Tourism & Hospitality

Indianapolis' 'well-designed' flag flies below radarRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
The Indianapolis city flag turns 50 next year, but considering that urban design experts note the flag isn’t exactly plastered all over town, it’s probably a safe bet this is one golden birthday that won’t be much of a party.
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Thousands of IU Health patients getting hotel-stay discountsRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
A program to help Indiana University Health patients get discounted hotel rooms has ballooned in recent years to the size of a midsize convention.
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Dealer Expo trade show kicks off expanded Convention Center

February 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive powersports convention is one of the biggest annual events hosted by the city and is the first to use the expanded Indiana Convention Center since a $275 addition was completed.
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Gun bill raises concerns for CIB properties

February 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Legislation that would allow Hoosiers with gun permits to carry their weapons into municipal properties could affect Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center.
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City looks to tourists to supplement convention business

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leisure travelers could plug gap until additional conventions fill the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
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Carmel firm top notch in the tourism industryRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Strategic Marketing & Research Inc., commonly known as SMARI, measures ad effectiveness for several states, attractions.
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GAHL: Corporate travel will follow Super Bowl in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Chris Gahl
City has a strategy to pitch Indianapolis to honchos.
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Denver, Indianapolis are close match on major tourism measuresRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
The recently expanded Indiana Convention Center gives Indianapolis more space than Denver, but Denver has more hotel rooms and a larger budget.
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Dallas lessons should strengthen Super Bowl in Indy

February 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
There’s a lot Indianapolis can learn from the folks in Dallas about hosting a Super Bowl. One of the biggest lessons: Plans are important, but they’re not everything.
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NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.
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NFL labor situation a hot topic in Dallas

February 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A lockout is predicted by many, but whether labor strife ultimately affects the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis remains to be seen.
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Super Bowl committee fields weather questions in Dallas

February 2, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Members of Indianapolis’ 2012 Super Bowl host committee spent most of Tuesday and the early part of Wednesday in Dallas answering questions about central Indiana weather and downtown amenities.
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Marketing firm VMS plans growth, new jobs

January 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Event-planning powerhouse VMS Inc. plans to invest more than $1.5 million to expand its Indianapolis life sciences marketing operation and create as many as 102 jobs over the next four years, state officials said Friday morning.
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City refocuses on targets, ramps up goals for tourism

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Tourism honchos outline aggressive goals for 2011, including increasing hotel room nights for conventions from 650,000 to 725,000, and targeting leisure travelers from Chicago and the United Kingdom.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Smaller meetings key to convention center expansion

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Large conventions typically get the most attention, but it's the smaller meetings that will be critical to ensuring the expanded Indiana Convention Center is adequately occupied.
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Titanic buoys state museum attendance

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" attracted 88,465 paying visitors during its 103-day run and boosted overall museum attendance by 45 percent.
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.
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Bill would lift ban on booze at Indiana State Fair

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.
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Top museum honor goes to Conner Prairie

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The living-history attraction is the second Indianapolis institution to win the prestigious National Medal for Museum Service.
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Convention Center expansion is high-stakes gamble

January 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
With the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion built and set to open Jan. 20, one major question remains: Will enough conventions, trade shows and corporate meetings come here to make the big-dollar investment pay off?
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Super Bowl organizers not concerned about lockout

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Host committee chairman Mark Miles said he believes the city would get another Super Bowl even if an NFL labor stoppage canceled the game.
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UPDATE: Convention leaders prepare for business without Welsh

January 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh was seen as a revolutionary force as CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. Now he may be one of its biggest competitors as he takes the top job in Chicago.
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