Tourism & Hospitality

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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Motorsports industry show to stay here through 2015

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural show opened Dec. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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Indiana Historical Society lands $2M for new exhibits

December 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dubbed the "Indiana Experience," the exhibits represent the first ticketed tourist attraction at the society's headquarters building.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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State Museum to close on most Mondays

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The museum has been facing tight budgets and dropping attendance.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Tennis officials confirm sale of tournament

November 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials with the Indianapolis Tennis Championships confirmed that they are selling the rights to host an annual men's professional tennis event that has roots in Indianapolis dating back to 1920.
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Topping off planned for JW Marriott hotel

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 34-story hotel, the city's largest, is scheduled to open in 2011.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Pizza restaurants in works; wine shop heading to Fishers

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Hot Box Pizza plans to open a downtown location in the Harness Factory Lofts building, and WineTyme, a new local shop selling wines, craft beers and gourmet food, is coming to Fishers.
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Indianapolis lawyer to open bar and lounge in 3Mass building on Mass Ave

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The bar, which isn't yet named, will be Baker & Daniels lawyer Trevor Belden's first bar.
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Hotel TV program touts Indianapolis, helps businesses reach travelersRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Indianapolis Visitors Channel, which airs on closed-circuit networks in more than 6,400 area hotel rooms, highlights some of the city’s most popular attractions and promotes local businesses—both through traditional advertising and sponsored features.
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Conner Prairie reports rising attendance, revenue

November 18, 2009
Scott Olson
Conner Prairie is ending 2009 in relatively better health than last year, as attendance and revenues are up at the same time donations are lagging, executives of the living history museum said Wednesday.
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Indiana tourism sites staying busy despite soft economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Hoosiers are shrugging off hard times and heading out on vacation, so much so that some of the state's top attractions actually are seeing attendance boomlets. But the travelers are sticking close to home, and they're clenching their dollars tightly.
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Local convention leaders wine, dine crucial meeting planners

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Behind every convention that rolls into Indianapolis is a tedious sales effort as intense and invisible as a riptide. Sometimes the sale cycle lasts as long as six years.
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Indianapolis Zoo attendance clipped by weather, economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis Zoo attendance is down in 2009, but poor weather may be to blame as much as the weak economy.
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MILLER: Travelers still want experiences despite proliferating technologyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Denise Miller
Consumers are using technology to look for the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price.
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ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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