Tourist Attractions

Quick hits: Indianapolis and Kansas City are close match in tourism

July 31, 2010
Indianapolis and Kansas City, a metro area with feet in both Missouri and Kansas, are not only similar demographically, but the cities' convention and tourism trades have some measures in common, like number of annual visitors.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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Brother of late CEO takes helm at Holiday World

June 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dan Koch has been named president and CEO of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari amusement park in southern Indiana, taking over after the unexpected death of his brother Will earlier this month.
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UPDATE: Commission approves City Market funding

June 16, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday afternoon to release nearly $4 million to improve the historic building in downtown Indianapolis.
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IMA hopes sculpture park brings acclaim, and donors

June 15, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $25 million park's grand opening is scheduled for June 20 following an opening-night party and a members-only VIP preview with artists and architect on June 19. Atelier Van Lieshout's "Funky Bones" is one of the featured sculptures.
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Holiday World president Will Koch dies at 48

June 14, 2010
Associated Press
Koch, 48, led the amusement park for 20 years, during which time it added a water park and several world-class roller coasters.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race to Indianapolis Zoo's new cheetah exhibit

June 5, 2010
Lou Harry
Cheetahs: Race for Survival” is a terrific addition to the Indianapolis Zoo, even though its primary selling point—speed—can’t actually be seen.
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Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Indianapolis Zoo opening new cheetah exhibit

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The $2 million exhibit opens Saturday featuring five of the fastest animals on land.
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City Market steering away from food court reputation

May 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Proposed $2.7 million renovation would take down west wing and make cosmetic improvements before 2012 Super Bowl.
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Another renovation proposed for City Market

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are proposing a $2.7 million renovation of the downtown City Market, three years after the last major renovation failed to boost business.
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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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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

May 12, 2010
Society says the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center.
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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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Indianapolis beats Louisville on visitors, but not spaceRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Together, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Kentucky Exhibition Center offer cavernous space. However, Indianapolis is attracting more guests.
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UPDATE: Tennis Center set for summer demolition

April 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to the university said they expect a combination of parking facilities and a multi-use athletics venue and convocation center to be built on the site.
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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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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy protection

March 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park horse track and casino in Anderson, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Sunday. The company's casino, racing and hotel operations will continue without interruption, it said.
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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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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indianapolis Zoo blames crowd drop on bad weather

January 6, 2010
Associated Press
The zoo says it drew 1.05 million visitors during 2009, down from 1.1 million in 2008.
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