Tourism & Hospitality

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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Billie Creek future uncertain after auction

October 21, 2012
Associated Press
The auction of western Indiana historic site Billie Creek Village generated a combined $550,000 in bids, but it's not clear yet whether any bid will be accepted.
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Paoli Peaks wins big in battle with landlord over logging

October 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
The owners of the Paoli Peaks ski resort have prevailed in a battle with their landlord, who had sought to squeeze additional revenue out of the 68-acre property by launching a logging operation.
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Creditor could take ownership of downtown Comfort Suites

October 5, 2012
Scott Olson
The owner of the hotel, an affiliate of Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. in Fishers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. German American Capital Corp., which is owed $12 million, could own the property by the end of the year.
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Competition puts dent in Indiana casino revenue

October 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana casino revenue fell 3.5 percent through the first eight months of the year even though overall revenue at U.S. casinos grew 6 percent during the period. New casinos in Illinois and Ohio are likely to blame.
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Percussive Arts Society names new executive director

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Percussive Arts Society has appointed Larry Jacobson as executive director of the society and its Rhythm! Discovery Center.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Indians attendance increases for fourth straight year

September 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A strong regular season and a playoff run pushed attendance at Indianapolis Indians home games to its best mark in four years and fourth best at Victory Field since 2000.
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Billie Creek up for auction after sealed bids fail

September 23, 2012
Associated Press
The Parke County historic site's land, buildings and antiques will be auctioned publicly on Oct. 20 during the county's Covered Bridge Festival.
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Filling the FFA gap in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Local tourism officials have known for nearly four years that the National FFA Organization annual convention will leave Indianapolis temporarily after an anticipated 55,000 members clad in their trademark blue corduroy jackets descend on the city for their confab Oct. 24-27.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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