Tourism & Hospitality

White Lodging says data breach reached 8 states

February 3, 2014
Associated Press
Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. said the suspected breach affected credit cards used at hotel restaurants and lounges at 14 properties it manages, including the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown.
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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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Conner Prairie draws record crowds, ramps up programming

January 23, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Conner Prairie isn’t just for summer—or kids—anymore. The Hamilton County interactive museum on Wednesday announced plans to ramp up year-round programming, including more events geared to adults.
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Proposal to allow alcohol sales at fair still on tap

January 22, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
People on both sides of the issue, including those on the State Fair Commission, Indiana alcohol producers, and those opposed to the change, discussed a tentative plan Wednesday for how the state fair could sell its first alcoholic beverages since the 1940s.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Tourism officials kept mum on NRA convention for years

January 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Visit Indy officials finalized a deal in 2010 to bring the National Rifle Association's annual convention here in 2014. They say the NRA asked them not to publicize the event. The group disagrees.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Proposal calls for alcohol sales during Indiana State Fair

January 14, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
The Indiana State Fair is only one of two state fairs that prohibit the sale of alcohol. Senate Bill 168, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, would change that.
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Tourism makes up state’s sixth largest industry, study says

December 18, 2013
Jacie Shoaf, The Statehouse File
The industry maintains nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses, according to a new report.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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St. Elmo to host major shrimp-cocktail eating competition

November 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
St. Elmo Steak House will welcome the world's top competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut, to the contest, which will be part of the Georgia Street festivities prior to the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Indianapolis lands 2016 Olympic diving trials

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The trials will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. The facility is in need of millions of dollars in repairs, organizers say.
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Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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City designs new strategy to combat panhandlingRestricted Content

November 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A bipartisan group of city-county councilors is considering an ordinance that would increase panhandling restrictions, including barring panhandling and street performances within 50 feet of any area where any financial transaction is made.
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Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy

November 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New convention prospects are talking to the city's marketing agency after passage of the city's expanded smoking ordinance last year.
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Longtime Indiana Beach owner dies at 100

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
Thomas Spackman, the son of the park's founder, added numerous rides at the tourist attraction, which became known for its commercial jingle, "There's more than corn in Indiana."
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger ClevelandRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
A comparison of the convention and tourism businesses.
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Hamilton County tourism getting sweeping updateRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Officials tout sophistication, Internet focus in attempt to shed folksy image.
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MILLER: A mixed forecast for the travel businessRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Denise Miller
The volume of travel in the United States exceeded the prior peak (2007) earlier this year and is likely headed for continued growth, although Indiana, with the exception of central Indiana, is not faring as positively.
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Local hotelier files for bankruptcy on 7 properties

November 8, 2013
Mason King
Reeling from the recession, Bharat Patel hopes to protect the hotels from foreclosure. Their lender is owed as much as $120 million, according to court filings.
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Racing home: Fast-growing trade show returns to IndyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming Performance Racing Industry Show—in its first year back in Indianapolis since 2004—is beating expectations for exhibitors, attendees and, most important, visitor spending.
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Indianapolis Air Show grounded for good, organizers say

November 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amid federal budget cuts that have limited the participation of elite flying groups, the show's executive committee has decided to call it quits.
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Ritzier hotels may lure top events, but year-round demand unclear

October 26, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis lacks a five-star hotel, a fact some hospitality experts think could hurt the city’s chances of landing the 2018 Super Bowl. But there’s no consensus on whether the city should go more upscale.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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