Families and Friends
Visiting friends and relatives (VFR) is the primary reason for leisure travel in almost all destinations, including Indianapolis. People are connecting with their families and visiting friends for celebrations, reunions, holiday-activities, and personal reasons. While visiting, they may partake in attractions, festivals, museums, performances, dining, recreation, sports, and sightseeing options.
Indy’s Arts, Attractions, and Cultural Offerings
Indy’s distinctive portfolio of arts, heritage, cultural, and dining offerings is outstanding. The world’s largest Children’s Museum, the extraordinary art-campus found at Newfields, the world-renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, amazing events such as the International Violin Competition, American Pianists Association Awards, and Heartland Film Festival, legendary residents and the stories of Madam CJ Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, and Benjamin Harrison, craft beer, wine, and spirits, intriguing neighborhoods, and a culinary scene recognized as one of the hottest in the USA, make any visit to Indy memorable.
Conventions and Meetings
Indianapolis is a strong convention and meetings destination considered by many as “boxing above its weight class.” In the convention market, we continue to compete directly with major cities such as Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, among others, for large conventions, trade shows, and events. The recently announced expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and two major hotels on Pan Am Plaza position Indy for continued growth in this highly competitive arena. The new hotels will expand the number of rooms connected to the Convention Center to 6,100, an advantage that no other city can claim.
Festivals and Special Events
Non-sporting events also significantly impact our community from the crowds who attend the Indiana State Fair, to those enjoying Indiana Black Expo, and the talented youth who participate in Music for All and Drum Corps International competitions. Across the nation festivals draw millions of attendees.