Whether it is the excitement of a Pacers game, our great food or a family carriage ride around Monument Circle, we want you to know that we are dedicated to making your downtown visit special.
We are the people who greet you at the door of your favorite hotel. We whip up the delicious meals. We turn your bed down and offer you the spa experience you have always dreamed of. We are the people who make your visit memorable and who inspire you to come back again
A transparent and collaborative effort to determine whatʼs best for Indianapolisʼ hospitality market
A significant and meaningful expansion of the convention center
A solution to create more demand for visitors in the city
The Mayor’s plan to divert taxpayer money to flood downtown Indianapolis with 1,414 new rooms without SUBSTANTIAL AND MEANINGFUL increased demand will have negative impacts on the hospitality market. This is in addition to 1,327 new hotel rooms already slated to open in downtown Indianapolis in the next two to three years. The reckless flood of new hotel rooms in less than five years will diminish the vibrancy of downtown hotels, cause layoffs of hospitality workers, and lead to a decline in hotel service, reinvestment, and quality.
Taxpayer dollars are being diverted to subsidize luxury hotels at a time when the murder rate is rising, and potholes and streets go unfixed.
An independent study conducted by internationally renowned LW Hospitality Advisors concludes that the downtown Indianapolis economy cannot absorb a 38 percent increase in new hotel rooms in less than five years. Such a reckless expansion would cause the downtown economy to falter. Hospitality workers would be laid off. Tax revenue from innkeepers’ taxes and income taxes from downtown workers will decline. Hotel services and quality would suffer. Everyone would lose. Read more in the full study.
The economic vitality of our downtown is built upon the shoulders of our hospitality industry. Thousands of Hoosiers from all over Central Indiana come to work each day with one purpose in mind: to make downtown Indianapolis a model of Hoosier hospitality for all to experience and enjoy. But the downtown that has been so successful for decades is at risk of diminishing into mediocrity.
The hospitality industry will go into a recession and hospitality employees will be laid off. Service will suffer. Income tax revenue gleaned from the hard work of dedicated hospitality employees will disappear. Because funding for downtown development is dependent on taxing the hotels and workers, the money to maintain a vibrant, clean, up-to-date downtown will also diminish. Our entire downtown economy will be damaged. Hoosier families will lose their livelihood. It does not have to be this way.
Instead of focusing Indianapolis taxpayer dollars on fixing our roads, investing in public safety and helping the homeless, the current plan will divert local income taxes to pay for new luxury hotels that simply aren’t needed. Downtown’s hospitality industry will suffer. Your streets will continue to crumble. Your safety may be at greater risk. Let’s make sure the Mayor understands we do not want to prioritize luxury over addressing fundamental issues facing all Indianapolis residents.
We have met with the Mayor and state elected officials. Now we are asking you to tell Mayor Hogsett to stop diverting taxes to this reckless expansion and focus on the immediate issues in our city.