Tourism & Hospitality

Better Wi-Fi sought for stadium, convention center

June 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.
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Cultural Trail names executive director

May 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. has hired its first executive director, Karen Haley, who was also the first director of the city’s Office of Sustainability.
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City Market set to oust 19-year tenant Enzo Pizza

May 25, 2011
Scott Olson
Directors of the historic building have notified the pizza restaurant that it needs to have its equipment removed by the end of the day on Friday after the two sides could not agree on a new lease.
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Ratio finishing City Market design work

May 17, 2011
Scott Olson
The architectural firm is set to be awarded a $120,000 contract to complete the work after the original designer of the renovations, Woollen Molzen and Partners Inc., disbanded last month.
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Indiana Live makes staff reductions

May 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana Live laid off about 30 members of its 800-person staff this week as the race track and casino’s owners sort through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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City hosting another Big Ten championship

May 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Participants from seven Big Ten universities will be in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the women's rowing championships—the first time the event has been held at a neutral site.
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CIB reports quarterly revenue increase

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board saw revenue of $22.5 million in the first three months of the year, a jump of 28 percent compared with the same three months in 2010. More taxes generated by hotel stays and restaurant visits helped drive the increase.
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Can Indianapolis recover convention chief stability?

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leonard Hoops is the third CEO of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association in three years—not ideal in an industry where it often takes three to five years to consummate a deal and as long as a decade to plan and build infrastructure
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Twin Cities tourism outpaces IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Minneapolis and St. Paul together offer a larger convention market than Indianapolis.
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Bronze sculpture atop monument to be fixed

April 21, 2011
Associated Press
State officials say a bronze sculpture atop the Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument will be removed for repairs on Saturday.
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Longtime City Market tenant fighting move

April 18, 2011
Scott Olson
Enzo Pizza is refusing to vacate its space in the historic structure and is suing to stop construction to convert the east wing, where it's located, into a bicycle hub.
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Gun bill advances without exemption for Indy venues

April 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board, which runs the Indiana Convention Center and the city’s professional sports venues, had hoped to get an exemption to Senate Bill 292, which pre-empts local governments from creating their own rules about where people can carry guns.
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NFL tells future Super Bowl hosts to prepare for extreme weather

April 9, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
After seeing how snow and ice storms hurt the Super Bowl in Dallas this year, the National Football League is requiring that future host cities be better prepared to deal with inclement weather or disasters.
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Columbus prepares for wave of Miller house visitors

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art and Columbus Area Visitors Center expect national media attention to drive bookings for tours of the Miller house starting in May.
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Insurer seeks to avoid claims from wedding accident

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Michigan insurance company is seeking to avoid paying for any claims made by Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis involving a high-profile fatal wedding-shuttle accident last summer.
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Volleyball tourney expected to bring 20,000 to city

April 8, 2011
The 2011 Lids Team Sports Mid-East Qualifier, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature top female high school players on 65 courts inside the Indiana Convention Center.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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Indiana lawmakers OK hotel sites for casino tourneys

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana's casinos would be allowed to hold card tournaments at hotels or other sites on their properties under a proposal that has cleared the state Legislature.
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UPDATE: City lures new convention chief

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has hired Leonard Hoops, executive vice president for the San Francisco Travel Association, to replace Don Welsh as its new president and CEO.
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New convention chief impressed with Indianapolis' vision

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An executive headhunter had been dogging Leonard Hoops for years about various career opportunities around the country. He always dismissed the leads—until recently, when he was told about the CEO vacancy at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Labor board rejects Hyatt petition to hold union vote

March 21, 2011
Downtown Indianapolis hotel prefers a secret-ballot vote, while the Unite Here labor union wants what's known as a "card check" system.
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CIB awards contracts for stadium, convention security

March 15, 2011
The Capital Improvement Board voted Monday to retain the services of three firms that currently provide security at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, at an annual savings of $300,000.
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Big Ten tournament attendance, economic impact up

March 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hotel rooms were sold out three straight nights as attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament hit its highest mark since 2006.
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Frank's rules of travelRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Frank Basile
Following these guidelines can make for a better vacation
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Best bets: Finding the Indiana casino that's a winner for youRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
So given Indianapolis’ central location, what’s a gambler to do when she gets the urge to press her luck? Figuring that out is nearly as hard as deciding whether to hit or stand on 16.
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