Tourism/Hospitality

Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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State tourism advertising poses tough questionRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Mike Hicks
If Indiana is to be marketed as a region, government will be the one to do it.
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Visible progress in the city hides other troublesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Indianapolis still looks like a city with momentum, despite the dismal economy. But appearances can be deceiving.
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New motorsports trade show takes aim at departed PRIRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Still stinging from the city's loss of the giant Performance Racing Industry trade show in 2004, a group of local motorsports business advocates is racing to put on a competing event.
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Local Conrad hotel honoredRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Conrad Indianapolis has been recognized as the No. 1 U.S. hotel by Expedia Insiders' Select List 2009.
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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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Conner Prairie Balloon ride will carry up to 20 people 350 feet highRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie will begin its outdoor season April 2 not as a pioneer-era museum but as an "interactive history park."
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White River trail will weave in storiesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
NINebark, a landscaping architectural firm, is making six large storyboards so that users of the planned White River Greenway will learn about the area's industrial history.
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Raising already-lofty lodging levy could cause convention planners to bypass IndianapolisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Raising Indianapolis' tax on hotel rooms — already one of the highest rates in the nation — could be the tipping point that causes conventioneers to bypass Indianapolis, some industry experts say.
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All of us Belongers, building castles in the sandRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
On vacation in the British West Indies, we see the decline from just a year ago at this same beautiful spotâ??fewer families at play, fewer retirees strolling arm and arm, fewer young couples slathering one another with sunscreen.
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New terminal plays big role in city marketing campaignRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Local tourism supporters are prominently featuring the Indianapolis International Airport's makeover in a branding campaign rolled out earlier this month.
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Conventions going high-tech with RFIDRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle

Radio frequency identification—better known as RFID—is making its way to trade shows and conventions, providing a plethora of information about attendees.

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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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Privacy, expense are concerns for RFID technologyRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The vast amounts of personal information capable of being stored through RFID raises privacy concerns. And the cost is significantly greater than standard bar codes.
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CIB's influence has grown with city's sports sceneRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
State lawmakers formed the Capital Improvement Board in 1965 to oversee construction of the city's convention center.
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Airport hotel in limboRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The recession, coupled with personnel shifts, have grounded the more than $50-million hotel project adjacent to the new terminal.
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City Market's renewal strategy may make or break vendorsRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
City Market vendors are counting on new executive director Jim Reillyto rejuvenate the downtown landmark. And he has months, not years, to show them results.
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Stadium, airport terminal openRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium opened in August, just in time for the Indianapolis Colts' season. Indianapolis International Airport's $1.1 billion midfield terminal, meanwhile, took off in November.
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Indy scores 2012 Super BowlRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In May, Indianapolis narrowly won the right to host the 2012 Super Bowl, beating out Phoenix and Houston at the National Football League owners' meeting in Atlanta.
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Tourism chief hired from SeattleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Though few knew what to think when Don Welsh announced in June he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Taking a sightseeing vacation ... right here in IndyRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Frank Basile
For eight years, we'd gone out of town for the holidays. But in this particular year not too long ago it looked like we had no choice but to stay put. So we decided to do the same thing here that we would have done in Utah—sightsee.
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Tourists rank Indianapolis as the second-most-popular Midwestern destinationRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fueled by a $740,000 regional advertising campaign, local tourism spending went sky high even as the economy was in a free fall.
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Conference center plan for Hendricks County gets positive interestRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
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