Tourism & Hospitality

500 Festival chief heading to AAA Hoosier Motor Club

January 2, 2013
Kirk Hendrix, who has served as president and CEO of the 500 Festival since 2003, is stepping down to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the club announced Wednesday.
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Churchill Downs targets Indy market with Derby trips

December 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In May, Churchill Downs will roll out its Derby Experiences travel package in the Indianapolis and Chicago markets—using luxury buses to shuttle horse racing fans to and from May's Kentucky Derby for the first time.
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Indiana State Fair disaster victims getting more relief

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
The attorney general's office is sending out checks for a total of $6 million to 59 victims of 2011's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Workers settle employment lawsuit against local hotels

December 12, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sixteen current and former Indianapolis hotel workers have settled their union-backed lawsuit that alleged employment violations by nine area hotels and Atlanta-based Hospitality Staffing Solutions, a subcontractor that employs many hotel workers.
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Potential of higher car rental taxes drawing fire

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
People who come to Indianapolis for business, ball games or other reasons could pay more for their visits if local officials decide to raise taxes on car rentals and professional sports tickets early next year.
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CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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Face-lift nearly complete at Eagle Creek golf courses

December 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eagle Creek Golf Club received a long-awaited face-lift this year under a contract that will rescue the city from most of its expenses stemming from the previous operator’s loan default.
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Tourism generated $4B for city last year, study says

December 6, 2012
A study released Thursday says the tourism industry in Indianapolis had an economic impact of nearly $4 billion in 2011, a 10-percent increase from the previous year.
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Two longtime execs gone from Indianapolis Downtown Inc.

December 4, 2012
Terry Sweeney, vice president of real estate development, and Julia Watson, vice president of marketing and communications, are no longer with the organization charged with promoting, managing and developing downtown Indianapolis.
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Big Ten football title game crowd disappoints organizers

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Organizers of the Big Ten football championship played in Indianapolis say they’ll consider making changes for next year’s game in an attempt to boost attendance.
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More companies planning holiday parties, survey says

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A new survey shows 83 percent of companies polled plan to host holiday parties this year, up from 68 percent a year ago.
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Demand soft for Big Ten football title game tickets

November 29, 2012
Scott Olson
Organizers of the Big Ten Conference football championship game are facing third-and-long in their quest to fill Lucas Oil Stadium for Saturday night's matchup. A glut of tickets remains available on the secondary market.
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Bloomington approves $27 million downtown hotel project

November 27, 2012
Associated Press
The Bloomington City Council has approved giving up some city property for construction of a $27 million Hyatt Hotel near the downtown courthouse square.
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Nation’s largest motorsports trade show returning to city

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Performance Racing Industry Show will return to Indianapolis for five years starting in 2013, bringing about 40,000 guests and millions of dollars of visitor spending with it.
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Downtown Crowne Plaza undergoing $8M renovation

November 14, 2012
Guest rooms will receive new furniture and bathrooms new floor tile and granite countertops. Improvements also will be made to public and meeting spaces, in addition to food and beverage areas.
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Potential visitors eye Indianapolis attractionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Focus groups in Chicago, Louisville and St. Louis reacted strongly to photos of local tourism offerings like the Central Canal and the Artsgarden.
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Gilchrist & Soames enjoying sweet smell of successRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Scott Olson
Plainfield-based company provides its soaps and shampoos to world's most prestigious hotels.
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MELANGTON: When it comes to sports, strike while the iron is hotRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Allison Melangton / Special to IBJ
In many ways, our schedule of events defines Indiana Sports Corp. That—along with our youth initiatives that will touch 185,000 young people throughout Indiana this year—is what separates us from our competitors in 500 other markets throughout our country.
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Big Easy bests Indy in all but promo costs and visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
A comparison of Indianapolis and New Orleans as tourism and convention cities.
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Butler University raises $12 million in campaign to refurbish historic Hinkle Fieldhouse

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Built in 1928, the aging facility is about to undergo its most extensive renovation since the building began hosting basketball games shortly before the Great Depression.
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Music education group to remain in city through 2023

November 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Music for All, which puts on the annual Bands of America competition, announced Thursday that it plans to keep its headquarters and events in Indianapolis through 2023.
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Judge approves Shelbyville racino sale to Centaur

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A bankruptcy court judge has approved Centaur Holdings LLC's purchase of the Indiana Grand racetrack and casino in Shelbyville for $500 million. The deal still requires regulatory approvals.
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St. Elmo to be featured on cable television show

October 31, 2012
"Drinking Made Easy" traveled to Indianapolis to sample several of the city's hotspots and their cocktails. The episode airs Wednesday night on cable network AXS TV.
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Once-vaunted Crystal Catering gets new owners

October 25, 2012
Scott Olson
Jack Bayt is transferring ownership to head chef Matt Schwartz and T.K. Nelson, a director and general manager. Crystal had largely been dismantled by its previous owner.
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Holiday World plans $6.5 million expansion, new ride

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Officials at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in southern Indiana announced plans Tuesday for a major new water-slide attraction as part of $6.5 million in projects planned ahead of the park's 2013 season.
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