Tourism & Hospitality

Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Historical society reports more visitors at Indiana ExperienceRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Attendance at the living-history attraction that opened in 2010 grew 71 percent last year.
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Downtown Comfort Suites seeks bankruptcy protection

February 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The hotel, owned by an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp., says its largest creditor is New York-based German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million.
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Sugarland attorneys: Injured fair fans share in blame

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
Attorneys for country duo Sugarland say concertgoers were at least partly to blame for injuries suffered in the 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The stance drew a sharp reaction from fans Tuesday and prompted the band's manager to issue a statement criticizing the finger-pointing.
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Koch family could get Kentucky Kingdom answer this week

February 21, 2012
Associated Press
The Kentucky State Fair Board will discuss and vote on a tentative operating agreement with the owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind. A spokeswoman said the Koch family may rename Kentucky Kingdom.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. leader Zahn stepping down after 19 years

February 16, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Thursday morning that President Tamara Zahn plans to leave her position by June. Zahn was IDI's first president and has been in the post for 19 years.
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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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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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After the Super Bowl, what's next for Indianapolis sports?Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Barely a week has passed since Indianapolis hosted America's most popular sporting event, and already the Indiana Sports Corp. is retooling its playbook.
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GLADDEN: Build the Indianapolis brand with the very best service

February 11, 2012
James Gladden / Special to IBJ
The innovation that led to the execution of Super Bowl XLVI was truly remarkable. On so many dimensions (crowd sizes in Super Bowl Village, scarves, the Legacy project, volunteers, murals and Super Service to name a few), Indianapolis demonstrated that it is a first-class city. It demonstrated once again, and on a level never before seen, that Indianapolis is a best practice for those studying hallmark event execution.
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Hendricks County cultural trail highlights rural settingRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Scott Olson
Hendricks County is out to prove its suburban communities have more to offer than a convenient commute to downtown Indianapolis.
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Host committee CEO Melangton ponders next play

February 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton and her Super Bowl Host Committee staff helped turn a one-day football game into a 10-day celebration that attracted 1.1 million people downtown and millions in visitor spending. But with the game over, Melangton, doesn’t know where her own career path will lead.
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State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Debriefing with Super Bowl chief

February 9, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Melangton_Watch_VideoHost Committee CEO Allison Melangton opens up about the last three years. Why is she called "The Binder Whisperer"? How did she react to pushback against "super scarves"? When did she need to get tough with the NFL?
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Koch family takes another step toward Kentucky park

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of Holiday World have taken another step toward re-opening an amusement park near Louisville known as Kentucky Kingdom that closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair disaster

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The State Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards.
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Super Celebration site turnout less than expected

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Outlying communities say they saw steady ridership on free shuttles heading to and from downtown Indianapolis, but the sites received fewer Super Bowl visitors than expected.
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Indianapolis cleans up after 1.1M Super Bowl guests

February 6, 2012
Scott Olson
More than 1.1 million people visited Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis during its 10-day run, far outpacing expectations by host committee leaders.
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Fans encountering smooth departures at airport

February 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The most congested area of Indianapolis International Airport Monday morning may have been the Lids souvenir stand at the center of the food court.
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Super Bowl XLVI: hometown affair without hometown team

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Indianapolis-specific Super Bowl gear is outselling souvenirs commemorating the teams actually playing in the game, reflecting Hoosiers' enthusiasm for this year's festivities.
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Downtown crowds still strong even after game time

February 5, 2012
Scott Olson
Thousands of people stayed downtown to watch the game from a nearby restaurant or bar, many of which had lines stretching out the front door to get inside.
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Police adjust downtown crowd-control plan after injuries

February 4, 2012
Associated Press
Overwhelming "human gridlock" in Indianapolis' Super Bowl Village was causing police to rethink crowd control Saturday on the eve of the big game.
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Super Bowl payoff substantial, but may fall short of hype

February 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
There’s no doubt the Super Bowl crowds showered Indianapolis with cash all week. The question is, how much of it will stick after the big game is over? And how much will it mean to Indianapolis’ economy?
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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