Earning USA Today’s No. 1 convention city ranking was the result of decades of planning, billions in infrastruc- ture investment and a strategic vision for what makes
a city an ideal meeting and convention destination.
As the hometown of David Letterman, here is a top 10 list
of reasons why Indianapolis shattered convention booking
records in 2014.
10. Unmatched Connectivity
Only in Indy do more hotel rooms connect to the convention
center via climate-controlled skywalks than in any other U.S.
city. More than 4,700 of downtown’s 7,100 rooms connect
by skywalk to 749,000 square feet of exhibit space in the
Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium.
9. A Reputation Built on Hospitality
Indianapolis has earned a reputation for exceptional customer service. Friendly faces, warm welcomes and attention
to detail comes standard here.
8. Polished Infrastructure
Hotels have invested $70 million in renovations, with
another $130 million in the pipeline. $3 billion in tourism
infrastructure has resulted in an expanded Indiana Convention Center, Super Bowl stadium, the nation’s ;irst LEED-cer-ti;ied airport and a 1,005-room headquarters JW Marriott.
7. Convenience is Key
Known as the Crossroads of America, Indy is within a day’s
drive of half of the U.S. population, helping drive attendance.
6. No. 1 Airport
With 1,000 weekly ;lights from 41 nonstop destinations into
the Airports Council International’s “Best Airport in North
America,” getting to Indy is easy. Indianapolis International
Airport is only 15 minutes from the central business district,
with a direct shuttle between IND and downtown hotels.
5. Business is Strong
Indy’s convention and event business is up 87 percent over
the past 10 years, and the city celebrated record-breaking
convention bookings in 2014.
4. The Streets Roll Out, Not Up, at 5 pm
With so many craft breweries, happy hour hotspots and
award-winning chefs in walking distance, networking happens easily.
3. Innovation is at Home Here
There’s no better place to discover innovations in the ;ield
than a city building the nation’s largest all-electric car share,
boasting two of the largest solar farms in the world and
home to global companies like Lilly, Roche, Cummins, Sales-force Marketing Cloud and Interactive Intelligence.
2. Only in Indy Experiences
The racing capital of the world, NCAA headquarters, the
original LOVE sculpture and the world’s largest children’s
museum can only be experienced in Indy.
1. Attendees Love Us
Year-over-year attendance growth at Indy’s annual conventions demonstrates the city’s ability to positively impact and
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Daren Kingi, Senior Vice President of Sales