Tourism & Hospitality

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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Pan Am Plaza hotel may sweeten bowl bid

September 7, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials hope to include plans for a new downtown luxury hotel in their bid for the 2018 Super Bowl, but they’re not sure all the pieces for a deal—potentially on Pan Am Plaza—can be put together before a bid presentation for 32 NFL owners in May.
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Herd of nominees up for $250K animal conservation prize

August 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Thirty-nine protectors of pronghorn antelope, sea turtles, jaguars, ibis, puffin and other endangered species have been named as nominees for the Indianapolis Prize.
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Good weather helps Indiana State Fair set crowd mark

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Fair officials announced Monday that the crowds for the 17-day fair totaled about 4,000 more than the previous record in 2009.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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IUPUI to show off elaborate game at Gen Con

August 13, 2013
Associated Press
The entire Indiana Convention Center will be the stage for the game, which uses video mapping and projectors that will create a large crystalline display showing the game results. The four-day Gen Con event begins Thursday.
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Crowd funding taps passionate fan base for fantasy figurinesRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Dan Human
A growing number of small game companies will join a pantheon of industry titans starting Aug. 15 at the Gen Con Indy gaming convention. The small guys are there largely because they can get the money they need to keep themselves alive via the fundraising technique known as “crowd funding” or “crowd sourcing.”
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Holiday World family takes dispute to Indiana appeals court

August 7, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl, Indiana Lawyer Staff
An agreement meant to keep a popular amusement park in the family has sparked a bitter dispute that has reached the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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