Tourism & Hospitality

Indy tourism officials take aim at close-in target

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New program is designed to lure Indiana residents to capital city with large discounts at hotels, attractions
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger Houston

July 27, 2013
A comparison of convention and tourism cities.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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HENEGAR: Proposed panhandling ban appears unconstitutionalRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Jane Henegar / Special to IBJ
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana believes in the power of the First Amendment to give the powerless a voice. Our constitutional right to free expression allows us to confront our greatest challenges, including poverty and homelessness.
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Construction on orangutan center halfway done

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The zoo says construction is expected to be complete by December. The center is being funded by a $30 million capital campaign.
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Hamilton County wants squirrels on parade

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Inspired by more than 100,000 migratory squirrels that swarmed through Westfield and Fishers in the 1820s, a group of up-and-coming Hamilton County leaders is working on a public-art initiative celebrating the bushy-tailed rodents.
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Woodard sells Canterbury Hotel to Ohio firm

June 11, 2013
Scott Olson
Local businessman Turner Woodard had owned the upscale downtown hotel since 2010. Terms of the deal with Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge Capital LLC, a hotel investment firm, were not disclosed.
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500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.
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Indy 500 fans will find track security tighter this year

May 24, 2013
Associated Press
Fans coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Indy 500 will notice some changes in the traditional routine in response to last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
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Senior curator leaving IMA after 11-year stay

May 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Lisa Freiman directed the opening of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres in June 2010 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. and is credited with transforming the experience of contemporary art in Indianapolis.
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IUPUI to move men's hoops to fairgrounds Coliseum

May 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
School and fairgrounds officials announced the five-year deal on Thursday. Playing in the 74-year-old landmark will more than quintuple seating capacity for Jaguar games.
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Local enrollment for culinary schools risingRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The surprising growth corresponds with the recent expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and an explosion in the popularity of The Food Network and chef-centric programming. But don't expect to make a mint.
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New lights only the beginning for Brickyard changesRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Everything is on the table for consideration, says new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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San Diego tourism market significantly larger than Indy's

April 27, 2013
A side-by-side comparison of the tourism and convention industries in Indianapolis and San Diego.
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Visit Indy weaves Speedway into marketing campaignRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Greater consistency is expected to pay tourism dividends.
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Speedway's Speed Zone redevelopment project in high gearRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Some goals have been realized, while others are moving through the pipeline.
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DAY: The hidden value of hospitality and tourismRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Jonathon Day
Tourism and hospitality are often described as the invisible industry—the industry “hidden in plain sight.”
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Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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Holiday World plans to display fun, not family problems

April 12, 2013
Associated Press
A family legal battle and untimely deaths have drawn attention to Holiday World's owners in recent years. But it's business as usual for those who run the Indiana theme park.
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Monument Circle face-lift set to move forward

April 4, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city recently signed a $555,750 contract with a local firm for design work on the Circle, leading to a two-year repaving project with other improvements.
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Skating academy to close ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana World Skating Academy, a fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, plans to suspend operations of its two indoor ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza this month and begin looking for a new location, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday.
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Traveling Indiana? Here's a look at what's new and improved

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Need some incentives to travel in-state for your next getaway? Looking for something new? Here’s a rundown of some of what’s been added — or improved — on Indiana’s destinations menu.
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REVIEW: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios revisited

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
With both the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and 2012’s New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World, families with theme-park inklings have even more reasons to visit — or revisit — Orlando.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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