Tourism & Hospitality

ICVA receives $5.4M gift to promote Indianapolis

January 28, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said Thursday that it has received a $5.4 million gift to help market the city's tourism and convention industries. The grant comes from a foundation headed by the developer of the Marriott Place hotel complex under construction downtown.
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Colts give local economy a kick

January 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl run giving downtown hotels, restaurants and retailers a multi-million-dollar boost.
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Indianapolis Conrad hotel nabs top honor

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conrad Indianapolis and West Baden Springs Hotel have been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2010.
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ICVA hotel-room bookings ahead of schedule

January 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Groups that committed in 2009 to hold meetings in Indianapolis in future years booked a total of nearly 688,000 hotel-room nights, a number that exceeded ICVA's goal by 5 percent.
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Uncertainty over 2012 Super Bowl puts hotels in a bind

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At issue is a dispute pitting NFL players against owners, and owners against one another over how league revenue should be divided. If it isn't resolved, the 2011 season could be shortened, delayed or canceled.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway negotiating deal with Levy Restaurants

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Chicago-based firm might take over food service at the Speedway as IMS continues to look for opportunities to outsource.
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Hotels spark expansion of downtown skywalk system

January 16, 2010
Cory Schouten
Two walkways that will connect to the new Marriott Place hotel will extend downtown's network of skywalk and underground pedestrian paths to a total of 12 hotels with more than 4,700 rooms--the most of any downtown in the United States.
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Indianapolis still in hunt to be World Cup host

January 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was one of 18 cities included in United State's bid to host World Cup Soccer event in 2018 or 2022.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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King to play transitional role at state museum

January 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New interim CEO, the former president of the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, hopes to pave way for stability at the institution, which has seen five CEOs in the past decade.
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Indianapolis Zoo blames crowd drop on bad weather

January 6, 2010
Associated Press
The zoo says it drew 1.05 million visitors during 2009, down from 1.1 million in 2008.
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Volunteers sought to host dinners

January 2, 2010
Central Indiana residents are being invited to host informal dinners for small groups of foreign visitors.
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Indy Visitors Channel sponsors contest for businesses

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The contest offers businesses a chance to promote something about themselves that might be of interest to hotel guests in the area.
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Racing industry trade shows won't conflict in 2010

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Performance Racing Industry Show has set its 2010 dates for Dec. 9-11. That means the International Motorsports Industry Show held in Indianapolis will have Dec. 1-3 to itself.
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Fledgling motorsports show growing faster than expectedRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The show held in Indianapolis Dec. 3-4 is picking up speed much faster than event organizers and local convention and tourism officials expected. But the nation’s biggest motorsports trade show, Performance Racing Industry Show, is considering competing with the local show head-on in 2010.
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Airport adds events to draw more people, revenue for vendors

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the first things new airport CEO John Clark said he wanted to do was to squeeze more use—and revenue—out of the new airport terminal’s Civic Plaza space.
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Motorsports industry show to stay here through 2015

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The inaugural show opened Dec. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, and is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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Indiana Historical Society lands $2M for new exhibits

December 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dubbed the "Indiana Experience," the exhibits represent the first ticketed tourist attraction at the society's headquarters building.
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Constantino's and City Market reach settlement

December 4, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
City Market has agreed to forgive Constantino's $27,000 in unpaid rent if the meat and produce stand shuts down by Dec. 24.
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State Museum to close on most Mondays

December 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The museum has been facing tight budgets and dropping attendance.
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Massive CEDIA Expo returning to city after 5-year break

December 2, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association will bring its fall trade show back to Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012—making good on a promise to return after a $275 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
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Tennis officials confirm sale of tournament

November 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials with the Indianapolis Tennis Championships confirmed that they are selling the rights to host an annual men's professional tennis event that has roots in Indianapolis dating back to 1920.
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Topping off planned for JW Marriott hotel

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 34-story hotel, the city's largest, is scheduled to open in 2011.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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