Visitor Spending

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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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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IU success spurs Big Ten tourney ticket sales

March 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are confident attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tourney will top last year's total of more than 86,000 and could surpass 90,000 for the first time since 2006.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. leader Zahn stepping down after 19 years

February 16, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Thursday morning that President Tamara Zahn plans to leave her position by June. Zahn was IDI's first president and has been in the post for 19 years.
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Super Bowl puts city on short list for auto dealers convention

February 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
After winning national praise as the host of Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis has a shot at four major conventions planned for next year and beyond.
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Super Celebration site turnout less than expected

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Outlying communities say they saw steady ridership on free shuttles heading to and from downtown Indianapolis, but the sites received fewer Super Bowl visitors than expected.
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Indianapolis cleans up after 1.1M Super Bowl guests

February 6, 2012
Scott Olson
More than 1.1 million people visited Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis during its 10-day run, far outpacing expectations by host committee leaders.
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Landing another Super Bowl might not be such a long shot after all

February 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Talk of bringing another Super Bowl to Indianapolis began soon after week-long festivities kicked off for the 2012 game, but city leaders will have to find a way to generate more revenue for the NFL and its 32 team owners for Indianapolis to muscle its way into a regular Super Bowl rotation.
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Festivities draw record crowds downtown

January 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Super Bowl Village’s opening weekend met local organizers’ expectations—and then some—drawing more than 205,000 visitors from Friday through Sunday.
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Indy airport helping city make strong first impressions

January 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis International Airport Authority and Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee know impressions begin when people arrive in the city and continue to be formed when they depart.
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City leaders determined to use global spotlight to build cachet

January 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
City leaders are working feverishly to maximize Indianapolis' week in the Super Bowl spotlight, hoping to brand the Circle City in the minds of convention and leisure travelers as a place to return and spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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NFL decides to add 5,000 tickets to Super Bowl mix

January 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NFL officials on Monday said they plan to expand Lucas Oil Stadium's capacity to 68,000 during the Feb. 5 event in Indianapolis. Capacity for Colts games is typically 63,000.
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Super Bowl matchup ‘touchdown’ for city, experts say

January 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The game will be a sellout no matter which teams are playing. But a showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is particularly intriguing from an economic impact standpoint.
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Super Bowl parties are boon for fledgling downtown venue

January 19, 2012
Mason King
Crane Bay watch videoThe operators of the new Crane Bay Event Center two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium expect to more than recoup their $1.2 million investment in renovating the space by hosting high-profile parties before the Super Bowl, including the Rolling Stone events.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Indy tourism officials launch Super Bowl ad campaign

January 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has launched a 25-day, $100,000 ad campaign to lure visitors to the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The campaign targets the Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
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City tourism generated $3.6B in 2010, study says

December 14, 2011
An Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association study shows the amount of tourism dollars last year increased by $120 million from 2009. The city also attracted more visitors in 2010.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Zoo launches $30M campaign to build orangutan center

December 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Construction on the International Orangutan Center would start in August, with the opening set for Memorial Day weekend in 2014.
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For Big Ten championship, even suites are for sale

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
Besides individual tickets, entire suites are being offered for as much as $28,000 on various online brokerage sites for the inaugural Big Ten championship football game.
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Ripken eyes Indy for major youth baseball complex

November 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Ripken Baseball Inc., which operates two of the country's top youth baseball facilities, are considering Indianapolis as a location for a major complex that could cost up to $20 million to build and draw thousands of players and spectators each year.
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Stewart's NASCAR victory likely to boost local trade show

November 21, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The International Motorsports Industry Show at the Indiana Convention Center should get a jolt of publicity from Tony Stewart, who is not only the 2011 NASCAR champ but the show's part-owner.
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