Visitor Spending

Indy lands huge volleyball event with $59M impact

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is expecting 15,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
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State parks see surge in business as weather heats up

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Revenue from year-long passes was up about 8 percent this year through the end of May compared to the same time last year, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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Zoo adopts variable-pricing strategy for tickets

June 7, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Zoo last month dumped its old model of set ticket prices and installed a variable model—a first for the industry and one with mostly higher prices—to correspond with the opening of its orangutan exhibit.
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Crowds rocking at Klipsch Music Center following slump

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui
The amphitheater sold almost 570,000 tickets to 34 shows last year, the most in recent history, as the live-entertainment industry rebounded from a recession-related slump. Ticket sales at Klipsch were up 60 percent from 2011, when it scheduled about 10 fewer events.
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Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center set for opening

May 23, 2014
Associated Press
The $26 million International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Saturday. Zoo officials expect a tremendous attendance boost from the exhibit.
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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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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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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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City beat steep odds to land NRA convention

April 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
City tourism officials worked for years to bring second-largest convention ever to Indianapolis.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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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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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 officials kept mum on NRA convention for years

January 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Visit Indy officials finalized a deal in 2010 to bring the National Rifle Association's annual convention here in 2014. They say the NRA asked them not to publicize the event. The group disagrees.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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St. Elmo to host major shrimp-cocktail eating competition

November 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
St. Elmo Steak House will welcome the world's top competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut, to the contest, which will be part of the Georgia Street festivities prior to the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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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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'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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Local boat, RV show changes format to widen audience

September 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show will include an auction open to the public. Event organizers think it will draw bidders from far and wide.
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Construction on orangutan center halfway done

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The zoo says construction is expected to be complete by December. The center is being funded by a $30 million capital campaign.
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Local enrollment for culinary schools risingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The surprising growth corresponds with the recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and an explosion in the popularity of The Food Network and chef-centric programming. But don't expect to make a mint.
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DAY: The hidden value of hospitality and tourismRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Jonathon Day
Tourism and hospitality are often described as the invisible industry—the industry “hidden in plain sight.”
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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