Tourism & Hospitality

Public tours planned for Indianapolis catacombs

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
Public tours are expected start this summer of catacombs dating to the 1880s underneath City Market in downtown Indianapolis.
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Zoo extends hours as warm weather brings big crowds

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
Zoo officials say the zoo will be open an extra hour, until 5 p.m., through this week to accommodate the visitors coming out during the early spring warmth as many area school districts are on spring break.
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Deal puts Farm Bureau's name on downtown concert venue

March 27, 2012
Farm Bureau Insurance is putting its name on outdoor concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park under a sponsorship agreement with event promoter Live Nation Entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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State launches grant program aimed at tourism

March 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman says the $400,000 initiative will help draw visitors and have a "lasting impact" on Indiana's towns and cities.
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City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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CityWay hires IMA curators to populate new hotel with artRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Curators have selected 24 contemporary artists to create work for hotel, to be known as The Alexander.
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Shelbyville casino fined $150,000 by state gaming agency

March 16, 2012
The most serious offense by horsetrack and casino Indiana Live involved sending electronic promotions to dozens of people who had voluntarily excluded themselves from receiving casino solicitations.
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Indiana Live parent seeks Chapter 11 loan extension

March 15, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis Downs LLC, parent company of Indiana Live horserace track and casino in Shelbyville, wants lenders to grant a one-year extension of financing for the Chapter 11 reorganization that otherwise would expire in April.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Sleeping-products event a real eye-opener

March 14, 2012
Scott Olson
About 3,200 visitors are in the city as part of the International Sleep Products Association's biennial event, which showcases the latest technology in mattress manufacturing.
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In with the new in IndianaRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Every year, there’s something new and different at Indiana attractions. Here’s our rundown of some of the changes you’ll find as you explore options for an in-state getaway.
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How to score a seat in a studio audienceRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Did Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" tapings at Hilbert Circle Theatre during Super Bowl week make you want to be a part of other studio audiences? Here are some tips on scoring seats in Chicago, New York and L.A.
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IU success spurs Big Ten tourney ticket sales

March 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are confident attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tourney will top last year's total of more than 86,000 and could surpass 90,000 for the first time since 2006.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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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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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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