Tourism & Hospitality

Speedway's Speed Zone redevelopment project in high gearRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Some goals have been realized, while others are moving through the pipeline.
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DAY: The hidden value of hospitality and tourismRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Jonathon Day
Tourism and hospitality are often described as the invisible industry—the industry “hidden in plain sight.”
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Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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Holiday World plans to display fun, not family problems

April 12, 2013
Associated Press
A family legal battle and untimely deaths have drawn attention to Holiday World's owners in recent years. But it's business as usual for those who run the Indiana theme park.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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Skating academy to close ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana World Skating Academy, a fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, plans to suspend operations of its two indoor ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza this month and begin looking for a new location, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday.
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Traveling Indiana? Here's a look at what's new and improved

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Need some incentives to travel in-state for your next getaway? Looking for something new? Here’s a rundown of some of what’s been added — or improved — on Indiana’s destinations menu.
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REVIEW: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios revisited

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
With both the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and 2012’s New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World, families with theme-park inklings have even more reasons to visit — or revisit — Orlando.
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Olympic snub is sharp blow for Lucas Oil StadiumRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
USA Swimming’s decision to torpedo a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium casts doubts on the venue’s chances for future big-time, non-traditional events.
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Lawmakers still considering live table games at racinos

March 28, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The Indiana House Ways and Means Committee postponed amendments and a vote on a gambling measures Wednesday after supporters of the state’s horse-track casinos renewed their fight to get live dealers at their table games.
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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Indianapolis loses bid to host 2016 Olympic swim trials in stadium

March 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has been eliminated as a candidate to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials at Lucas Oil Stadium. USA Swimming told local leaders that the venue would be "challenging for creating an intimate swimming setting."
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Ticket brokers, city to take lumps as IU sent east

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Ticket brokers took a gut punch Sunday when NCAA officials announced that Indiana University would not be playing in the Midwest Regional of the men's basketball tournament. Local tourism officials say the economic impact could drop $1.5 million.
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Cops to valets: Park cars, not trafficRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis police are keeping an eye on downtown valets, whose habit of blocking traffic lanes has prompted complaints. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a stern reminder to all valet operators on Jan. 31, the week after the opening of The Alexander Hotel in CityWay at Delaware and South streets.
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Art museum cutting more than 20 employees

March 4, 2013
Dan Human
The museum said 19 full-time employees and two part-time employees will complete their employment Monday. Eight additional vacant positions will not be filled.
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Indianapolis Air Show called off; organizers cite sequestration

February 26, 2013
The air show was set for June 15-16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mount Comfort east of Indianapolis. It has taken place annually since 1996.
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Centaur completes purchase of Indiana Grand

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
The owner of the Hoosier Park racino in Anderson says it has officially purchased the bankrupt Indiana Grand and Downs in Shelbyville for $500 million.
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State hotels see rise in annual occupancy rate

February 21, 2013
Indiana’s hotels hosted more visitors last year, according to a survey by Hendersonville-based Smith Travel Research.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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Is Indianapolis becoming too expensive for conventions?Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A recent tax increase coupled with cut-rate competition from other cities has Indianapolis-area convention and meeting officials fretting about losing a longtime cost advantage.
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QUICK HITS: More people visit Philly than Indy despite similar tourism budgetsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Philadelphia offers strong historical draws and a plethora of downtown restaurants.
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Hotel, restaurant merger part of larger shakeupRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Scott Olson
With the consolidation of the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association and the Indiana Restaurant Association are complete, longtime association leader John Livengood will stepping down
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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