Tourism & Hospitality

Indianapolis Air Show called off; organizers cite sequestration

February 26, 2013
The air show was set for June 15-16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mount Comfort east of Indianapolis. It has taken place annually since 1996.
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Centaur completes purchase of Indiana Grand

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
The owner of the Hoosier Park racino in Anderson says it has officially purchased the bankrupt Indiana Grand and Downs in Shelbyville for $500 million.
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State hotels see rise in annual occupancy rate

February 21, 2013
Indiana’s hotels hosted more visitors last year, according to a survey by Hendersonville-based Smith Travel Research.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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Is Indianapolis becoming too expensive for conventions?Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A recent tax increase coupled with cut-rate competition from other cities has Indianapolis-area convention and meeting officials fretting about losing a longtime cost advantage.
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QUICK HITS: More people visit Philly than Indy despite similar tourism budgetsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Philadelphia offers strong historical draws and a plethora of downtown restaurants.
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Hotel, restaurant merger part of larger shakeupRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Scott Olson
With the consolidation of the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association and the Indiana Restaurant Association are complete, longtime association leader John Livengood will stepping down
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SCOTT: Local restaurant trends to keep eye on in 2013Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Debbie Scott / Special to IBJ
Locovore, food trucks and snackification among other trends are gaining momentum in the Indianapolis area.
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Senators look to sunset city's ticket, excise tax hikesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Legislator says the recent tax increases aren't being used for the purpose intended when such increases were authorized in 2009.
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Big Easy Super Bowl attraction crowds fall short of Indy's

February 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Attendance this year for the Super Bowl-related NFL Experience and downtown village in New Orleans fell far short of what was achieved in Indianapolis last year.
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Council OKs tax hikes on tickets, car rentals

January 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night approved tax hikes to admissions to downtown events and on rental cars.
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Mahern wants council members to disclose free game tix

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council is poised to approve a huge increase in ticket taxes on professional sports, and one council member wants to make sure those voting on the hike disclose the freebies they get for Pacers and Colts games.
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Kentucky fair board, group reach amusement park deal

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
A group of private investors and the Kentucky State Fair board on Thursday reached a 50-year lease agreement for the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom amusement park with the new operators saying the facility should reopen in 2014.
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Bill aimed at boosting Indiana casinos advances

January 23, 2013
Associated Press
The Senate Public Policy Committee voted 9-0 in support of a bill that would overhaul the state's casino taxes, along with allowing Indiana's 10 riverboat casinos to move inland to adjacent property and permit live table games at the two horse track casinos.
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Indiana Beach owes $347,000 in taxes, county says

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Beach Amusement Resort on Lake Shafer neglected to pay an estimated $180,000 in innkeeper's taxes and about $167,000 in 2011 property taxes, according to White County officials.
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Zoo group introduces smaller counterpart to ZoobilationRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council—a recently formed collection of about 50 “young professionals” who support the Indianapolis Zoo—is hosting the inaugural Zoolala formal affair on Feb. 2.
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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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Widow of Holiday World's president gains park control

January 11, 2013
Associated Press
A judge has placed control of a southern Indiana theme park in the hands of the widow of the park's late president.
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New art museum CEO shakes up management team

January 10, 2013
Dan Human
The new head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art has reduced the size of his executive team, including cutting a top position, as an initial step to organization-wide restructuring.
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Speedway agrees to major overhaul in ADA settlement

January 10, 2013
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will make millions of dollars in updates to settle a Department of Justice investigation that found more than 360 violations of federal disability law.
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Gaming commission OKs Centaur plan to buy Indiana Grand

January 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Gaming Commission on Thursday afternoon approved Centaur Holdings LLC's plan to buy Indiana Grand Casino and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville.
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City’s tourism agency reports strong 2012

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' hosting of the Super Bowl last February seems to be paying off for Visit Indy, which says the exposure the city received from the game is translating into more visitor interest.
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Car-rental companies say higher tax will hurt locals, too

January 8, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis is poised to raise its tax on car rentals, drawing the ire of the auto-rental industry. Though local politicians routinely say such taxes hurt only visitors, more than half of car rentals are actually local, industry figures show.
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Lucas Oil might host 2016 Olympic Swimming TrialsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A local group led by the Indiana Sports Corp. is bidding to bring the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials to Indianapolis for the fifth time. But the event wouldn’t be in the 4,200-seat IUPUI Natatorium. Instead, officials want to host the 2016 trials in 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.
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