Tourism & Hospitality

Steak n Shake paying $3.8M for Ober Building

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An affiliate of the Steak n Shake restaurant chain has agreed to pay $3.8 million to acquire downtown's Ober Building from the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County. The restaurant chain likely will move its headquarters to the 1910 building.
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Earth House cites unsustainable business model for closure

August 23, 2012
Dan Human
Leaders of a church-affiliated Indianapolis arts organization are citing an unsustainable business model as the reason why doors will close at the end of the month. Earth House Collective will host its final events on Aug. 31
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Indiana State Fair falls short of attendance goal

August 20, 2012
Scott Olson
This year's Indiana State Fair drew 853,941 visitors during a 17-day run that ended Sunday, falling short of its attendance goal by about 20,000 people. The fair had aimed for overall attendance of 875,000, a figure based on the average number of visitors the past five years.
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Fate of theme park remains on roller coaster ride

August 18, 2012
Associated Press
Efforts to reopen a closed Kentucky amusement park have taken a roller coaster ride for three summers, and now there's a new twist as the state seeks out more would-be operators even as a group of local business leaders floats a proposal to revive the attraction.
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City's convention agency changing to more 'hip' name

August 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is changing its name to Visit Indy and dramatically altering its logo to appeal to leisure travelers as well as meeting and convention planners.
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Downtown Indianapolis gearing up for big visitor weekend

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Gen Con Indy gaming convention and the MotoGP race are among several events the city is hosting that could produce an economic impact of $150 million, according to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Stage company rejects Indiana State Fair settlement deal

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
The owner of the stage that collapsed at Indiana's State Fair last year and killed seven people rejected a settlement plan Wednesday that would have protected the state from further legal action and paid victims an additional $7.2 million.
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IMA chooses new CEO from Kentucky art museum

August 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Charles L. Venable, 52, the director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville since 2007, was chosen to replace Maxwell Anderson, who left the IMA in January to become director of the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Museum of Contemporary Art names executive director

August 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art has removed the "interim" tag from the title of its executive director.
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Playoffs?! CIB predicts Colts won't host postseason game

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city entity that owns Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts play their home games, budgeted $1 million less in admission-tax revenue for 2013 for one reason: The board does not expect the Colts to host any playoff games.
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CIB plans $5M repair to Capitol Commons plaza

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The project is part of a $63.9 million operating budget board members approved for 2013, which is lower than the current year's budget because it doesn't include Super Bowl costs or special payments to the Indiana Pacers.
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Hamilton County hotels report stronger occupancy

August 14, 2012
Helped in part by the Super Bowl, the county's occupancy rate increased 8.4 percent, to 63 percent, compared with the first six months of 2011, according to a report by Tennessee-based Smith Travel Research.
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ICVA eyes funds from sale by CIB of downtown's Ober building

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Capital Improvement Board wants to plug a $2 million funding hole that will open up next year for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association with the expiration of a $5.9 million grant from the owner of the JW Marriott hotel downtown.
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Indiana fair remembers stage collapse 1 year later

August 13, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair came to a standstill Monday night to honor the victims of a deadly stage collapse one year ago that prompted sweeping overhauls of the fair's emergency plan and new regulations for temporary stages.
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Few regulations for Indianapolis food trucks to keepRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Owners, restaurateurs are hoping to avoid new ordinances.
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Super Bowl bid might spur new downtown hotelRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown is short of the four- and five-star hotel rooms preferred by National Football League sponsors and partners for a 2018 Super Bowl host, but local tourism officials are hesitant to add more hotel space just to secure a second Super Bowl.
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Tourism agency names ISO exec as interim director

August 10, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has named Mark Newman as interim executive director, replacing Amy Vaughan, who had led the tourism agency since 2005.
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Indy Zoo gets $2M gift for planned orangutan center

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Zoo said Thursday it that it received a $2 million gift toward its planned orangutan center from the family foundation of hotel developer Dean White.
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Fair victim settlement shields Indiana from company

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers presented their decision to offer an additional $6 million to victims of a deadly stage collapse at last year's state fair as a way to help those who weren't adequately compensated by its first settlement. But buried in the legislation was a clause protecting the state from having to pay even more.
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State fair opens with attendance increase

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana State Fair attendance is officially up so far this year thanks to a pair of opening-weekend concerts. Those concerts, however, took place in downtown Indianapolis, so crowds at the state fairgrounds actually may be down a little.
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Indianapolis hotels see sharp increases in room revenue

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis hotel market is poised to record a 10.8-percent increase in revenue per available room in 2012, according to projections from PKF Consulting. The city's hosting of the Super Bowl gave the market a huge, early lift.
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Fair handles first thunderstorm under new procedures

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new, 425-page emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
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Chicago tourism push increases pressure on IndianapolisRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Chicago tourism officials earlier this year unleashed a major advertising campaign that threatens to encroach on one of Indianapolis’ primary leisure travel segments. The Second City for the first time ever is marketing itself to other cities in the Midwest, such as St. Louis and Cincinnati, that are key targets for Indianapolis.
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Anderson using Colts training camp in year-round tourism effort

August 2, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
With a new Indianapolis Colts coach and quarterback on the field, Anderson officials expect to see an increase in training camp attendance this season that will help boost tourism in Madison County all year.
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Gilchrist & Soames moves HQ, plans to add 40 workers

August 1, 2012
The maker of luxury soaps and other hotel toiletries has moved its headquarters from Indianapolis to a bigger facility in Plainfield, where it plans to add 40 employees within six months.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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