Tourism/Hospitality

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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New hotel tax in Johnson County would fund horse park, tourism bureauRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Johnson County officials this month approved a 7-percent tax on hotel-room stays.
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Quest to improve corridors continues in LebanonRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
The corridors leading into downtown Lebanon are a step closer to becoming more attractive.
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20-story 'Aerophare' at White River park would change skylineRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris O'Malley
If "Aerophare" gets off the ground, downtown visitors will literally be riding up and down in a balloon, within a 20-story, helical tower in White River State Park.
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Is 2012 Super Bowl wisest investment?Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Brian Williams
The economic impact of a Super Bowl on the host city is subject to vigorous debate.
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Speedway on track to develop tourism year-roundRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
As the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approaches, the town of Speedway, at long last, is making an aggressive play to turn the world-famous oval into an economic engine that runs year-round.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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