Indy’s momentum has gotten the attention of national media from Condé Nast Traveler to Food & Wine, and earned the city USA Today’s “#1 Convention City in the U.S.” honors. Numerous major developments have the city continuously evolving and moving forward.
Hilton chose Indy as one of only three cities to launch its new meeting-centric Signia brand. This new property will stand 42 stories tall, offer 814 rooms, and include a top-level bar with skyline views. An expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, including a 50,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 130,000-sq.ft. of flexible space, will connect the hotel to the center’s South Campus, creating an unrivaled convention package. The project is anticipated to open in 2024.
Another 600-room Hilton property is slated to be developed on an adjacent parcel, also connected to the center. With these additions, Indy will boast 14 properties and 6,100+ rooms connected by climate-controlled skywalks to the convention center, more than any U.S. city.
In addition, Indy has another 1,800 downtown hotel rooms in the pipeline that will bring the number of hotel rooms in walking distance of the center to more than 10,000. Indy already touts the most hotels and hotel rooms connected by enclosed skywalks into a center in the U.S., and this expansion will boost those numbers to 14 properties and 6,100+ hotel rooms all under one roof.
Indy’s new Bottleworks District will include the 146-room boutique Bottleworks Hotel that will occupy the top two floors of a historic bottling works building. The hotel will also include a restaurants and rooftop bar. Slated to open Fall 2020, this development transforming the north end of trendy Mass Ave will also include The Garage marketplace featuring local craft food and beverage vendors. An Art Deco landmark that once served as the largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in the world is the foundation for the project.
Innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of tech, life science, and engineering are leveraging their brain power together in Indy’s new urban innovation district, 16 Tech. The region’s top-ranking research universities and global corporations add to the creative energy and collaborative spirit, including:
Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
A national design firm has been charged with activating more than 58 miles of the White River that flows through the heart of the city, connecting more than 60 points of interest and creating recreation opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
Monument Circle, the iconic heart of the city, now is equipped with state-of-the-art light and audio technology and features a must-see, nightly patriotic salute entitled Shining A Light. For event strategists, the technology can be adapted to provide a unique experience for attendees. Imagine animation, video, and music working together to envelop attendees in a dazzling conference experience.
Uplift in Airlift
The country’s best airport now boasts record airlift, with nonstop connections to 53 destinations. A new Delta Indy-to-Paris route means easy connections to and from 70+ destinations in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.
Indy will continue the momentum of additional flights by hosting Routes Americas 2020 and welcoming route decision makers from all major carriers serving North America.
More Free Wifi
The Indiana Convention Center now offers free WiFi service in the facility’s public areas, including the existing food courts and lobbies A through K. The new, free WiFi service provides guests attending events the ability to check email or surf the web in the public areas of ICC, outside of the exhibit floor, meeting rooms, and ballrooms, where attendees tend to congregate and get online most.