Tourism & Hospitality

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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Conference center plan for Hendricks County gets positive interestRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Quest to improve corridors continues in LebanonRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The corridors leading into downtown Lebanon are a step closer to becoming more attractive.
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20-story 'Aerophare' at White River park would change skylineRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If "Aerophare" gets off the ground, downtown visitors will literally be riding up and down in a balloon, within a 20-story, helical tower in White River State Park.
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Is 2012 Super Bowl wisest investment?Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Brian Williams
The economic impact of a Super Bowl on the host city is subject to vigorous debate.
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Convention center, please go greenRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Wouldn't it be great to offer the new addition to the Convention Center as an example of green-building practices?
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Conservationist awarded for his dogged pursuit to save endangered speciesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Through the efforts of The Indianapolis Zoo, the animal conservation world lasers in on Indianapolis every two years — presenting our community an opportunity to recognize and learn from a hero in science and conservation.
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MacAllister awarded for service to community

November 17, 2008
Sam Stall
P.E. MacAllister has helped turn Indianapolis into a culturally vibrant city.
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Speedway on track to develop tourism year-roundRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approaches, the town of Speedway, at long last, is making an aggressive play to turn the world-famous oval into an economic engine that runs year-round.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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ICVA embarking on new direction with new CEO WelshRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh is quickly making a name for himself as a change agent. Though few knew what to think when Welsh announced 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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Holiday promotional campaign helps Indianapolis venues boost their attendanceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The 12 Free Days of Indy Christmas promotion runs through Dec. 24 and gives patrons of several city destinations the opportunity to enjoy them without the cost.
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IU study looks into future of Orange County tourismRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
Professors at Indiana University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies are conducting an analysis of new tourism attractions in Indiana's Orange County.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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Pacers reforms, new Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA 2010 tournament boost Indy's sports reputationRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bill Benner
The Pacers opening victory, new game innovations at Conseco Fieldhouse and retaining Danny Granger are bright spots in the city's vast sports scene.
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City prepares to compete for mega-conventions, risks losing small eventsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Over the years, the city has made a name for itself by hosting a handful of large conventions and a bevy of small and midsize gatherings.  But as companies and other organizations tighten their belts, the number of conventions held nationwide is expected to shrink in the months ahead.

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Super Bowl group hires Sports Corp. official as CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The woman chosen as president and CEO of the city's Super Bowl host committee isn't exactly a household name, but those who hired her think she'll make Indianapolis the best host city ever. Allison Melangton, 46, is the first paid member of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and is expected to throw planning and organization into overdrive over the next 30 days.


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Greenwood company hits it out of the park: Big League Tours tripled its revenue this yearRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While most Major League Baseball fans are focused on this year's playoffs, local entrepreneur Glenn Dunlap is already thinking about next year. Dunlap formed Greenwood-based Big League Tours in 2006, offering group trips to big-league baseball games and other related attractions. One such trip took swings through games at Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York, and the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Other trips hit fabled ballparks in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and San Francisco....
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Tough economy touching all industries, but some are hurting more than othersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten

Stock markets are falling, jobs are disappearing, and the outlook for the economy seems grim. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers are taking the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana are hurting. From health care to technology, education to philanthropy, every industry is trying to take the setbacks in stride.


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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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