Tourism & Hospitality

IMOCA settles in at Murphy Arts, calls off move

December 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which faltered in the summer of 2009, is on stable footing at its year-old location in Fountain Square—so much so that it won't move closer to downtown, as it had planned.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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UPDATE: City Market has tentative deal with longtime tenant

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
City Market operators have reached a tentative deal to settle a dispute with Grecian Garden's owners after alleging the eatery was late on its rent payments for several months. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
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USA, Indianapolis lose out on 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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Unions target Indianapolis hotels

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unite Here has high hopes, but the industry fears its cost advantage would erode.
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KENNEDY: Let's find ways to sustain visitor business

November 13, 2010
Melina Kennedy
Our city’s economic prosperity has been bolstered for many years by our strong convention and visitor business. We need to do what we can as a city to propel this important driver of our economy.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis dwarfs Milwaukee in convention, tourism business

November 13, 2010
Indianapolis and Milwaukee are about the same size, with 1.7 million and 1.6 million people in their respective metro areas, but Indianapolis' convention trade is better developed.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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City's Conrad hotel investment starts to pay off for taxpayers

November 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city put up $25 million for the hotel, restaurant and condo development at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets, including $3.75 million in exchange for the economic equivalent of an 8-percent stake.
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Part of City Market renovation project put on hold

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City planners have downsized their renovation plans because project bids came in too high to meet the $2.7 million budget.
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Bebe Paluzza trade shows sold to industry vets

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bebe Paluzza Productions, which started as a local trade show for parents and grew into a series of consumer events staged in five cities, has been sold to two industry veterans who want to continue that expansion.
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Hendricks County launches tourism campaign

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Six months into a $750,000 plan to increase Hendricks County’s profile as a tourist destination, officials say group travel has doubled and hotel occupancy is up almost 3 percentage points—before an end-of-the-year push to get travelers to “Spend the Holidays in Hendricks County.”
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IU offering master’s degree in event tourism

October 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana University School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI will begin accepting students for the program next fall. The chairman of the school says the new degree fits well with Indianapolis' mission to be a convention destination.
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Corporations champion FFA’s mission

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The organization's annual convention, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, attracted 375 exhibitors, an impressive number considering the tepid economy.
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Suburban hotels take a beating as downtown recovers

October 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
As revenue per room falls, some hotels outside the center city are going on the auction block.
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AmericInn buys Fishers hotel, enters local market

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Minneapolis-based hotel chain AmericInn has purchased a Holiday Inn along Interstate 69 in Fishers, giving the company its first Indiana location.
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Georgia Street reconstruction project starts underground

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is under way on the $12.5 million transformation of a three-block stretch between Pennsylvania Street and Capitol Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly corridor.
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Fourth Artsgarden skywalk gets approval

October 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite objections, the Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to provide $600,000 in city funds to help build an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Circle City Classic organizers look to boost 27-year-old event

October 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A management shift and a renewed marketing effort that includes new attractions and increased advertising in key markets has Circle City Classic organizers optimistic about the annual event's future.
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Local ordinance could be key in City Market discrimination flap

September 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike state and federal law, city ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. That may be enough for the city to take action against Just Cookies, which operates in City Market, for declining a request based on the customer's sexual orientation.
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Crowne Plaza walkway to add to city's connectivity

September 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown said a $400,000 enclosed connector linking the hotel to the convention center will be done in February.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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