Throughout the state, event planners, attraction programmers, restaurateurs, tourism commissions and many more—from small towns to not-quite-as-big-as-Indy cities—are working hard to offer new amenities.
Visitors spent nearly $681 million in the county in 2015, with most of the dollars used for food and beverages. That’s a 12 percent boost over 2014, nearly double the increase for the overall metro area.
Conner Prairie is teaming with Carmel-based hospitality company Ritz Charles on a $3 million project that will renovate the historic Chinese House at the Fishers living history museum and add an event venue along the White River.
While it weighs what to do with its multimillion-dollar Asherwood donation, the Great American Songbook Foundation has been selected to participate in the American Alliance of Museum's Museum Assessment Program.
An initiative involving Indiana University and the Lilly Endowment is set to provide a $15 million renovation to the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center while ensuring the historic landmark’s viability into the future.
The Noblesville-based Indiana Transportation Museum recently lost a court battle that would have allowed it to revive the annual Polar Bear Express from Fishers to Indianapolis. But the museum has found a new route for the holiday excursion.