The Indianapolis meetings package continues to evolve with new developments to excite planners and attendees alike. Below is a sampling of what's on the horizon.
Development is Booming
More than $100 million in hotel developments are in the pipeline, slated to add an additional 1,100 rooms downtown. Boutique, art-inspired, modern, and extended-stay suites are all in the mix. Downtown's Market East district is investing $225 million in retail, office, and residential offerings - including the 28-story 360 Market Square and the new Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters (pictured above). And with demand high for condos and apartments, more than 3,000 additional units are currently underway.
New Flights are Taking Off
The Indianapolis International Airport
is consistently named the best in America, and new nonstops are making it easier than ever to reach Indy. IND has added 37 new flights and 15 destinations since 2014, including San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Austin, Phoenix, and Paris.
GM Stamping Plant
A 100-acre site adjacent to downtown Indy, White River State Park
, and the White River is slated to redevelop into a $550 multi-purpose neighborhood featuring retail, residential, hotels, entertainment, and waterfront access.
MPI WEC is Coming to Indy
Next June 2-5, Indy will roll out the red carpet for Meeting Professionals International's 2018 World Education Congress
. More than 2,000 meeting decision makers, primarily representing corporate meetings, from around the globe will be welcomed with a concert and opening celebration in White River State Park in the heart of the city's convention district.
Our Food Scene is Taking Off
More than 30 new local restaurants opened in 2016, and more are anxiously anticipated in 2017, with chef-driven menus capitalizing on the area's rich agriculture. Top food critics got a taste, to rave reviews. Condé Nast
claimed Indy the "Most Underrated Food City in the U.S." and Zagat named it "One of the Hottest Food Cities of 2016." Milktooth
's hip brunch spot made Condé Nast
's "Best Restaurants in the World" and Eater's "Best Restaurants in America" lists. More recent press include dining recommendations from Forbes
, recognition of local restauranteur Martha Hoover by Fortune
, and "8 Can't Miss Restaurants" according to FoodRepublic
New Attractions are Opening
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
has broken ground on a new $35 million Sports Legends Experience that will utilize Indy's rich sports history to encourage kids to be active. The Indianapolis Zoo
opened the dramatic new Bicentennial Pavilion (pictured above), 40,000-square-foot structure, available for private rental. In line with the zoo's conservation efforts, sustainability and responsible event design come naturally for this new space.
Expanding Arts Scene
will celebrate its 10th year bringing Broadway stars to Indy with the opening of its glamorous new performance space, a perfect setting for their star-studded lineup and private events. Indy's Phoenix Theatre
is getting new wings after more than three decades of thought-provoking performances. As part of a new Performing Arts Collective, Phoenix Theatre will have three times the space, telling of the city's growing arts scene.