Tourism in Indianapolis

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Tourism in Indianapolis is a vital sector of the local economy. According to Visit Indy, 28.8 million visitors generated $5.4 billion in 2017, the seventh straight year of record growth.[1] In 2015, the hospitality and tourism industry employed 77,800 people in the region.[2]

Indianapolis has long been a sports tourism destination, but has more recently relied on conventions.[3] The Indiana Convention Center (ICC) and Lucas Oil Stadium are considered mega convention center facilities, with a combined 750,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of exhibition space.[4] ICC is connected to 12 hotels and 4,700 hotel rooms, the most of any U.S. convention center.[5] In 2008, the facility hosted 42 national conventions with an attendance of 317,815; in 2014, it hosted 106 for an attendance of 635,701.[3] Since 2003, Indianapolis has hosted Gen Con, one of the largest gaming conventions in North America.[6]



Auto racing[edit]

The Indianapolis 500 is known as the world's largest sporting event.



The Indiana State Fair in 2015.

Performing arts, music, and film[edit]


Dedicated in 1902, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument has become the city's de facto symbol.


"Bucky," a juvenile Tyrannosaurus specimen at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The museum is the largest of its kind in the world.[7]

Outdoor attractions[edit]


Shopping and dining[edit]



Performing arts[edit]



  1. ^ Shuey, Mickey (January 23, 2019). "Visit Indy reports seventh straight year of rising visitor spending". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Bartner, Amy (January 24, 2017). "Visit Indy touts 4th year of record tourism". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Schoettle, Anthony (September 25, 2015). "Expand the Indiana Convention Center again?". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "350 Big Changes at Nation's Biggest Convention Centers" (PDF). Trade Show Executive. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Connected Hotels in Indianapolis". Visit Indy. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "Gen Con LLC – Gen Con Attributes Record-Breaking 2014 Numbers to Growing Partnership between Gamers and Indianapolis Community".
  7. ^ "About Children's Museums". Association of Children's Museums. Archived from the original on June 13, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Bodenhamer, David. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana University Press, 1994) pg.1026, 1027
  9. ^ "Downtown Indy". DowntownIndy. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2014.