Tourism & Hospitality

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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CIB may accept $27 million state loan after all

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board likely will accept a state loan providing $27 million over three years to help shore up its fragile financial situation.
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Members of City-County Council form task force to study CIB financial problems

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
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New downtown museum invites visitors to bang a drum

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Percussive Arts Society plans to open an interactive museum at Washington and Illinois streets downtown.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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