Tourism & Hospitality

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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Local officials interested in hosting NBA All-Star Game

February 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With Lucas Oil Stadium and other new city amenities to show off, local sports and tourism officials are considering making a bid for the NBA's midseason blowout weekend.
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Concern for 2012 Super Bowl intensifies

February 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Labor meetings in Miami over the weekend did little to dispel speculation that the souring relationship between NFL players and owners could jeopardize the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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Super Bowl scarf-knitting, green programs unveiled for 2012

January 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled two unique programs bent on culling the state for a diverse volunteer base. But one well-known local black activist said the effort isn't good enough.
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Ambassadair travel club scores on Colts' success

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Colts’ second trip to the Super Bowl in Miami is scoring business for the locally based Ambassadair travel club.
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ICVA receives $5.4M gift to promote Indianapolis

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said Thursday that it has received a $5.4 million gift to help market the city's tourism and convention industries. The grant comes from a foundation headed by the developer of the Marriott Place hotel complex under construction downtown.
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Colts give local economy a kick

January 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl run giving downtown hotels, restaurants and retailers a multi-million-dollar boost.
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Indianapolis Conrad hotel nabs top honor

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conrad Indianapolis and West Baden Springs Hotel have been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2010.
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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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Uncertainty over 2012 Super Bowl puts hotels in a bind

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At issue is a dispute pitting NFL players against owners, and owners against one another over how league revenue should be divided. If it isn't resolved, the 2011 season could be shortened, delayed or canceled.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway negotiating deal with Levy Restaurants

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Chicago-based firm might take over food service at the Speedway as IMS continues to look for opportunities to outsource.
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Hotels spark expansion of downtown skywalk system

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Two walkways that will connect to the new Marriott Place hotel will extend downtown's network of skywalk and underground pedestrian paths to a total of 12 hotels with more than 4,700 rooms--the most of any downtown in the United States.
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Indianapolis still in hunt to be World Cup host

January 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was one of 18 cities included in United State's bid to host World Cup Soccer event in 2018 or 2022.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indianapolis Zoo blames crowd drop on bad weather

January 6, 2010
Associated Press
The zoo says it drew 1.05 million visitors during 2009, down from 1.1 million in 2008.
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Volunteers sought to host dinners

January 2, 2010
Central Indiana residents are being invited to host informal dinners for small groups of foreign visitors.
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Indy Visitors Channel sponsors contest for businesses

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The contest offers businesses a chance to promote something about themselves that might be of interest to hotel guests in the area.
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Racing industry trade shows won't conflict in 2010

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Performance Racing Industry Show has set its 2010 dates for Dec. 9-11. That means the International Motorsports Industry Show held in Indianapolis will have Dec. 1-3 to itself.
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Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Airport adds events to draw more people, revenue for vendors

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the first things new airport CEO John Clark said he wanted to do was to squeeze more use—and revenue—out of the new airport terminal’s Civic Plaza space.
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