Tourism & Hospitality

Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Tourism officials kept mum on NRA convention for years

January 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Visit Indy officials finalized a deal in 2010 to bring the National Rifle Association's annual convention here in 2014. They say the NRA asked them not to publicize the event. The group disagrees.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Proposal calls for alcohol sales during Indiana State Fair

January 14, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
The Indiana State Fair is only one of two state fairs that prohibit the sale of alcohol. Senate Bill 168, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would change that.
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Tourism makes up state’s sixth largest industry, study says

December 18, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The industry maintains nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses, according to a new report.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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St. Elmo to host major shrimp-cocktail eating competition

November 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
St. Elmo Steak House will welcome the world's top competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut, to the contest, which will be part of the Georgia Street festivities prior to the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Indianapolis lands 2016 Olympic diving trials

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The trials will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. The facility is in need of millions of dollars in repairs, organizers say.
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Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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City designs new strategy to combat panhandlingRestricted Content

November 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A bipartisan group of city-county councilors is considering an ordinance that would increase panhandling restrictions, including barring panhandling and street performances within 50 feet of any area where any financial transaction is made.
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Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy

November 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New convention prospects are talking to the city's marketing agency after passage of the city's expanded smoking ordinance last year.
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Longtime Indiana Beach owner dies at 100

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
Thomas Spackman, the son of the park's founder, added numerous rides at the tourist attraction, which became known for its commercial jingle, "There's more than corn in Indiana."
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger ClevelandRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
A comparison of the convention and tourism businesses.
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Hamilton County tourism getting sweeping updateRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Officials tout sophistication, Internet focus in attempt to shed folksy image.
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MILLER: A mixed forecast for the travel businessRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Denise Miller
The volume of travel in the United States exceeded the prior peak (2007) earlier this year and is likely headed for continued growth, although Indiana, with the exception of central Indiana, is not faring as positively.
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Local hotelier files for bankruptcy on 7 properties

November 8, 2013
Mason King
Reeling from the recession, Bharat Patel hopes to protect the hotels from foreclosure. Their lender is owed as much as $120 million, according to court filings.
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Racing home: Fast-growing trade show returns to IndyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming Performance Racing Industry Show—in its first year back in Indianapolis since 2004—is beating expectations for exhibitors, attendees and, most important, visitor spending.
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Indianapolis Air Show grounded for good, organizers say

November 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amid federal budget cuts that have limited the participation of elite flying groups, the show's executive committee has decided to call it quits.
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Ritzier hotels may lure top events, but year-round demand unclear

October 26, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis lacks a five-star hotel, a fact some hospitality experts think could hurt the city’s chances of landing the 2018 Super Bowl. But there’s no consensus on whether the city should go more upscale.
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Downtown Westin Hotel to kick off $14 million renovation

October 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The four-star establishment plans to overhaul all 13 floors and 573 guest rooms, beginning in November, as its competitors trigger similar upgrades.
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Indiana opens first bark parks in state park

October 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday dedicated two dog play areas at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.
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Work starting on French Lick Resort expansion

October 22, 2013
Associated Press
A ceremony was held Monday to mark the start of a $15.5 million expansion of the events center at the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana.
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