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Gaming convention sets another attendance record

August 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con 14, which wrapped up Sunday, drew 56,614 unique visitors to the Indiana Convention Center, surpassing 2013’s previous record of 49,530.
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Indiana tourism group sharpens mission

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New director changes organization’s name, launches initiatives catering to businesses.
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Indiana tourism trade group adopts new name

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus will now be called the Indiana Tourism Association.
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Indy an underdog in final push to capture 2018 Super Bowl

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New Orleans has emerged as the front runner to host the Super Bowl in 2018 due to its tricentennial celebration and the fact that this could be 87-year-old Saints owner Tom Benson's last crack at hosting the big game.
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Fairgrounds officials pushing for coliseum sponsorship

April 24, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Fairgrounds Coliseum, which reopens Thursday after a $63 million renovation, is likely to receive a new name soon, an Indiana State Fair Commission spokesman said.
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Firefighter convention expecting record attendance

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
A record-breaking 32,000 firefighters are expected at the annual event, which started Monday and runs through Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center.
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New state slogan clashes with city goal of cosmopolitan imageRestricted Content

February 28, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The state tourism department’s new tag line, “Honest to Goodness Indiana,” is so folksy that some wonder whether there’s a disconnect between what it says about the state and how the city of Indianapolis is trying to distinguish itself.
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Hamilton County tourism agency changes name

February 28, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Starting Monday, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau will change its name to Hamilton County Tourism Inc. to better reflect its mission.
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Danville to channel TV's Mayberry during 2-day festival

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hendricks County will serve up a heaping helping of nostalgia this spring with a festival devoted to "The Andy Griffith Show."
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No foolin': New state tourism pitch is 'Honest to Goodness'

February 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The new tourism slogan, which replaces "Restart your engines," is the hook for a widescale state rebranding campaign.
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Visit Indy to map city's strategy for tourism

February 10, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The $178,000 study will answer key questions about how the city can better connect its highlights, attract and please business and leisure travelers, and hook up with corporate partners.
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National Rifle Association convention debuts in Indy

February 8, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Businesses are scrambling to decide how to cater to the massive confab.
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Tourism makes up state’s sixth largest industry, study says

December 18, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The industry maintains nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses, according to a new report.
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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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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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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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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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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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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’s tourism agency reports strong 2012

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' hosting of the Super Bowl last February seems to be paying off for Visit Indy, which says the exposure the city received from the game is translating into more visitor interest.
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Car-rental companies say higher tax will hurt locals, too

January 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is poised to raise its tax on car rentals, drawing the ire of the auto-rental industry. Though local politicians routinely say such taxes hurt only visitors, more than half of car rentals are actually local, industry figures show.
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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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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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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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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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