Tourism & Hospitality

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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Benner leaving convention group for Horizon League

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Well-known local sports columnist Bill Benner is leaving his job at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to become senior associate commissioner for external affairs for the Horizon League.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race to Indianapolis Zoo's new cheetah exhibit

June 5, 2010
Lou Harry
Cheetahs: Race for Survival” is a terrific addition to the Indianapolis Zoo, even though its primary selling point—speed—can’t actually be seen.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Suspended Kruse hopes to keep famous auction going

May 26, 2010
Associated Press
Kruse's attorney said his 69-year-old client would like to find some way to keep the annual auction alive, possibly by finding another auction company to run this year's event.
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Football coaches' group to convene in Indianapolis

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The four-day events in 2014 and 2019 are expected to draw about 7,000 attendees each and fill a total of more than 20,000 room nights, likely ranking among the city’s 25 largest conventions each year.
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Indianapolis Zoo opening new cheetah exhibit

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The $2 million exhibit opens Saturday featuring five of the fastest animals on land.
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City Market steering away from food court reputation

May 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Proposed $2.7 million renovation would take down west wing and make cosmetic improvements before 2012 Super Bowl.
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Another renovation proposed for City Market

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are proposing a $2.7 million renovation of the downtown City Market, three years after the last major renovation failed to boost business.
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Officials: Despite expansion, convention center needs work

May 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Seven months before the $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is complete, convention planners and local convention and tourism officials are calling for an upgrade to the existing Convention Center space.
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Cheer competition inks three-year extension with city

May 13, 2010
Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held in Indianapolis through 2015. The competition is one of the city's largest annual gatherings, attracting about 20,000 cheerleaders and spectators.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

May 12, 2010
Society says the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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State tourism cuts alter marketing methods

May 7, 2010
Scott Olson
In light of a shrinking budget, the state has dropped traditional advertising campaigns to promote tourism and is embracing social media outlets to promote Indiana's attractions.
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General Hotels lands 5 new properties

May 4, 2010
General Hotels Corp. will manage five more hotels in Indiana and Ohio.
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City targets Georgia Street for $12.5M makeover

May 4, 2010
The project will create an event-friendly corridor from the expanded Indiana Convention Center to Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Indianapolis beats Louisville on visitors, but not spaceRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Together, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Kentucky Exhibition Center offer cavernous space. However, Indianapolis is attracting more guests.
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Connector bridges gap between convention center and stadiumRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Norm Heikens
Designers of a walkway that connects the buildings are making the experience as attractive as possible in order to overcome the psychological barrier of moving from one building to another.
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