Visit Indy sets tourism records

The city’s tourism agency brought in nearly 8 million hotel room nights in 2019 in central Indiana—an all-time record.

Just more than 2 million hotel room nights were booked downtown last year. Overall, 5.32 million rooms were booked in Marion County and 7.94 million throughout the metropolitan area.

Visit Indy shared the figures as part of its annual State of Tourism event, this year held at the Madam Walker Legacy Center. The group said additional figures, including annual economic impact and visitor counts, should be available in the coming weeks.

The group also shared that the American Dental Association has signed on to hold its annual convention in Indianapolis for the first time, in 2026—likely bringing 21,000 attendees and an economic impact of nearly $30 million.

The Chicago-based group committed after receiving assurances from the city that the Pan Am Plaza redevelopment project—which includes a 120,000-square-foot expansion to the convention center and two hotels totaling about 1,400 rooms—will move forward as planned.

City officials said in mid-June they continue to work with local developer Kite Realty Group Trust on an agreement for the project. Kite wants to have financing in place by the end of the first quarter.•

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