Tourism & Hospitality

Bebe Paluzza trade shows sold to industry vets

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bebe Paluzza Productions, which started as a local trade show for parents and grew into a series of consumer events staged in five cities, has been sold to two industry veterans who want to continue that expansion.
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Hendricks County launches tourism campaign

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Six months into a $750,000 plan to increase Hendricks County’s profile as a tourist destination, officials say group travel has doubled and hotel occupancy is up almost 3 percentage points—before an end-of-the-year push to get travelers to “Spend the Holidays in Hendricks County.”
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IU offering master’s degree in event tourism

October 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indiana University School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI will begin accepting students for the program next fall. The chairman of the school says the new degree fits well with Indianapolis' mission to be a convention destination.
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Corporations champion FFA’s mission

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The organization's annual convention, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, attracted 375 exhibitors, an impressive number considering the tepid economy.
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Suburban hotels take a beating as downtown recovers

October 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
As revenue per room falls, some hotels outside the center city are going on the auction block.
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AmericInn buys Fishers hotel, enters local market

October 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Minneapolis-based hotel chain AmericInn has purchased a Holiday Inn along Interstate 69 in Fishers, giving the company its first Indiana location.
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Georgia Street reconstruction project starts underground

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is under way on the $12.5 million transformation of a three-block stretch between Pennsylvania Street and Capitol Avenue into a pedestrian-friendly corridor.
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Fourth Artsgarden skywalk gets approval

October 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite objections, the Metropolitan Development Commission agreed to provide $600,000 in city funds to help build an enclosed pedestrian walkway connecting the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Circle City Classic organizers look to boost 27-year-old event

October 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A management shift and a renewed marketing effort that includes new attractions and increased advertising in key markets has Circle City Classic organizers optimistic about the annual event's future.
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Local ordinance could be key in City Market discrimination flap

September 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Unlike state and federal law, city ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. That may be enough for the city to take action against Just Cookies, which operates in City Market, for declining a request based on the customer's sexual orientation.
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Crowne Plaza walkway to add to city's connectivity

September 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown said a $400,000 enclosed connector linking the hotel to the convention center will be done in February.
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Super Bowl crew hustles to prep for 2012 event in Indianapolis

September 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
CEO Allison Melangton deliberately hired only Indiana residents to tap a deep talent pool and play up Hoosier hospitality.
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JW Marriott already sold 100,000 rooms

September 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It doesn't open until Feb. 4, but downtown's JW Marriott hotel has already booked 100,000 room nights for 2011—more than any other local hotel—an achievement drawing both praise and concern from others in the hospitality industry.
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Indy Super Bowl organizers moving ahead with plans

September 23, 2010
Associated Press
Local organizers expect the 2012 Super Bowl to be played as scheduled, despite growing concerns that an NFL work stoppage could force postponement or cancellation of the game.
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Indianapolis lands large environmental trade show

September 20, 2010
The Pump & Cleaner Environmental Expo will be held in Indianapolis each year in February from 2012 to 2014. It is expected to attract more than 12,000 visitors annually and generate an estimated $24 million in spending over the three-year stretch.
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Indiana Supreme Court won't hear Lee's Inns dispute

September 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A long-running legal battle among members of the Lee family of North Vernon over the valuation of their hotel chain has come to an end.
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Liquor board OKs permit for City Market beer sales

September 7, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board voted to approve a carryout liquor license for the historic downtown site. The permit will allow the Indiana Brewers Guild to open a bar featuring local craft beers.
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Auto auction's new owner calls first event a success

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
Auctions America by RM, which bought the former Kruse Auction Park in Auburn two months ago, said more than 25,000 people attended this past weekend's event, during which sales topped $13 million.
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CIB approves 2011 budget

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Including debt obligations, the CIB's total budget for 2011 is expected to be $104.4 million. The City-County Council is set to receive the budget at its Sept. 20 meeting and could approve it Oct. 25.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Frank Basile
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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Urban farming key to this 'Taste of Indiana'

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
First-of-its-kind event in Indianapolis showcases what's known as the slow food movement, which promotes the benefits of producing plants, seeds and livestock for local consumption.
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Conrad hotel's Spa Chakra closes abruptly

August 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Conrad General Manager Greg Tinsley says the hotel plans to reopen the high-end spa by Oct. 1, after receiving notification Friday that it had closed.
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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.
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