Tourism & Hospitality

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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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Progress on the PrairieRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
It's good to see Conner Prairie thriving after the rocky years it endured earlier in the decade.
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Minority, women contracts rise for Convention Center projectRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The hiring of minority- and women-owned businesses to work on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion is far ahead of state requirements and has surpassed rates that were registered for the $715 million Lucas Oil Stadium project.
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Rail bonding: Train trips aren't just a thing of the pastRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Frank Basile
Train travel is not only a thing of the past—it's also a thing of the present.
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Excitement, perspective in TanzaniaRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Janie and I recently returned from a photographic safari in Tanzania with our children and their spouses.
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White River trail will weave in storiesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
NINebark, a landscaping architectural firm, is making six large storyboards so that users of the planned White River Greenway will learn about the area's industrial history.
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Raising already-lofty lodging levy could cause convention planners to bypass IndianapolisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Raising Indianapolis' tax on hotel rooms — already one of the highest rates in the nation — could be the tipping point that causes conventioneers to bypass Indianapolis, some industry experts say.
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All of us Belongers, building castles in the sandRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
On vacation in the British West Indies, we see the decline from just a year ago at this same beautiful spotâ??fewer families at play, fewer retirees strolling arm and arm, fewer young couples slathering one another with sunscreen.
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New terminal plays big role in city marketing campaignRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Local tourism supporters are prominently featuring the Indianapolis International Airport's makeover in a branding campaign rolled out earlier this month.
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Conventions going high-tech with RFIDRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle

Radio frequency identification—better known as RFID—is making its way to trade shows and conventions, providing a plethora of information about attendees.

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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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CIB's influence has grown with city's sports sceneRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
State lawmakers formed the Capital Improvement Board in 1965 to oversee construction of the city's convention center.
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Indianapolis 'raising the game' for tourism

January 22, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lackluster economy be darned, Indianapolis' tourism trade gained ground in 2008. And the city's new head cheerleader has even higher hopes for this year and beyond.
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Convention group signs Young & Laramore as agency-of-recordRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association signed a deal this month to make locally based Young & Laramore its advertising agency of record.
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Emmis to produce tourism publications for ICVARestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Indianapolis based Emmis Communications Corp. signed a three-year deal to produce and publish the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association's semi-annual visitors guide, convention planners guide and other tourism-related publications and materials.
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Stadium, airport terminal openRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium opened in August, just in time for the Indianapolis Colts' season. Indianapolis International Airport's $1.1 billion midfield terminal, meanwhile, took off in November.
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Tourism chief hired from SeattleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Though few knew what to think when Don Welsh announced in June he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Taking a sightseeing vacation ... right here in IndyRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Frank Basile
For eight years, we'd gone out of town for the holidays. But in this particular year not too long ago it looked like we had no choice but to stay put. So we decided to do the same thing here that we would have done in Utah—sightsee.
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Struggling City Market loses subsidyRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has notified the City Market that the financially strapped city is phasing out its subsidies to the historic downtown fixture, which account for one-quarter of the market's nearly $1 million budget.
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Tourists rank Indianapolis as the second-most-popular Midwestern destinationRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fueled by a $740,000 regional advertising campaign, local tourism spending went sky high even as the economy was in a free fall.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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