Visitor Spending

Indianapolis loses bid to host 2016 Olympic swim trials in stadium

March 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has been eliminated as a candidate to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials at Lucas Oil Stadium. USA Swimming told local leaders that the venue would be "challenging for creating an intimate swimming setting."
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Ticket brokers, city to take lumps as IU sent east

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Ticket brokers took a gut punch Sunday when NCAA officials announced that Indiana University would not be playing in the Midwest Regional of the men's basketball tournament. Local tourism officials say the economic impact could drop $1.5 million.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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Big Easy Super Bowl attraction crowds fall short of Indy's

February 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Attendance this year for the Super Bowl-related NFL Experience and downtown village in New Orleans fell far short of what was achieved in Indianapolis last year.
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Mahern wants council members to disclose free game tix

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council is poised to approve a huge increase in ticket taxes on professional sports, and one council member wants to make sure those voting on the hike disclose the freebies they get for Pacers and Colts games.
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City’s tourism agency reports strong 2012

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' hosting of the Super Bowl last February seems to be paying off for Visit Indy, which says the exposure the city received from the game is translating into more visitor interest.
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Car-rental companies say higher tax will hurt locals, too

January 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is poised to raise its tax on car rentals, drawing the ire of the auto-rental industry. Though local politicians routinely say such taxes hurt only visitors, more than half of car rentals are actually local, industry figures show.
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Lucas Oil might host 2016 Olympic Swimming TrialsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A local group led by the Indiana Sports Corp. is bidding to bring the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials to Indianapolis for the fifth time. But the event wouldn’t be in the 4,200-seat IUPUI Natatorium. Instead, officials want to host the 2016 trials in 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Potential of higher car rental taxes drawing fire

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
People who come to Indianapolis for business, ball games or other reasons could pay more for their visits if local officials decide to raise taxes on car rentals and professional sports tickets early next year.
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Tourism generated $4B for city last year, study says

December 6, 2012
A study released Thursday says the tourism industry in Indianapolis had an economic impact of nearly $4 billion in 2011, a 10-percent increase from the previous year.
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Big Ten football title game crowd disappoints organizers

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Organizers of the Big Ten football championship played in Indianapolis say they’ll consider making changes for next year’s game in an attempt to boost attendance.
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Nation’s largest motorsports trade show returning to city

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Performance Racing Industry Show will return to Indianapolis for five years starting in 2013, bringing about 40,000 guests and millions of dollars of visitor spending with it.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Downtown Indianapolis gearing up for big visitor weekend

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Gen Con Indy gaming convention and the MotoGP race are among several events the city is hosting that could produce an economic impact of $150 million, according to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Hamilton County hotels report stronger occupancy

August 14, 2012
Helped in part by the Super Bowl, the county's occupancy rate increased 8.4 percent, to 63 percent, compared with the first six months of 2011, according to a report by Tennessee-based Smith Travel Research.
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Anderson using Colts training camp in year-round tourism effort

August 2, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
With a new Indianapolis Colts coach and quarterback on the field, Anderson officials expect to see an increase in training camp attendance this season that will help boost tourism in Madison County all year.
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Gen Con gaming for another attendance recordRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Scott Olson
As crowds get bigger, businesses take more notice.
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City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

July 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are emboldened by the financial results of the city's first time hosting the NFL championship game in February, which produced a direct economic impact of $176 million, according to a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
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Indiana county ready for fair after grandstands fire

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
Temporary metal bleachers have been built along a track at the Shelby County Fairgrounds to replace the 133-year-old wooden grandstands destroyed in an arson last month.
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City’s final tab for hosting Super Bowl: $1 million

May 14, 2012
Scott Olson
CIB and city tourism leaders say that the money was well spent considering the game could translate to $300 million in direct visitor spending over the next several years.
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Overlapping downtown events give hotels a boost

April 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The annual Fire Department Instructors Conference attracts nearly 30,000 visitors to downtown. But with Race for the Cure on Saturday, demand for hotel rooms is even stronger, particularly toward the end of the week.
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NFL borrows from Indy's Super Bowl playbook

April 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
League officials said a Super Bowl Village like the one in downtown Indianapolis will now be a requirement for future cities hosting the big game.
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CIB loss from Super Bowl in line with projections

April 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Preliminary financials show the board that manages the city's sports and convention facilities so far has lost nearly $350,000 due to the Super Bowl. That figure is expected to grow to $800,000.
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State launches grant program aimed at tourism

March 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman says the $400,000 initiative will help draw visitors and have a "lasting impact" on Indiana's towns and cities.
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City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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