Tourism & Hospitality

Central Canal might get floating stageRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
A floating stage for concerts and a submarine memorial are in the works for Indianapolis' Central Canal, adding to the downtown waterway's growing base of attractions. Efforts to develop a one-acre site at the heart of the canal, meanwhile, remain stalled.
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Zoobilation sells out fast despite $200-plus admissionRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Far from the typical rubber-chicken fund-raiser attended mostly by board members and their friends--Zoobilation, the 22-year-old, annual black-tie fund-raiser for the Indianapolis Zoo--attracts 4,300 ticket holders eager to spend an evening wining and dining at the zoo.
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Commentary: Do we need a disaster to wake us up?Restricted Content

April 28, 2008
Tawn Parent
About 20,000 historic properties were damaged in the storm, and Gay, executive director of Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, has led the charge to save them. "We never felt like throwing up our hands," Gay said. "We don't do that." The Preservation Resource Center contacted owners of the nearly 4,000 historic properties that were condemned after the hurricane. About 600 of them have been spared to date. The PRC also has been helping review the planned demolition of buildings...
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Film exec returns home to sell state: New tax credits helpful, but not enough to make Indiana stand out as movie venueRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
When Erin Newell was growing up in Greenwood, she and a friend would swipe her dad's video camera and make movies in the basement. As a student at Ball State University, she studied filmmaking. And when she graduated, she was out like a shot to Los Angeles. Now, nearly nine years later-after scoring production and assisting credits on movies that even everyday folks have heard of-she's back in Indiana, helping to beef up the state's film-production industry so others might...
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THE TRAVELING LIFE: Not for the night life: On tour in Saudi Arabia

March 31, 2008
Frank Basile
Shortly after arriving in Jeddah, it became clear that you don't go to Saudi Arabia for its night life. With very little interaction of the sexes, a virtual ban on flirtation, a total prohibition on alcohol, smoking, dancing and movies, there was not much for our little tour group to do after dinner each evening. As for the days, well, they were different than anything you could experience here in the U.S. ... particularly for the women in our group....
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Brown County tourism industry feuds over how to ward off a slumpRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Jonathan Hiskes
Among those who stake their livelihood on tourism there is a sense that Brown County is at a crossroads. That dilemma is evident in decisions about whether to refurbish aging hotel rooms, update restaurant decor or close shop for the off-season.
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Pedestrian bridge to state park still in the works: White River venues think hotel complex will be a boostRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Developers of the $425 million hotel complex downtown still are working out plans for a pedestrian bridge spanning Washington Street that will connect it to White River State Park. Merrillville-based White Lodging Co. and Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services proposed a connector-either a bridge or an underground tunnel-in early designs of the convention hotel complex at the southwest corner of West and Washington streets. Although later site plans did not include the link, REI President Mike Wells said the developers...
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Conrad manager says four-diamond award perfect fit for marketRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Almost two years after opening, the Conrad Indianapolis hasn't received a Mobil Travel Guide review, and its four-diamond AAA ranking puts it on par with five other Indianapolis hotels--most of which target conventioneers and business travelers.
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Convention Center President Bob Bedell to retireRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Bob Bedell worked behind the scenes for months--if not years--to make the case for expanding the Indiana Convention Center and building a 1,000-room hotel nearby. But someone else will have to fill both venues with visitors. The 60-year-old Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association president has said he'll retire at the end of June.
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Event planners revive venues: Oasis finds new use for eatery, spruces up MuratRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When John Stowers was looking to move on from his job managing several nightclubs for an Indianapolisbased partnership in 2002, he and his wife, Patti, wanted to buy a bar he could run. In the process of venue shopping, they stumbled across a space for lease-The Terrace at Market Tower, a restaurant on the second floor of the office building at 10 W. Market St. Like other so-called amenity restaurants, The Terrace was more a perk for building tenants than...
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THE TRAVELING LIFE: Genghis Khan slept-and was admired-here

December 31, 2007
Frank Basile
Before we landed at the Genghis Khan Airport, checked into the Genghis Khan Hotel, and drank Genghis Khan beer, everything we had heard about the most famous Mongol of all time was negative. But that changed when we visited Mongolia in September. You might wonder what nice things could be said about a guy who conquered more territory in 25 years than the Romans did in 400? Well, the people we encountered perceived him as a combination of George Washington,...
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Union push under way at 2 Indianapolis hotels: They would be first to unionize in central IndianaRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Employees at two Indianapolis hotels have begun a push to unionize-a move that, if successful, would make the properties the only union hotels in central Indiana. Several workers at the downtown Westin and the Keystone Sheraton have met with representatives of New York-based Unite Here, a labor group that represents about 440,000 hospitality and textile employees nationwide. Both hotels are part of Bethesda, Md.-based Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.'s global portfolio. Backers said a union is needed to raise wages...
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VIEWPOINT: Why did we allow gambling to seduce us?Restricted Content

December 24, 2007
Tom Henderson
The money is seductive: an "easy" $1.6 billion. That's what gambling brought to Indiana in taxes this year. The prize might not be as big in 2008. There's new competition. And a big drop in gambling revenue would spoil the negotiations that all the nervous Indiana politicians have been doing. Their jobs are on the line, and they know it. Hoosiers are embarrassed. They don't like that. I have a beautiful picture of two of my children standing inside the...
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Commentary: A foreign investment that is sure to pay offRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Brian Williams
As the year draws to a close, the business community remains focused on taxes and the health of the economy. The governor's privatization of the Indiana Toll Road generated a windfall of $3 billion. If managed properly, that money should fund Indiana's road and bridge repair work. However, perhaps we should consider investing some of the interest to radically change our stature in the global economy. Canada possesses coastlines along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans; has abundant natural resources,...
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'Voluntourism' pioneer wants to go corporate: Once province of colleges, Ambassadors branches into businessRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Companies wanting to build camaraderie and teamwork often send their employees on the all-too-predictable retreat. A couple of hours down the road, in a restful setting, they'll do role-playing games and problem-solving exercises. These corporate chums will cap it off with a bar tab equivalent to the national debt of Belize. Sally Brown thinks she has a better alternative to the typical company retreat. Why not send those employees to Belize? Or how about El Salvador, or even India, for...
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A&E: A&E goes on a road trip: 'Wicked' in the Windy City

December 3, 2007
Lou Harry
Musical-theater buffs in Indianapolis know that an occasional trip to Chicago is a must. Savvy ticket buyers willing to schlep up Interstate 65 have gotten advance looks at such longrunning Broadway hits as "Mamma Mia!," "Aida," "Monty Python's Spamalot" and "The Producers" before they opened in New York (and years before their tours arrived here). Right now, though, the big musical draws in Chicago-"Wicked" and "Jersey Boys"-aren't pre- but, rather, post-Broadway. And more than just stopping in the Windy City...
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Local hospitality market continues expanding: Last year's numbers are in; this year looking strongRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
More visitors are coming to Indianapolis and spending more money, leading to more jobs in the local hospitality industry, a soon-to-be-released report from the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association shows. And that's likely to continue, given the numbers predicted for 2007, even though the city's overall employment growth doesn't look strong. "These numbers show a continued growth in tourism in Indianapolis," said ICVA spokesman Bob Schultz. Tourism in Indianapolis had an economic impact of $3.6 billion last year-$31 million more...
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White River State Park to choose new marketing firm: Attraction's growing profile lures a slew of biddersRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Leaders at White River State Park are winnowing down a field of 18 candidates who want to lead the downtown attraction's public relations and marketing efforts the next two to three years. Park Executive Director Bob Whitt said a winner has not yet been chosen and declined to comment on the selection process, but industry sources identified three finalists: locally based firms Borshoff and Hirons & Co., and Bandy Carroll Hellige of Louisville. When park officials put out the call...
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Ballard to review city's art spending: Arts leaders concerned gains made during Peterson's tenure will be lostRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Mayor-elect Greg Ballard said he's got nothing against spending city money on the arts, but his administration nevertheless will evaluate whether devoting $2.5 million to it each year is the best use of that money. "It's OK to fund [the arts] as long as people are relatively safe in the city," Ballard said. Though acknowledging Indianapolis' "vibrant arts community," Ballard said it's mostly privately funded. "I'm not saying I'm going to cut all of the arts [funding]," he said. "We'll...
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New tourism ads paying off for city: Ten-second promotions attracting more visitorsRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When Indianapolis promoters were deciding what to do to lure leisure travelers to the city over summer break, they decided being short and to the point was the way to go. So, the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association partnered with eight area attractions to produce extremely brief television and radio travel commercials. The resulting ad campaign was wellfunded-with a budget $240,000 more than the previous year-and produced stellar results, including more awareness of Indianapolis attractions, more nights spent in Indianapolis,...
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Indiana themed food trails will court culinary touristsRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Mississippi Delta has its hot tamale trail. Alabama and Texas boast a Southern BBQ byway. Now Indiana is getting in the game with planned candy and pork tenderloin trails. State boosters are looking to tap into a growing travel industry niche: culinary tourism.
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After putting $25M into Conrad, city finally will conduct auditRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Cory Schouten
The city plans to hire an outside auditor in the next few months to review the books of the Conrad Indianapolis Hotel and determine how its investment is performing. It's a routine process, Mayor Bart Peterson said. But it's one hotel-industry experts say is overdue.
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States stake their tourism claims to LincolnRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
With the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth approaching, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky all are fighting for a share of the bicentennial limelight. Each has a valid claim to the 16th president: Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Ky., on April 12, 1809, moved to a southern Indiana farm with his family at age 7, then moved to Illinois at 21.
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Opportunistic VMS builds event-planning powerhouse

August 6, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Local hospitality firm's early work with Lilly helped it carve out a major niche in the pharmaceutical market.
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New management brings youth, profit: Industry experience makes hotel more professionalRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
After unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day 2005, Colleen Fanning got something else from her dad: an offer to run the small inn he bought in 2002. Bill Fanning spent more than two years tearing down, rebuilding and expanding the Brick Street Inn, a fixture on Main Street in Zionsville. But it struggled financially after reopening in the fall of 2004, and his patience was at an end. "He told me: 'Either I'm going to sell the inn or you can...
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