Tourism & Hospitality

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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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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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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