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Benner leaving convention group for Horizon League

June 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Well-known local sports columnist Bill Benner is leaving his job at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to become senior associate commissioner for external affairs for the Horizon League.
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Cheer competition inks three-year extension with city

May 13, 2010
Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held in Indianapolis through 2015. The competition is one of the city's largest annual gatherings, attracting about 20,000 cheerleaders and spectators.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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State tourism cuts alter marketing methods

May 7, 2010
Scott Olson
In light of a shrinking budget, the state has dropped traditional advertising campaigns to promote tourism and is embracing social media outlets to promote Indiana's attractions.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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MZD lands tourism account for Hendricks County

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Seventeen agencies submitted proposals for the account.
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Indianapolis to host conference for occupational therapists

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Attracting the meeting is a coup for Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association officials who are trying to pull in more health-related events.
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Convention center tours part of larger tourism strategy

March 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of Gen Con, one of the city's largest conventions, visited Indianapolis last week to get their first glance of the construction of the Indiana Convention Center expansion. Local tourism officials are using such tours to market the larger space.
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Quick hits: Comparing tourism in Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio

February 13, 2010
A side-by-side look at infrastructure and visitor numbers.
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First hotel in downtown Marriott complex to open doors

February 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Fairfield Inn & Suites on West Washington Street downtown will open Wednesday. The hotel is the first of four comprising the 1,600-room Marriott Place project to welcome guests.
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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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Uncertainty over 2012 Super Bowl puts hotels in a bind

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At issue is a dispute pitting NFL players against owners, and owners against one another over how league revenue should be divided. If it isn't resolved, the 2011 season could be shortened, delayed or canceled.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Racing industry trade shows won't conflict in 2010

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Performance Racing Industry Show has set its 2010 dates for Dec. 9-11. That means the International Motorsports Industry Show held in Indianapolis will have Dec. 1-3 to itself.
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Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Motorsports industry show to stay here through 2015

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural show opened Dec. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region.
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Members of City-County Council form task force to study CIB financial problems

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
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Hendricks County offers land for hotel development

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau said Monday that it is asking for proposals to develop a full-service convention hotel on up to 18 acres in Plainfield at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 267.
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Fort Wayne lures long-time conventions from Indy

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne's expanded convention center and a planned downtown hotel are proving attractive to conventions, including at least four events long held in Indianapolis.
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ICVA unlikely to seek loan to pay for enhanced marketing

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The idea of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association taking out a loan was not warmly received by city officials. And financial institutions were less than thrilled with the idea given the ICVA’s diminishing revenue and increasing costs.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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ICVA: Stadium's retractable roof worth the cost

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Three music events with direct visitor spending estimated at $28 million that were hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium offer proof, city officials said, that the expense of the retractable roof and other features of the $720 million facility are paying off.
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ICVA might take out loan to market city for conventionsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is so desperate for more marketing funding, the organization charged with promoting the city as a convention and tourism destination is considering taking out a loan. While that would be the last resort, ICVA CEO Don Welsh said it is one he will have to consider if the money can’t be raised through local taxes.
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