Tourism & Hospitality

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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Travel club startup patterned after Ambassadair trying to raise $5 millionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A former employee of Ambassadair travel club is trying to raise $5.3 million to finance the first six months of a business created in its image.
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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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N.Y., New Orleans eyeing Indy's Super Bowl playbook

February 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis, which is being noted as the cleanest and friendliest Super Bowl site, is being called a "hard act to follow" by future host cities.
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Indianapolis Children's Choir lands big Super Bowl gig

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forty-five members of Indianapolis Children's Choir will sing the national anthem along with recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday.
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Party planners hope to cash in on Super Bowl

February 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Local companies helping with game's festivities are using their home turf to showcase their talents in hopes it will lead to more work at future Super Bowls.
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Indy gets dose of star power with Super Bowl

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis will become a celebrity magnet over the next few days as Madonna and an assortment of stars from film, music and TV arrive for four compact days of entertainment and partying tied to the Super Bowl.
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Neighborhoods outside downtown hoping for big crowds, too

February 1, 2012
Scott Olson
Starting Thursday, a free shuttle service will carry Super Bowl visitors to Indianapolis-area hotspots such as Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square and Broad Ripple, or as far away as Carmel, Greenfield, Shelbyville or the village of Zionsville.
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Fans' first Super Bowl media day a hot ticket

January 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Media day has long been a major attraction at the Super Bowl, and this year for the first time, fans—many from the Indianapolis area—were allowed to experience the carnival atmosphere first-hand.
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Average price of Super Bowl ticket slides on secondary market

January 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
The average price for a ticket to the Feb. 5 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis fell to $3,982 on Monday, down from $4,311 since Jan. 27.
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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

  4. Sure, I'll admit that it bugs me to see that the IBJ.COM censors it's blog posts almost as much as the D of I does when someone points out the falsehoods and fabrications. _____But I think it bothers me almost as much that Captain/Defender/Disciple get his yanked too. You see, those of us with a sense of integrity, humanity, compassion, and a need for fact based opinion WANT to see all of his screeds posted. It makes our point so much better than we can do it ourselves.

  5. We're conflating two very different topics. Voter fraud is a myth and excessive gun violence is all too real. I just hope rational gunowners decide to stop being shouted down by the, well, let's call them "less rational" ones.

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