Tourism & Hospitality

Conner Prairie reports rising attendance, revenue

November 18, 2009
Scott Olson
Conner Prairie is ending 2009 in relatively better health than last year, as attendance and revenues are up at the same time donations are lagging, executives of the living history museum said Wednesday.
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Indiana tourism sites staying busy despite soft economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Hoosiers are shrugging off hard times and heading out on vacation, so much so that some of the state's top attractions actually are seeing attendance boomlets. But the travelers are sticking close to home, and they're clenching their dollars tightly.
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Local convention leaders wine, dine crucial meeting planners

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Behind every convention that rolls into Indianapolis is a tedious sales effort as intense and invisible as a riptide. Sometimes the sale cycle lasts as long as six years.
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Indianapolis Zoo attendance clipped by weather, economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis Zoo attendance is down in 2009, but poor weather may be to blame as much as the weak economy.
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MILLER: Travelers still want experiences despite proliferating technologyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Denise Miller
Consumers are using technology to look for the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price.
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ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region.
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CIB may accept $27 million state loan after all

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board likely will accept a state loan providing $27 million over three years to help shore up its fragile financial situation.
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Members of City-County Council form task force to study CIB financial problems

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A new task force formed this month is charged with recommending solutions to the financial problems of the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and its related convention and tourism issues.
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New downtown museum invites visitors to bang a drum

November 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Percussive Arts Society plans to open an interactive museum at Washington and Illinois streets downtown.
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City Market board sought 3-year closure for redevelopment

November 3, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Board president says he quit after Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declined proposal to shut down historic landmark until 2013 for major renovation.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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RCI to become Wyndham Exchange; says Carmel jobs are safeRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a swooning economy that has hammered the time-share condominium industry over the last 18 months, Resort Condominiums International continues to outperform its market. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some pain at the company formerly headquartered in Carmel.
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Downtown upscale eateries cancel their lunch plans

October 30, 2009
Mason King
While fast food remains a favorite for value-minded patrons, several higher-end restaurants in the Mile Square and its nearby environs have decided in the last year to pull the tablecloth out from under their lunch service.
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Hendricks County offers land for hotel development

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau said Monday that it is asking for proposals to develop a full-service convention hotel on up to 18 acres in Plainfield at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 267.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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How to make the best of meetings and events gone awryRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Chip Cutter
Meeting and event planners spend years poring over details for big functions, plotting minute-by-minute schedules, and brainstorming every possible contingency to stave off disaster. Sometimes, though, even the best-laid plans go awry.
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Indianapolis lands 2013 men's NCAA regional

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis has been selected to host a regional round of the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA announced today.
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Fort Wayne lures long-time conventions from Indy

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne's expanded convention center and a planned downtown hotel are proving attractive to conventions, including at least four events long held in Indianapolis.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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Super Bowl Committee adds vice president of event operations

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee recently hired South Bend native and Indiana University graduate Michelle Raines, who previously served in senior management roles for four Republican national conventions.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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Next year's State Fair to feature Japanese exhibit

September 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Japanese culture will be on display at the Indiana State Fair next year. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today, while traveling on a economic development mission in Japan, that the Asian country will be featured in its own exhibit at the fair for the first time in 2010.
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New Columbia Club general manager trying to reverse membership slideRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
James Rentschler hopes to restore the Columbia Club’s luster, and its membership roster, by returning the institution to its gilded roots.
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Airport looking for college students to serve as greeters

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis International Airport is looking for a new class of “airport ambassadors,” those helpful volunteers in the red vests who help passengers and visitors get their bearings.
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