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Record numbers expected at this year’s Gen Con

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – “The best four days in gaming” has returned to Indianapolis for the 14th time, and this year Gen Con expects to break records. “After 13 years of hosting Gen Con, it’s clear that Indy gets Gen Con and Gen Con gets Indy,” Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy, […]

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Racing to a victory: Indy sees tourism spike for 500

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — When the green flag drops at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, there will be 350,000 race fans to witness the 100th running of the Indy 500. For Dillon Kaller, 24, it’s surreal to experience the Indy 500 festivities in person for the first time. Although Kaller is from […]

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Is RFRA in the rearview?

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Despite the national attention surrounding the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during last year’s the NCAA men’s Final Four, many visitors during this year’s women’s tournament felt comfortable in the city. Nearly 30,000 people came to Indianapolis for the tournament, including Steven Van Fleet who traveled from Connecticut to see […]

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Former Indy Mayor Bill Hudnut recognized for contributions to tourism

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III is being recognized for his long-standing contributions made to the tourism and business sectors of the Hoosier capital. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced Hudnut is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership […]

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New law: Budget authorizes new state park lodge

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Potato Creek could be the first Indiana State Park in nearly 80 years to get a new inn. Gov. Mike Pence has proposed building a $25 million lodge to be called the Bicentennial Inn at the property in North Liberty. It will be named for Indiana’s 200th birthday coming […]

Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the General Assembly’s session ended last month, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders insisted that the controversy over the religious freedom restoration act was over. But the state’s jobs agency must not think so. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is paying $750,000 to a New York public relations […]

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Pence says RFRA debacle is in the past

House could take up anti-discrimination language By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s confident the state is past the worst of the uproar over the passage of a religious freedom bill that critics say authorized discrimination against people who are gay or lesbians. Indiana became the focus of national attention when […]

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Nice weather boosts attendance at state parks, other tourist spots

By Seth Morin and Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Warm sunny days following a particularly harsh winter have led to increased attendance at state parks, private campgrounds and other tourist destinations across Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports that attendance at state properties from January through June is up about 8 percent over […]

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State tourism group changes name, selects new executive director

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana’s tourism trade group has undergone some changes – including a new name, executive director and plan for bringing more tourism business to the state. What was known as the Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus is now the Indiana Tourism Association. The group plans to grow its membership […]


IN Convention and Visitors Bureaus names new executive director

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Carrie Lambert was named the new executive director of the Association of Indiana Convention & Visitors Bureaus (AICVB) Tuesday. Lambert previously served as marketing director for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, and had various roles with Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, as well as the Indiana chapter of […]

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