Major Meeting Venues: Indiana

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Less than 1 mile from Evansville Regional Airport and near Casino Aztar, Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest and largest zoos in Indiana; complimentary hot daily breakfast; 199 guest rooms; 8,358 sq. Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana.

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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Indiana Pacers Bikeshare. The largest cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. Thanks to Indianapolis 500 Speedway, the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts, it’s also the most well-known city outside of Indiana.

Modern Convention Centers Becoming a Dire Necessity

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Likewise, last week Indianapolis announced a $120 million renovation for Indiana Convention Center, adding a 50,000-square-foot ballroom—the state’s largest—and two more connected hotel towers for a total of 1,400 additional guest rooms. Indiana Convention Center Proposed Expansion.

Site Selection: Where to Throw a Multisensory Event

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Indianapolis Airport Authority and Downtown Indy recently partnered with local audio marketing technology company Vibenomics to create Project High Note, custom welcome announcements at the airport and for those walking along Georgia Street, adjacent to Indiana Convention Center.

How to Master On-Campus Meetings at Top University Venues

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University of Norte Dame, Indiana. Universities offer a wealth of knowledge in the form of experts who can serve as keynotes, present research and contribute to roundtable discussions. But did you know many also offer prime meeting spaces?

Keep Meetings Caffeinated: 3 Coffee-Forward Destinations to Wake Up Your Event

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Photo credit: Visit Indy. Rise and shine, weekenders! This Saturday, Sept. 29, is International Coffee Day—an unofficial day of worship for many meeting professionals.

Progress Report: Global Convention Center Outlook

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Indiana. The pause button has been pressed on the planned $72 million expansion of Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana, according to Indiana Public Media News. Jacksonville Convention Center.

WEC 2018 Wrap-Up: News Ways to Inspire & Educate Planners


Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year's World Education Conference (WEC) was one to remember! As Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) signature event, WEC aims to deliver premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. Attendee Engagement featured

Latin America Comes Alive at Livery in Indianapolis

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Looking to spice up your visit to Indianapolis, Indiana? At Livery restaurant in Indianapolis, guests can dine inside or on the rooftop. Visit Indy photo).

South Bend Invests in Meetings

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South Bend, Indiana, is not the first city that comes to mind as a major event destination. Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Hilton Garden Inn South Bend.

Event safety tips from a meteorologist

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Kloesel cites one of the most notable stage collapses, which happened at the Indiana State Fair during a Sugarland concert as an example of why meeting professionals should work with meteorologist when planning outdoor events. Winter is coming.

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7 Huge Event Planning Trends Spotted at MPI WEC 2018


Entertainment included Indiana Pacers cheerleaders, visits to Lucas Oil football stadium and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack, photos ops in race cars, and more. Professionals often attend industry events to improve their craft and network with peers.

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How to Plan a Zero-Waste Event (and Steps to Getting There)

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The event brought together Indy’s top chefs and drink mixologists to raise money to fight hunger in central Indiana. Honoring @SecondHelpings at #CorksAndForks — an amazing organization providing hunger relief in central #Indiana @rtv6

4 Cities That Will Change Your Perception of the Midwest

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From James Beard-nominated chefs in Ferndale, Michigan, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to historic theaters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Hutchinson, Kansas, the culture and entertainment options of some of its smaller cities are challenging preconceived notions of Midwestern life and putting to rest the notion that this part of America is “flyover country.”.

Favorite Meeting Venues in the Central U.S.

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Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis hosts major conferences every year and it’s easy to see why. Your favorite venues in the central U.S. represent some of the best facilities in the country. Congratulations to all involved for ensuring the events business continues to grow. Below, see what you and your peers selected as prime locations to do business. Convention Centers.

The Shows Must Go On

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Every summer, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) brings together thousands of them — mostly middle- and high-school students — at the festival, which was launched at Indiana University in 1941 and has been held at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln since 1995. “It’s

MPI = Meeting Professionals in Indy

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This year, MPI WEC introduced WEC Villages, where nearly all of the educational sessions took place on the Indiana Convention Center show floor. MPI pep rally band.

Women in Leadership: Karen Mangia


From choosing to live in Indiana to spend time with my 94-year-old grandfather instead of moving to Silicon Valley to buying a house three doors down from my friends to the time I block on my calendar every single Friday to stay in touch with people, I prioritize relationships.

8 March Madness-Inspired Meeting Destinations

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Inside, artwork and memorabilia showcase the history of the hometown team, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Downtown fixtures such as Monument Circle, Indiana State Capitol and Indiana Convention Center are located nearby.

Getting Personal at Grand Wayne Convention Center

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Meeting experiences are becoming grander at Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, thanks to Guest Experience Manager Marissa Best, who stepped into her newly created role in May. The idea for the position was born when convention center staff and board members were reviewing post-event surveys and contemplating where to go next. Great service is the expectation these days; it’s not a differentiator,” says Bart Shaw, executive director of the convention center.

Akron Leverages Location

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Akron Civic Theatre. It’s shaping up to be a very good year for Akron. Ohio ’s fifth largest city grew to prominence as a 20th-century tire-and-rubber empire (Goodyear still has its headquarters there).

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Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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French Lick Resort , Indiana. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. There’s definitely a meetings and events correlation among the top 10 historic hotels in the 2016 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Tony Lorenz on Owning Results

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EDUCATION I received my bachelor of science degree in accounting at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. Tony Lorenz, CEO of AlliedPRA. I continued my studies at Harvard Business School’s OPM program, a three-year course for owners and presidents of private companies. .

Inside the DMO-Convention Center Relationship

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Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops is proud of the relationship his team has fostered with their counterparts at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium. When it comes to hosting in a new city, meeting planners are on a mission to execute a successful event with minimal stress.

How Meetings Benefit from Sporting Events

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The event will also utilize the Indiana Convention Center for a fan fest. The city is anticipating that the game and festivities surrounding it will bring in more than $150 million and 100,000 visitors to Central Indiana. Are you ready for some…meetings?

3 Unique Fundraising Event Ideas for Non-Profits and Associations

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Think about this: you’re running a themed race Indiana Jones style with a treasure (grand prize) at the end all while the bad guys are trying to beat you there. Having a tough time coming up with fundraising event ideas? Don’t be afraid to be weird.

4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

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He began in the hospitality industry at the age of 14, when he worked at his local country club in Indiana. Dana Orlando . Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Orlando will lead the operation of the historic downtown hotel located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her previous roles include director of sales group and catering at Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and hotel manager at Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah.

3 Alternatives to Travel Ban Wars Planners Need to Know

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The measures launched against states such as North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arizona have brought negative and positive publicity—and mixed results.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Indy, Le Pavillon Hotel, Kimpton Solamar & More

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She’s been with Visit Indy since graduating from Indiana University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in tourism management. Krysten Douglas Visit Indy has promoted Krysten Douglas to senior sales manager, D.C. market. Douglas will work closely with organizations in D.C.,

New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design

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CMP, associate professor and chair of Indiana University’s School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. “At the end of the day,” according to Janet Sperstad, CMP, “we’re all human.” ” .

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WEC

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Visit Indy will be hosting WEC 2018 June 2 through 5, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

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How Will New Travel Policies Affect International Meetings and Events?

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The closest thing we can compare the situation to is what happened in North Carolina and Indiana [after the states dealt with perception challenges from legislation that many perceived as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community].

8 Conventions You Won’t Want to Miss this Year

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June 2–5, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. One of the signature aspects of the meetings industry is the many inspiring, educational and fun annual conferences scheduled throughout the year.

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Weather planning for the perfect outdoor event

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For example, if there is an event in Indiana, there are normally weather indications days before severe weather hits, making it easier to predict and prepare. The tents and tables are up, catering is set, all the details have been checked off the list.

6 Things to Do Now for a Better Wedding Season


Staying ahead of the game is the main way we stay prepared,” says Amanda Mentz, the banquet and sales manager for Tippecanoe Place Restaurant in South Bend, Indiana. “[We

Travel Industry Reacts to Trump Victory

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Similar flight restrictions over Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Indiana residence are also in effect. After Donald Trump’s historic presidential election win, reactions ranging from positive to cautiously optimistic have been coming in from around the travel industry.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Indiana. Call it what you want— weed , grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane, that sticky icky. Marijuana has been a hot social and political topic for quite some time now. Yet, as a meeting or event planner , it’s not likely in the forefront of your mind.

Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings and tourism destination. Columbus is the state capitol. Cincinnati is famous for its big river, baseball and beer.

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Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Akron. Clarion Inn & Conference Center.

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Goodbye, DMAI. Hello, Destinations International.

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Supported by a PCMA Education Foundation grant, the report looks at the impact of travel boycotts in North Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and whether or not they were effective.

Best in Show: Class of 2017

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A side note — the Indiana Convention Center services team embodies so many of these same qualities,” DeBolt wrote. “It’s From the first month, Roberta Tisdul and the entire team at the Indiana Convention Center ushered me in and got down to business.

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Five Trade Shows and How They Grew

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ASHE 2017, scheduled for the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Aug. More than 6,000 attendees and 330 exhibitors are expected across 190,000 square feet at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Jan. These are interesting times for trade shows.

These Destinations Are Using Virtual Reality to Put You in Their Place

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Virtual reality is a bit like the classic video game Pong. Today’s clunky VR headsets and grainy videos may seem crude in 20 years, but at the moment it’s revolutionary technology — and it’s really fun.