Tourism & Hospitality

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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ICVA chief leaving Indianapolis for Chicago

January 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Don Welsh, the top executive at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association since 2008, is leaving the city to take the job as CEO of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, the ICVA announced Monday night.
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Local hotel bookings fell in 2010, projected to rise in 2011

January 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Weak economy blamed for 5-percent decline. With Indiana Convention Center expansion set to be complete this month, booking should be on the rise.
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ICVA nearing hotel room-reservation target for 2010

December 27, 2010
Scott Olson
As of mid-December, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association had hit about 93 percent of its 2010 goal of booking 650,000 room nights for future conventions. The group is stepping up its efforts to meet the demands of the new JW Marriott hotel and convention center expansion.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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CIB OKs $2.6M in carpet upgrades for convention center

December 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board plans to spend about $2.6 million to replace 370,000 square feet of carpeting in the older portion of the Indiana Convention Center to match the carpet in the new addition.
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New commission could run state museum

December 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Interim leader is hoping that a more streamlined governance will help the struggling, state-supported museum be more successful in raising private donations and keeping CEOs.
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Lender seeking to foreclose on northwest-side hotel

December 9, 2010
Scott Olson
Colfin NW Funding LLC claims in a court filing that it is owed $6.4 million by the borrower that operates the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel Northwest under Indianapolis-based Schahet Hotels Inc.
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IMOCA settles in at Murphy Arts, calls off move

December 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which faltered in the summer of 2009, is on stable footing at its year-old location in Fountain Square—so much so that it won't move closer to downtown, as it had planned.
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City Market tenant agrees to move to alternate space

December 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Under a settlement, the Indianapolis City Market dropped its attempts to evict the Grecian Garden after the restaurant said it would relocate to accommodate a renovation.
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UPDATE: City Market has tentative deal with longtime tenant

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
City Market operators have reached a tentative deal to settle a dispute with Grecian Garden's owners after alleging the eatery was late on its rent payments for several months. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
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USA, Indianapolis lose out on 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010
Associated Press
Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup, beating out a bid by the United States to bring soccer's showcase back to America for the first time since 1994.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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Unions target Indianapolis hotels

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unite Here has high hopes, but the industry fears its cost advantage would erode.
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KENNEDY: Let's find ways to sustain visitor business

November 13, 2010
Melina Kennedy
Our city’s economic prosperity has been bolstered for many years by our strong convention and visitor business. We need to do what we can as a city to propel this important driver of our economy.
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Quick Hits: Indianapolis dwarfs Milwaukee in convention, tourism business

November 13, 2010
Indianapolis and Milwaukee are about the same size, with 1.7 million and 1.6 million people in their respective metro areas, but Indianapolis' convention trade is better developed.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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City's Conrad hotel investment starts to pay off for taxpayers

November 6, 2010
Cory Schouten
The city put up $25 million for the hotel, restaurant and condo development at the corner of Washington and Illinois streets, including $3.75 million in exchange for the economic equivalent of an 8-percent stake.
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Part of City Market renovation project put on hold

November 4, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City planners have downsized their renovation plans because project bids came in too high to meet the $2.7 million budget.
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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