Tourism & Hospitality

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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Corporate hospitality in doldrums at Speedway

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unfathomable just a decade ago, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is trimming demands on hospitality packages in a scramble to fill vacancies and preserve what IMS officials call "a major profit center."
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British tour firms' visit may lead to transatlantic direct flightsRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
An initiative to bring 10 of the biggest travel tour operators in the United Kingdom to this year's Indianapolis 500 could be a first step in bolstering business at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, area golf courses and Indianapolis International Airport, where city boosters hope to establish direct flights to London.
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UPDATE: Tennis Center set for summer demolition

April 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to the university said they expect a combination of parking facilities and a multi-use athletics venue and convocation center to be built on the site.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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MZD lands tourism account for Hendricks County

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Seventeen agencies submitted proposals for the account.
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Indianapolis to host conference for occupational therapists

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Attracting the meeting is a coup for Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association officials who are trying to pull in more health-related events.
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Record visitor spending expected for Final Four

March 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tickets were snapped up fast for this year's Final Four, almost assuring a record economic impact for Indianapolis. But two more wins for Purdue or Butler could bring down projected visitor spending.
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Future of Big Ten tourneys in city unclear after 2012

March 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Indianapolis the next two years, but the conference's future in the city is uncertain after 2012.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy protection

March 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park horse track and casino in Anderson, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Sunday. The company's casino, racing and hotel operations will continue without interruption, it said.
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Stutz Business Center owner purchases Canterbury Hotel

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Turner Woodard has purchased the historic Canterbury Hotel on South Illinois Street. He said the hotel fits his vision of turning around properties and making them profitable.
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Convention center tours part of larger tourism strategy

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of Gen Con, one of the city's largest conventions, visited Indianapolis last week to get their first glance of the construction of the Indiana Convention Center expansion. Local tourism officials are using such tours to market the larger space.
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EDITORIAL: White Lodging delivers a winner for Indianapolis tourism

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Hindsight is always 20/20, but in the case of the Marriott Place hotel complex, foresight was just as clear.
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Indianapolis Indians use promotion to make Monday games profitable

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Concession-stand items for $1 started drawing crowds a few years ago to what had been a slow night at Victory Field.
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Indianapolis officials used Super Bowl to prep for 2012

February 20, 2010
Associated Press
Nearly four dozen host committee members and Indianapolis officials attended the game. The entourage will apply what they learned to the 2012 event.
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Local convention activity warming up during winter months

February 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Once considered a destination only eight months of the year, Indianapolis—with its compact downtown and indoor walkways—is emerging as a convention powerhouse even during cold weather.
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ICVA chief: Downtown Indianapolis will need another big hotelRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The 1,000-room J.W. Marriott isn’t even finished and support already is emerging for a second downtown hotel that would rival it in size.
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Quick hits: Comparing tourism in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio

February 13, 2010
A side-by-side look at infrastructure and visitor numbers.
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Four downtown hotels to be added to IndyGo's Green Line route

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The expanded service shuttling air travelers and airport workers to and from Indianapolis International Airport began Feb. 3, to the newly opened Fairfield Inn & Suites at West and Washington streets.
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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

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