When a flight delay caused a late check in or a business meeting ran overtime, the on-site eatery at your hotel was the meal of last resort—and was nearly always approached with low expectations. That may still be the case in some areas, but it certainly isn’t in downtown Indianapolis.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis CEO Jeffrey Patchen answers IBJ’s questions about the museum’s growth and what’s ahead.
Event-only facilities are typically on the small side (at least compared to the convention center), located in or near downtown, and often reside in old industrial or warehouse structures.
Any earnest local or up-to-date guidebook can steer you toward obvious offerings for a uniquely Indy experience. But here are other options to consider.
Since its first iteration opened in 1972, it’s undergone four major expansions. The last one, completed in 2011, increased its size to six city blocks and more than 566,600 square feet of exhibit space—or 745,210, if you include nearby Lucas Oil Stadium.
Debbie Locklear’s firm, Meeting Services Unlimited, works with dozens of clients nationwide and has helped put on shows for some of the country’s biggest corporations and associations, including Indianapolis-based Custom Electronic Design Installation Association.
The biggest business deals often come together over a great dinner. But with all the amazing options—new and old—in Indianapolis, choosing just the right spot might seem daunting. Do you go for the best food? For the trendy new place? Or how about simply a spot where you can hear a conversation?
While Indianapolis pursues major sporting events and massive conventions—gatherings that attract tens of thousands of people and score tens of millions of dollars in economic impact—many neighboring counties are chasing small and midsize corporate confabs, weddings and senior-citizen bus tours.
Visit Indy is a big not-for-profit, bringing in and spending $13.6 million last year in its quest to promote Indianapolis' convention and tourism industry.
Our annual Meeting & Event Planning Guide includes in-depth coverage of the region’s convention and tourism industry, as well as 16 lists and directories.
Eighteen months after the expansion opened, indicators of success are mixed.