Tourism & Hospitality

Black Expo sees attendance rise at Summer Celebration

July 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Attendance at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration was up 5 percent compared to last year, the local organization reported Friday afternoon.
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Plans progress for once-doomed City Market west wing

July 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Directors of the historic building on Thursday approved a proposal to use the west wing for office space, and as the home of the Indy Winter Farmers Market.
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YMCA, bike hub on track for City Market

July 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The bike hub is slated to open sometime next month, while a date of Sept. 7 has been set for the unveiling of the new YMCA. The facilities are part of an overall $3.5 million renovation to City Market.
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City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

July 12, 2011
The owners of the Traveler's Inn on Bluff Road face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, according to a lawsuit filed by the city on Monday.
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Local homeowners trying to cash in on Super Bowl

July 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The approach of the 2012 Super Bowl has prompted some Indianapolis-area property owners to start looking for a chance to lease their homes and condos for the big game.
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Black Expo changes to come after Summer Celebration

July 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Organization directors will announce in August any recommendations from an outside consultant brought in after employees voiced concerns about the leadership of president and CEO Tanya Bell.
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McNamara moving from Broad Ripple after 57 years

July 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The florist is moving from the Broad Ripple retail space it has occupied since 1954. Local developer Buckingham Cos., which purchased the property in 2000, is preparing for the redevelopment of Monon Place.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conrad's top chef rustles up advice

July 6, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Matiya_WatchVideoDo you need a culinary degree to be an executive chef? How do you serve hundreds at a time? What's the difference between cooking for Hoosiers and Floridians? Michelle Matiya boils it down.
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Indiana State Museum hopes for new start

July 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Museum begins a new fiscal year Friday with a different governance structure and a $1.1 million surplus.
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ICVA expects to fall short of 2011 room-night goal

June 14, 2011
Scott Olson
The convention association set out to book 725,000 hotel room nights this year for future meetings but so far is trending below the goal. An aggressive drive last year exhausted many of its prospects, new ICVA CEO Leonard Hoops said.
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Black Expo aims for more family friendlinessRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Black Expo is working to overcome last summer’s shootings and a recent staff mutiny, but observers say the root of the problem is declining interest among African-American adults in its signature event.
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East-side Ramada fetches $1.3M in online auction

June 10, 2011
Maria LaMagna
It's not yet clear who submitted the winning bid for the 188-room hotel, which is near Interstate 465 and Pendleton Pike.
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City’s only hotel water park dropping Holiday Inn brand

June 7, 2011
The hotel on the northwest side of Indianapolis will become the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park on June 13 after more than 30 years as a Holiday Inn.
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Inaugural Chowdown Midtown event set for launch

June 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Mirroring the popular Devour Downtown event, Chowdown Midtown features 34 restaurants in the Broad Ripple area offering specific menu options for the set price of $30. The event runs through June 16.
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Indianapolis lands Big Ten football title game through 2015

June 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men's and women's basketball.
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Groups eye once-doomed City Market west wing

June 2, 2011
Scott Olson
Although slated for demolition, the City Market's west wing is now generating interest from the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, who want to move there as part of an effort to support neighborhood development.
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Foreclosed Ramada hotel up for auction

June 2, 2011
The hotel on the east side of Indianapolis near Interstate 465 and Pendleton Pike will go up for online auction on Tuesday with a minimum starting bid of $300,000.
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Better Wi-Fi sought for stadium, convention center

June 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.
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Cultural Trail names executive director

May 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has hired its first executive director, Karen Haley, who was also the first director of the city’s Office of Sustainability.
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City Market set to oust 19-year tenant Enzo Pizza

May 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Directors of the historic building have notified the pizza restaurant that it needs to have its equipment removed by the end of the day on Friday after the two sides could not agree on a new lease.
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Ratio finishing City Market design work

May 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The architectural firm is set to be awarded a $120,000 contract to complete the work after the original designer of the renovations, Woollen Molzen and Partners Inc., disbanded last month.
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Indiana Live makes staff reductions

May 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Live laid off about 30 members of its 800-person staff this week as the race track and casino’s owners sort through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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City hosting another Big Ten championship

May 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Participants from seven Big Ten universities will be in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the women's rowing championships—the first time the event has been held at a neutral site.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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