Tourism & Hospitality

Corn dogs, elephant ears and spas ... at the fair

August 7, 2009
Kim Puckett
The Indiana State Fair brings to mind images of deep fried foods and carnival rides, but fair-goers sometimes buy big ticket items—like hot tub spas.
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State Fair planners expecting record crowds

August 7, 2009
Indiana State Fair organizers are anticipating this month's longer fair will attract a record crowd, but they are setting modest expectations.
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A new centerpiece for city's convention strategy: medical, science groupsRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association is putting together an all-star corporate consortium to make the city a hub for medical and life sciences conventions, meetings and trade shows. The ICVA began running the initiative full-speed this year and already has signed deals to bring 40 medical meetings to Indianapolis through 2015, including annual meetings for the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2012 and the American College of Sports Medicine and American Chemical Society in 2013.
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Lawmakers cut state tourism office's budget in halfRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
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Small town, budget hotels hold own in difficult economyRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
While the local hotel industry is being rocked by the current economy, budget hotels and those in the small towns surrounding Indianapolis are actually seeing gains. Properties affected by the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Big Ten Tournament are among the losers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Thrill parks offer rides of our lives

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three of my fellow IBJ scribes join me in picking our favorite area amusement park rides
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Earle Travel Co. perseveres despite flu scare, recessionRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Riya V. Anandwala
Earle Travel Co. has been weathering challenges as the recession has deepened and H1N1 influenza spiked earlier this year. Those problems have nearly capsized many travel agencies, but co-owner Kelly Shea said Earle’s business slumped only 8 percent last year.
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Indianapolis hotels feel pain of national slumpRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates are way down in Indianapolis, as they are elsewhere, but local operators and national analysts think the city is in a good position to bounce back when the economy improves.
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Ambrosia to open downtown restaurant in former BadaBoomz siteRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The owner of the popular Broad Ripple Italian restaurant Ambrosia plans to open a location downtown on the first floor of the Hampton Inn along Maryland Street.
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Westfield moves ahead with sports facility plan

July 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A study commission has concluded that a major development involving a new youth-sports complex would be viable for Westfield, the city announced this morning.
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Conrad Indianapolis adding wine bar, sidewalk diningRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Cory Schouten
Plans are in the works for a wine bar called Tastings that would take the first-floor corner space at the Conrad Indianapolis. The $1 million project would add an entrance to the luxury hotel at the northeast corner of Washington and Illinois streets and include a total of 80 outdoor seats along both streets, in the shadow of the Artsgarden.
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BASILE: Following in the footsteps of Darwin in the Galapagos

June 29, 2009
Frank Basile
There's nothing like following the wildly influential thinker Charles Darwin's own footsteps, which I had the pleasure of doing by visiting the beautiful, mysterious, isolated and enchanted Galapagos Islands.
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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rulesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Coaches Tavern, MacNiven's Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places, including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it's still OK to puff away in places that don't admit minors.
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National cycling event pulled from VelodromeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An 11th-hour deal to keep this year's USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships at the Major Taylor Velodrome has fallen flat, and the event has been moved to Colorado Springs.
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Marketing veteran to lead Circle City ClassicRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Circle City Classic has hired Marc Williams, an East Coast marketing consultant, as its executive director, a post vacated in March when Tony Mason left to become senior vice president for the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
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White River park passes on balloonRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conner Prairie has $2.2 million riding on a ballooning exhibit that opened June 6. One thing that won't stand in the way of its success is a competing ride--at least not at White River State Park.
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Experts doubt Indianapolis can lure huge conventionsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis already hosts three of the top 200 conventions in the country. But additional meeting space coming online late next year could help the city double the number.
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Outlying counties, tired of waiting for Indianapolis convention spillover, set own strategiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some industry insiders worry that, while Indianapolis is busy chasing bigger conventions, adjoining counties may raid the cupboard made plentiful by investments within Marion County, particularly downtown.
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Indianapolis outpaces Cincinnati in many convention measuresRestricted Content

June 1, 2009

In this Quick Hits look at a competing convention city, Cincinnati boasts more convention space, but Indianapolis draws more guests.

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State tourism advertising poses tough questionRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mike Hicks
If Indiana is to be marketed as a region, government will be the one to do it.
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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Lilly team up on I-70 landscaping projectRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some of Indianapolis' main entrances from Interstate 70 are in line for a $2 million makeover.
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Iran: A peaceful sojourn into the 'Axis of Evil'Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Frank Basile
Iran is a magnificent and historically important country. It contains nine World Historical Sites as designated by UNESCO. Only 20 countriesâ??including Greece, China and Italyâ??have more.
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New motorsports trade show takes aim at departed PRIRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Still stinging from the city's loss of the giant Performance Racing Industry trade show in 2004, a group of local motorsports business advocates is racing to put on a competing event.
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Indy Gen-X group to tout city to out-of-town recruitsRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyHub, the city's young professionals network, will launch a new Web site, circlingthecity.com, to pique the interest of out-of-towners who are being recruited by local companies.
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Local Conrad hotel honoredRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Conrad Indianapolis has been recognized as the No. 1 U.S. hotel by Expedia Insiders' Select List 2009.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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