What’s new and noteworthy in the country’s No. 1 convention city
The city that USA Today called “the best convention city” in the country is getting even
better. In the past seven years, Indy has
invested $3 billion in building a new award-winning airport, erecting Lucas Oil Stadium,
doubling the size of the Indiana Convention
Center, and opening a 1,005-room JW Marriott headquarters hotel — and there’s even
more in the works.
Indy currently has more than $70 million
in new hotel projects in the pipeline. Down-
town, Indy’s historic Old City Hall will become
the 150-room 21c Museum Hotel in late 2017.
The contemporary, art-focused property
will include a restaurant, a lounge, meet-
ing space, and an art museum. And Conrad
Indianapolis, one of four Conrad hotels in the
United States, just debuted an entire floor of
art-inspired suites. Known as The Collection,
In September, Bolloré Group launched the
nation’s largest all-electric car share in Indy,
BlueIndy. Based on Paris’ highly successful
Autolib’ model, BlueIndy offers a convenient
way for visitors to access vehicles for short
trips without the typical hassles of renting a
car. Visitors will find stations throughout the
city, including at hotels, the Indiana Conven-
tion Center, and the airport.
The program is just one more example
of how Indy is making its long-term public
transit and electric-vehicle strategy a priority.
Other examples include the city’s bike-share
program, which is expanding after just one
year of operation; the city’s new fleet of 21
electric city buses, the most in the country;
and the addition of more than 70 miles of
bike lanes. In 2016, the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway will celebrate the 100th running of
the Indy 500, and the facility is investing $30
million in upgrades to prepare for the event.
Since 2014, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) — just 15 minutes from the city’s
central business district — has added 19 new
airlines and destinations (the most in more
than a decade) for a total of 41 nonstop destinations. It’s also home to the fastest free
Wi-Fi of any airport in the country. So it’s no
wonder why Airports Council International
named the airport the best in North America
for three years running.
For more information: Visit Indy —
Daren Kingi, Senior Vice President of Sales;
(317) 262-8211; Twitter: @darenk;
Stay here The new 21c Museum Hotel will anchor a $225-million
redevelopment of Indy’s Market East district.
Well connected Indy has more hotels and hotel rooms connected by
an enclosed skywalk system than any other U. S. city.