Tourism & Hospitality

Conrad hotel's Spa Chakra closes abruptly

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Conrad General Manager Greg Tinsley says the hotel plans to reopen the high-end spa by Oct. 1, after receiving notification Friday that it had closed.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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Vonnegut memorial library to open this fall in Indianapolis

August 18, 2010
Associated Press
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library scheduled to open this fall in downtown Indianapolis will be part library and part museum.
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INSIDE DISH: Fairgrounds caterer revels in year-round gig

August 13, 2010
Mason King
Bartos Watch VideopPlying fairgoers with country-fried treats is just the start for John Barto, whose firm provides food-and-beverage service for confabs across the Fairgrounds calendar.
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Thousands beat it to Indianapolis for Drum Corps competition

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
About 30,000 people are expected to attend the Drum Corps International World Championships over the next three days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Vendors unsure of benefits from more State Fair days

August 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Many say it's too early to tell whether last year's decision to extend the Indiana State Fair schedule by five days is resulting in stronger sales.
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Gen Con Indy expects to draw 28,000 gaming fans

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Gen Con Indy runs Thursday through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center. It's in its 42nd year.
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Indiana Downs cancels horse races after complaints

August 4, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Shelbyville track's final race on Monday was canceled after a horse pulled up lame and was later euthanized. The track canceled its full card of Tuesday races.
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Bed-and-breakfasts complain of inferior ICVA support

July 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Local B&B operators squeezed by the economy, including Gary Hofmeister, claim they could be doing better if they got some support from the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Hotel operator says Indy hospitality growth spottyRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Norm Heikens
Convention center is sparking optimism, Schahet says, but overall market is still soft.
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Quick hits: Indianapolis and Kansas City are close match in tourism

July 31, 2010
Indianapolis and Kansas City, a metro area with feet in both Missouri and Kansas, are not only similar demographically, but the cities' convention and tourism trades have some measures in common, like number of annual visitors.
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Holiday Inn to hit auction block with $1M opening bid

July 26, 2010
Cory Schouten
A Holiday Inn hotel along Interstate 69 just north of 96th Street in Fishers is scheduled to hit the auction block next month with a suggested opening bid of $1 million.
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'Landstory' name opens new chapter for firmRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Scott Olson
Moniker reflects ownership change years earlier, better description of company's focus.
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City inks long-term deal with motorsports show

July 21, 2010
Scott Olson
An agreement with the International Motorsports Industry Show will keep it in the city indefinitely. Attendance for the three-day December convention is expected to top 20,000.
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Super Bowl Host Committee beefs up its staff

July 8, 2010
Three of the six additions are executives on loan from the Indiana Sports Corp. and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
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Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration schedule

July 3, 2010
Indiana Black Expo kicks off its 40th annual Summer Celebration July 12 with a full schedule of events.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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Risk inherent with bid to bring World Cup to IndyRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
But promoters of effort to bring global soccer competition here in 2018 or 2022 aren't concerned about repeat of financial failures of World Basketball Championships.
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Brother of late CEO takes helm at Holiday World

June 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dan Koch has been named president and CEO of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari amusement park in southern Indiana, taking over after the unexpected death of his brother Will earlier this month.
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City Market lands another fresh-food vendor

June 21, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Pretzel-maker A Taste of Philly expands from its current location at 42nd Street and College Avenue to take 200 square feet of space inside the historic downtown market, slated for a major overhaul.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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IMA hopes sculpture park brings acclaim, and donors

June 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $25 million park's grand opening is scheduled for June 20 following an opening-night party and a members-only VIP preview with artists and architect on June 19. Atelier Van Lieshout's "Funky Bones" is one of the featured sculptures.
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Holiday World president Will Koch dies at 48

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Koch, 48, led the amusement park for 20 years, during which time it added a water park and several world-class roller coasters.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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Circle City Sweets takes chance on Indianapolis City Market

June 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The stand that sells fresh baked goods opened last month, undaunted by the market’s recent history.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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