Tourism & Hospitality

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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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 4-mile stretch of the Wapahani Trail will connect White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street near Eli Lilly and Co.'s 255-acre private park.
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Indianapolis named finalist for 2018 Super Bowl

October 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indy joins Minneapolis and New Orleans as the three NFL cities invited to bid on the big game. The 2012 Super Bowl had a $176 million direct economic impact on the city, a study said.
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New ice rink opens at Indiana State Fairgrounds

October 7, 2013
Associated Press
The $10 million Youth Arena officially opens Monday after several hundred people attended a free public skating event Saturday.
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Court sides with widow in lawsuit over Holiday World shares

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state appeals court says the widow of a southern Indiana theme park president isn't required to sell shares in the facility to her late husband's brother.
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Crafting Indianapolis' convention biz took guts

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Ex-Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association chief Bill McGowan weighs the pay-off.
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Dream teams for tourism industry

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Youth sports events reap millions for Indianapolis and its neighbors.
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Long way to go to fill expanded Indiana Convention CenterRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Eighteen months after the expansion opened, indicators of success are mixed.
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'Dynamic duo' boosts Hamilton County tourismRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In eight years with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director Brenda Myers has morphed her organization into a developer, grant giver and landlord. The strategy appears to be working.
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NYC retrospective reassesses Robert Indiana's work

September 26, 2013
Associated Press
Artist Robert Indiana says his world-famous LOVE image overshadowed all his other work. But now the artist's first major retrospective could change that.
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Local boat, RV show changes format to widen audience

September 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show will include an auction open to the public. Event organizers think it will draw bidders from far and wide.
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Canterbury to change name, close for 9-month renovation

September 24, 2013
Mason King
The historic downtown hotel's new owner says the $9.5 million revamp and affiliation with an international brand are needed to compete with new high-end hotels in the Indy area.
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Heartland Film Festival leader Sparks stepping down

September 17, 2013
Lou Harry
Jeffrey L. Sparks, who has led the Heartland Film Festival since he founded the internationally known movie event more than two decades ago, is bowing out of his leadership role, he confirmed Tuesday morning.
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Conner Prairie rolling out adults-only programming

September 14, 2013
Lou Harry
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
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Milder summer weather boosts state park revenue

September 13, 2013
Dan Human
Revenue jumped to $12.3 million during the park system's summer season as cooler temperatures enticed visitors. A price increase this year for annual passes helped line the parks' purse.
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UPDATE: Stagehands union, state settle Indiana fair fines

September 10, 2013
Associated Press
A stagehands union fined $11,500 by a state agency following the deadly Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse has reached a settlement with the state absolving it of those penalties.
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