Tourism & Hospitality

Interest expressed in reopening amusement park

January 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of an Indiana amusement park are expressing interest in operating Kentucky Kingdom, which closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana lawmakers ponder more for state fair victims

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
State lawmakers could provide an additional $4 million to victims of last summer's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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Downtown businesses make adjustments for Super Bowl weekendRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
Downtown businesses that are not in tourist-dependent industries are girding for Super Bowl weekend, hoping their spot in the big game’s storm shadow brings only a light dusting of logistical, scheduling and personnel hassles.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Indiana fair concerts going to expanded coliseum

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Commission decided Thursday to permanently move its outdoor grandstand concerts indoors and authorized spending $3.8 million to help prepare their new home: The Pepsi Coliseum located nearby on the north side Indianapolis fairgrounds.
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Workers sue 10 hotels, allege wage violations

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The lawsuit alleges that the hotels and subcontractor Hospitality Staffing Solutions regularly failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and forced them to work off the clock without breaks.
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Outlying Super Celebration sites prepare for fans

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Twenty Super Celebration sites — selected by the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee with visitors in mind — include seven located outside the metro area in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond/Wayne County, and Shelbyville.
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Premium prices sought for parking during Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Associated Press
Fans who come to downtown Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday had better be prepared to pay some big prices to park during the big game.
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Throng of volunteers involved in staging Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s biggest event of the year will be run almost entirely by an army of volunteers. Some 8,000 volunteers are helping to execute the preparations for the Super Bowl, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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Performers set to take to streets

January 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has its occasional street musician or juggler, but the Super Bowl will bring out a new breed of performer--more theatrical, more cutting-edge. Local arts supporters hope the taste will leave city officials and residents wanting street theater year-round.
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Indy tourism officials launch Super Bowl ad campaign

January 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has launched a 25-day, $100,000 ad campaign to lure visitors to the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The campaign targets the Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
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Local home and flower shows make Super Bowl shuffle

January 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The company that produces both the Indianapolis Home Show and the Indianapolis Home & Flower Show said a Super Bowl-related scheduling conflict led it to combine the shows this year.
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Children's Museum attendance hits another record

January 3, 2012
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis set an attendance record in 2011 with 1.27 million visitors, topping the high mark it set the previous year by 9.4 percent.
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City to host NFL awards event on eve of Super Bowl

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
The NFL will announce its annual league awards, including Most Valuable Player, in a two-hour prime-time special, "NFL Honors," to air on NBC on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 4.
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Chicago mimicking Indy sports strategyRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Tourism leaders in Chicago are launching an initiative some observers think is a direct shot at Indianapolis. In October, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau formed its own sports commission and fed it $300,000 in startup cash.
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Fieldhouse promoters have high hopes for first tennis event

December 30, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Pacers Sports & Entertainment and local tennis officials are hopeful a tennis event featuring Pete Sampras and Todd Martin at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be a springboard to much bigger tennis events, maybe even a Davis Cup match.
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Live Nation quietly unveils downtown basement venue

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Live Nation is quietly ramping up the schedule for a new 500-seat venue in the basement of Old National Centre. Managers are putting off the grand opening until after Indianapolis recovers from Super Bowl fever.
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Near-east-side Super Bowl efforts go beyond the big game

December 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
For a Super Bowl-related initiative to revitalize Indianapolis’ near-east side, the hardest work will come after the Feb. 5 game.
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Far-flung areas court Super Bowl spending

December 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown will be the focal point of Super Bowl XLVI, but communities from Zionsville to Columbus are aggressively pursuing some of the money visitors are expected to shower on the region.
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Openings launch new era for Indianapolis tourism

December 24, 2011
The $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion was completed in January, and the 1,005-room JW Marriott opened the following month.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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City tourism generated $3.6B in 2010, study says

December 14, 2011
An Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association study shows the amount of tourism dollars last year increased by $120 million from 2009. The city also attracted more visitors in 2010.
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Ten Hoosiers chosen for Georgia Street memorials

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The honorees include business leaders, former U.S. presidents, famous novelists, a Shawnee chief and a feminist pioneer.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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