Tourism & Hospitality

Suburban-hotel mayhem whipsaws entrepreneurRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Greg Andrews
Two of Sanjay Patel's hotels landed in bankruptcy in November. Four others filed for Chapter 11 protection last year.
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Former Colt opening downtown event venue

November 18, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Former Indianapolis Colt Gary Padjen is turning a vacant 18,000-square-foot building near Lucas Oil Stadium into a venue he is hopeful will host everything from Super Bowl and other corporate parties to concerts and mixed martial arts bouts.
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Downtown's Nestle Inn under new ownership

November 18, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Nearly 12 years after opening Nestle Inn Bed & Breakfast, Steve and Barb Tegarden decided to sell the business at 637 N. East St. to marketing and hospitality veteran Leesa Smith and her husband.
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Oktoberfest organizers face bill for unpaid fairgrounds rent

November 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Board members of the German-American Klub of Indianapolis could be personally on the hook for more than $20,000 in unpaid rent at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Agency endorses big cut to state horse racing’s $58M subsidy

November 16, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indiana Inspector General recommends in a report that the annual subsidy paid to the state's horse racing community be reduced by more than half, to $28 million.
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Quick Hits: San Antonio convention trade is stronger than Indianapolis'Restricted Content

November 12, 2011
With 2.1 million people, the San Antonio metro area is 23 percent larger than the Indianapolis area, yet its tourism and convention business is significantly bigger.
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State Fair moves 2012 concerts to Conseco Fieldhouse

November 10, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair is moving next year's big concerts to a downtown Indianapolis arena in the wake of August's deadly outdoor stage collapse.
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IndyCar, NASCAR stars to face off in IndyRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The go-kart race at Conseco Fieldhouse is part of the third annual International Motorsports Industry Show at the Indiana Convention Center.
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Photographer sues French Lick resort over angels paintings

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Pamela Mougin, a onetime Indianapolis photographer who now runs a studio in Colorado, filed suit this month against French Lick Resort & Casino for copyright infringement.
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Terre Haute airport looks for Super Bowl business

October 27, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute International Airport officials distributed brochures and advertisements about the facility and its hangars during a business aircraft convention this month in Las Vegas.
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Verizon Wireless Center getting new name

October 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Outdoor amphitheater Verizon Wireless Center in Noblesville will be renamed Klipsch Music Center under a new sponsorship agreement between speaker manufacturer Klipsch Group Inc. and venue owner Live Nation Entertainment.
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Changes to state fair unlikely in 2012 legislative session

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers look ready to wait at least a year before changing any laws in response to the stage collapse that killed seven at this summer's Indiana State Fair. And that's if they change anything at all.
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Carmel mayor's next goal: Build posh, $32M hotelRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Cory Schouten
The principal developer of Carmel's City Center, Pedcor Cos., is working with city officials on plans for a four-star boutique hotel that likely would cost at least $32 million to build and may require an additional city subsidy.
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IMA losing chief right before big fundraising effort

October 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Maxwell Anderson is leaving his post as CEO at the Indianapolis Museum of Art just as the institution is preparing to launch a capital campaign it hopes will make up for financial pain inflicted by the recession.
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Art museum CEO Anderson headed to Dallas

October 20, 2011
Greg Andrews
Achievements during Max Anderson's tenure included opening the 100 Acres art-and-nature park as well acquiring the Miller House and Garden in Columbus. However,  he also had to grapple with fiscal challenges that led to more than $7 million in budget cuts.
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Indiana casino expanding to fend off competition

October 19, 2011
Associated Press
Leaders of a southeastern Indiana casino are banking on a new $49 million convention center and hotel complex to help it compete with a casino being built in nearby Cincinnati.
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Kiwanis chooses Indianapolis for 100th convention

October 19, 2011
The Indianapolis-based organization will hold its annual convention in the city in 2015, marking its 100th anniversary. About 10,000 members are expected to attend.
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Fair stage-collapse reports may not arrive until April

October 18, 2011
Associated Press
A pair of high-level investigations into the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse may not be released in time to help prepare for next year's fair.
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State fair profitable, but collapse will be costly in the end

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
Despite the Aug. 13 stage collapse killing 7 concertgoers, the Indiana State Fair turned a modest profit of $389,000 this year. But about $500,000 in potential revenue was lost in the aftermath of the tragedy, and two investigations will cost about $1 million by the end of the year.
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CIB contributes $500,000 toward tourism effort

October 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The gift will enable the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to continue an annual marketing campaign aimed at attracting Midwestern visitors to the city.
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City lands major expo with $19M economic impact

October 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The National Safety Council’s Annual Congress & Expo will come to Indianapolis for the first time in September 2019. It's expected to draw 14,000 delegates, likely making it one of the five biggest conventions the city hosts that year.
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UPDATE: CIB backs grant for Big Ten football championship

October 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The $125,000 in funds from the city’s Capital Improvement Board will help the Indiana Sports Corp. put on the Big Ten Football Championship game in December and basketball tournament in March.
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Anderson racino emerges from bankruptcy

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The parent company of Anderson racetrack and casino Hoosier Park has officially emerged from bankruptcy. The original shareholders of Centaur Inc., about 80 individual Indiana investors, lost their entire investment in the company.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Circle City Classic makes changes to boost event attendanceRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials are taking steps to reverse a dramatic decline in interest in the event over the last decade.
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