Tourism & Hospitality

Ballard announces $4 million City Market overhaul

June 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Restoration project, slated to last nearly a year, will redesign vendor stand facades, improve lighting and introduce a regular schedule of live entertainment at the historic venue.
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Suspended Kruse hopes to keep famous auction going

May 26, 2010
Associated Press
Kruse's attorney said his 69-year-old client would like to find some way to keep the annual auction alive, possibly by finding another auction company to run this year's event.
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Football coaches' group to convene in Indianapolis

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The four-day events in 2014 and 2019 are expected to draw about 7,000 attendees each and fill a total of more than 20,000 room nights, likely ranking among the city’s 25 largest conventions each year.
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Indianapolis Zoo opening new cheetah exhibit

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The $2 million exhibit opens Saturday featuring five of the fastest animals on land.
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City Market steering away from food court reputation

May 20, 2010
Scott Olson
Proposed $2.7 million renovation would take down west wing and make cosmetic improvements before 2012 Super Bowl.
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Another renovation proposed for City Market

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are proposing a $2.7 million renovation of the downtown City Market, three years after the last major renovation failed to boost business.
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Officials: Despite expansion, convention center needs work

May 15, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Seven months before the $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center is complete, convention planners and local convention and tourism officials are calling for an upgrade to the existing Convention Center space.
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Cheer competition inks three-year extension with city

May 13, 2010
Jamfest Cheer Super Nationals will be held in Indianapolis through 2015. The competition is one of the city's largest annual gatherings, attracting about 20,000 cheerleaders and spectators.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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'Indiana Experience' boosts Historical Society visits

May 12, 2010
Society says the attendance represents a 57.4-percent increase over typical walk-in traffic to the Indiana History Center.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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State tourism cuts alter marketing methods

May 7, 2010
Scott Olson
In light of a shrinking budget, the state has dropped traditional advertising campaigns to promote tourism and is embracing social media outlets to promote Indiana's attractions.
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General Hotels lands 5 new properties

May 4, 2010
General Hotels Corp. will manage five more hotels in Indiana and Ohio.
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City targets Georgia Street for $12.5M makeover

May 4, 2010
The project will create an event-friendly corridor from the expanded Indiana Convention Center to Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Indianapolis beats Louisville on visitors, but not spaceRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Together, the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Kentucky Exhibition Center offer cavernous space. However, Indianapolis is attracting more guests.
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Connector bridges gap between convention center and stadiumRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Norm Heikens
Designers of a walkway that connects the buildings are making the experience as attractive as possible in order to overcome the psychological barrier of moving from one building to another.
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Corporate hospitality in doldrums at Speedway

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unfathomable just a decade ago, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is trimming demands on hospitality packages in a scramble to fill vacancies and preserve what IMS officials call "a major profit center."
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British tour firms' visit may lead to transatlantic direct flightsRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
An initiative to bring 10 of the biggest travel tour operators in the United Kingdom to this year's Indianapolis 500 could be a first step in bolstering business at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, area golf courses and Indianapolis International Airport, where city boosters hope to establish direct flights to London.
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UPDATE: Tennis Center set for summer demolition

April 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Sources close to the university said they expect a combination of parking facilities and a multi-use athletics venue and convocation center to be built on the site.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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MZD lands tourism account for Hendricks County

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Seventeen agencies submitted proposals for the account.
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Indianapolis to host conference for occupational therapists

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Attracting the meeting is a coup for Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association officials who are trying to pull in more health-related events.
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Record visitor spending expected for Final Four

March 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tickets were snapped up fast for this year's Final Four, almost assuring a record economic impact for Indianapolis. But two more wins for Purdue or Butler could bring down projected visitor spending.
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Future of Big Ten tourneys in city unclear after 2012

March 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Indianapolis the next two years, but the conference's future in the city is uncertain after 2012.
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Children's Museum planning $4.2 million exhibit

March 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is teaming with National Geographic on a permanent exhibit, "National Geographic Treasures of the Earth," intended to provide immersive learning in archeological excavation.
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