Tourism & Hospitality

Twin Cities tourism outpaces IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Minneapolis and St. Paul together offer a larger convention market than Indianapolis.
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Bronze sculpture atop monument to be fixed

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
State officials say a bronze sculpture atop the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be removed for repairs on Saturday.
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Longtime City Market tenant fighting move

April 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Enzo Pizza is refusing to vacate its space in the historic structure and is suing to stop construction to convert the east wing, where it's located, into a bicycle hub.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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NFL tells future Super Bowl hosts to prepare for extreme weather

April 9, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
After seeing how snow and ice storms hurt the Super Bowl in Dallas this year, the National Football League is requiring that future host cities be better prepared to deal with inclement weather or disasters.
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Columbus prepares for wave of Miller house visitors

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Columbus Area Visitors Center expect national media attention to drive bookings for tours of the Miller house starting in May.
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Insurer seeks to avoid claims from wedding accident

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Michigan insurance company is seeking to avoid paying for any claims made by Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis involving a high-profile fatal wedding-shuttle accident last summer.
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Volleyball tourney expected to bring 20,000 to city

April 8, 2011
The 2011 Lids Team Sports Mid-East Qualifier, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature top female high school players on 65 courts inside the Indiana Convention Center.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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Indiana lawmakers OK hotel sites for casino tourneys

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's casinos would be allowed to hold card tournaments at hotels or other sites on their properties under a proposal that has cleared the state Legislature.
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UPDATE: City lures new convention chief

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has hired Leonard Hoops, executive vice president for the San Francisco Travel Association, to replace Don Welsh as its new president and CEO.
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New convention chief impressed with Indianapolis' vision

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An executive headhunter had been dogging Leonard Hoops for years about various career opportunities around the country. He always dismissed the leads—until recently, when he was told about the CEO vacancy at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Labor board rejects Hyatt petition to hold union vote

March 21, 2011
Downtown Indianapolis hotel prefers a secret-ballot vote, while the Unite Here labor union wants what's known as a "card check" system.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Big Ten tournament attendance, economic impact up

March 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hotel rooms were sold out three straight nights as attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament hit its highest mark since 2006.
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Frank's rules of travelRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Frank Basile
Following these guidelines can make for a better vacation
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Best bets: Finding the Indiana casino that's a winner for youRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
So given Indianapolis’ central location, what’s a gambler to do when she gets the urge to press her luck? Figuring that out is nearly as hard as deciding whether to hit or stand on 16.
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Hey Indiana, what's new?Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Travelers will see changes at statewide attractions.
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Super Bowl Host Committee lays out winter weather plans

March 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, has been appointed to handle weather preparedness for the Super Bowl to be hosted in Indianapolis in February.
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Indiana closes monument for repairs

March 10, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana says it's closing the Soldiers' and Sailors monument in downtown Indianapolis until November for repairs.
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Smoking concerns cloud city’s hosting of Big Ten tourney

March 9, 2011
Scott Olson
A group of Michigan State University alumni are upset that their school is paired with the Slippery Noodle Inn, a smoking establishment, in a city promotion that matches Big Ten universities with downtown bars and restaurants during the men's basketball tournament.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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Hyatt, union at odds over voting method

March 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the New York-based Unite Here labor union are attacking local Hyatt Regency officials for filing a petition Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board.
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Court OKs reorganization plan for Hoosier Park owner

February 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino owner Centaur LLC last week won court approval of its plan to cut debt by about $636 million and exit bankruptcy.
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Ex-manager files $600M suit against Indiana Live owners, others

February 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Maryland-based Cordish Cos. says the casino owners withheld $8.4 million in payments and conspired with other groups trying to sabotage its plans for a Maryland gambling facility.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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