A study commissioned by Visit Indy says officials are counting on a new downtown mega-hotel to generate nearly half its own business without relying on conventions.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board has asked developers interested in building the project to submit responses by the end of June. Plans a decade ago to build a $50 million Westin at the airport were scuttled by the Great Recession.
The renovation added 28 rooms to the 17-year-old hotel at 350 W. Maryland St., bringing the total to 650 rooms.
The impending arrival of the full-service Embassy Suites with convention and banquet facilities may have attracted yet another hotelier to the critical mass of operators just west of Indianapolis International Airport.
Indiana is the fourth state, following Florida, Idaho and Arizona, to approve statewide standards for short-term rentals.
Only the Pan Am Plaza and a city-owned parking garage on Illinois Street jump out as prime locations for the mega-hotel Visit Indy wants downtown, hospitality industry observers say.
City and tourism officials had requested proposals for a hotel that would rival the 1,004-room JW Marriott and include ballroom space integral to attracting more conventions to the city.
Legislation limiting regulation of short-term rentals by local governments has been approved by Indiana lawmakers and is on its way to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk.
Shaking things up at a time its growth has been slowin, the lodging-sharing service is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties it lists in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay.
The number of tourism and hospitality jobs in Indianapolis also grew—from 77,800 in 2015 to 80,600 in 2016, according to the report.
City officials are considering an ordinance to crack down on hotels and motels they say are a magnet for crime, pose a danger to area residents, and drain city police and fire resources.
The bill would guarantee homeowners the ability to rent out their primary residence on websites such as Airbnb.
The former owner of the Abbey Inn & Suites is being sued for charging a woman $350 for posting a negative online review that noted cleanliness issues.
The 109-year-old building—once the tallest structure in Indianapolis—is slated for a transformation into a 130-room hotel expected to open in early 2020.
A legislative study panel has recommended that lawmakers block local governments from adopting what it calls "any undue restrictions" on using someone's primary residence as a short-term rental.
The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game is expected to have a $150 million economic impact on Indianapolis.
An advisory commission has chosen a proposal from an Indianapolis-based developer for a new convention center and hotel development in downtown Bloomington that is expected to cost about $72 million.