more than 90 locally owned food destinations in six regions stretching from northern to southern parts of the state. They were launched as part of Visit Indiana Week.
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National Art Museum of Sport may leave Indianapolis

April 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The National Art Museum of Sport is considering leaving Indianapolis, a possible move stemming from the planned conversion of its home at University Place Conference Center and Hotel into a student residence hall for IUPUI.
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IUPUI to close University Place hotel and event center

April 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
In a stunning move, IUPUI has decided to close the University Place Conference Center and Hotel on West Michigan Street and will use the space for student housing, dining and classrooms.
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Ball State planning 100-room campus hotel

April 25, 2012
Associated Press
Ball State University plans to build a $25 million hotel in a building that will also have student-housing space, conference rooms and two restaurants.
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State fair rolls out concert lineup, strategy

April 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fair hopes to preserve attendance that’s traditionally tied to big-name concerts even though the events will take place downtown this year.
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Are corporate gift policies inhospitable?Restricted Content

April 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Sober times have made no-no's of many of the perks that once greased business relationships.
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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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DORA: Technology can divide customers, businesses

April 21, 2012
Jim Dora / Special to IBJ
Speed and impatience short-circuiting customer service.
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Indy not ready for another big hotel, experts sayRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Mason King
Speculation is deemed premature despite rising occupancy rates.
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Radio host buys site of burned Brown County music hall

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana business owner and radio show host plans on rebuilding a southern Indiana concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts before it burned down in 2009.
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