Interesting Graphic on Columbus & Indy Tourism
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February 13, 2010 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #80254
The Indianapolis Business Journal did a few articles on the convention business this week, and they included a sidebar with a quick comparison between Indy and Columbus:
Obviously to be taken with a grain of salt, but interesting I thought. Columbus has more space and visitors, Indy more booked room nights and restaurants. I assume the difference in the length of the amenity list is simply the Indy folks’ greater familiarity with their own products. (My own impression is that Indy does have a better and stronger downtown, but Columbus a much better urban core overall).February 13, 2010 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #346078
One thing made all the difference: Ohio State FootballFebruary 13, 2010 4:02 pm at 4:02 pm #346079
Yep, people come for OSU football and most leave after the game.
Regardless, even the article questions the numbers given. Generally I think ‘<name the city> Business Journals’ are not worth the glossy paper they are printed on.February 13, 2010 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #346080
Strange that they left out our Ohio, Palace, and Southern Theaters, and the Riffe Center. Can’t see any simple conclusions to draw from this other than the Buckeye theory above.February 13, 2010 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #346081
they forgot the Moparnationals in August,which brings over 100,000 people to the Columbus area in 2 days.
even though a lot of people get rooms in the sticks near the dragstrip where the main event is,rooms in Columbus are non existent on that weekend.
thanks to the idiots in Heath installing speeding cameras,look for more business for Columbus proper,because the organizers of the meet have boycotted Heath.February 13, 2010 5:00 pm at 5:00 pm #346082
Analogue Kid wrote >>
One thing made all the difference: Ohio State Football
OTOH, there’s the Indy 500 & the Superbowl-contender Colts… I bet it’s a wash.
Regarding the discrepancy in visitor #’s, I’m going to throw a thoroughly wild ass guess out and suggest that the folks living around Columbus are far more likely to visit us than the people who live around Indy are to visit it. Also suspect that there are far more people living within, say, a 60 mile radius of Columbus.February 14, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am #346083
With a new Hilton and several new downtown attractions coming up, we’re well on our way…February 14, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am #346084
drew wrote >>
Also suspect that there are far more people living within, say, a 60 mile radius of Columbus.
if they are 60 miles south or north,they are going to Cleveland or Cinci.February 14, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am #346085
The list of downtown attractions in Indianapolis is entirely within their downtown whereas those for Columbus include German Village, the Short North, and OSU which are all outside of Downtown. Their “cultural districts” are just like our downtown districts: Arena, Discovery, etc. I think the reasons for why our downtown has half the number of restaurants compared to theirs is due to their city being more downtown-oriented while we’re more oriented towards neighborhoods outside of downtown.February 14, 2010 5:12 am at 5:12 am #346086
I think you nailed it, Columbusite. If you visit Indy, you’re pretty much going to stay downtown or in the outerbelt/burbs, but not likely between. Whereas in Columbus you can stay in any of the little mini-cities like GV, SN, etc.
I lived in Indy from the ages of 7-18 and I daresay that Columbus wins, hands down, in terms of just about everything I consider to be cool. My totally subjective opinion!February 14, 2010 5:46 am at 5:46 am #346087
ColumbusiteMemberFebruary 14, 2010 4:30 pm at 4:30 pm #346088
We have a bigger river *G*
But we need to sell ours better.February 14, 2010 4:40 pm at 4:40 pm #346089
ehill27ParticipantFebruary 14, 2010 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #346090
alexs wrote >>
We have a bigger river *G*
But we need to sell ours better.
Yup agreed!! Columbus would do well to develop the riverside. Think of the opportunities!February 14, 2010 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #346091
The Scioto River is the nose on this city’s face. I’m working on changing the way this city relates to it. Fortunately FOSR is not alone in these efforts, but we’re fighting old perceptions and practices.
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