INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis is in the spotlight again by being featured in the travel section of the New York Times.
The article highlights 52 places people should visit in 2014. Indianapolis made the list. It was #34.
“To score ink on the pages of the New York Times is a huge win for the city,” Chris Gahl with Visit Indy said.
Indianapolis was featured in the article because of its cultural trail. The cultural trail was a $63 million project. The trail is 8 miles long and connects 5 neighborhoods.
“Little ‘ol Indianapolis (is) 1 of only 8 U.S. cities and places to make that list (and that is) an incredible honor,” Gahl said.
Gahl said he hopes many people will read the article that are looking for a place to travel to this year.
“Kick-starting the year with coverage like this is very valuable. Hopefully conusmers will mark their calenders and say ‘I’m going to go to here, there, and Indianapolis’,” Gahl said.
The trail is designed to accomodate walkers, runners, and bikers. People can rent bicycles near the White River State Park when it is warmer. That is a featured highlighted in the article.
FOX 59 learned, on top of this buzz, the city is working on a new bike sharing program. It is scheduled to begin in May. There will be more than 20 kiosks around Indianapolis where people can rent/return bicycles that they use on the cultural trail. The kioks will be open year round.
Gahl said overall we get 26 million visitors that generate $4.4 billion in economic impact a year.
“Indianapolis is often considered an underdog. We’ve worked collectively as a community (more than) 30 plus years to fight the stereotype and prove that seeing is believing. So I think you’ll see readers scratch their heads and say ‘Indianapolis’, but it could be in a positive way and (I hope they) dive a little deeper. (Hopefully people will say), why would the New York Times want to pay this time and attention to a place like Indianapolis,” Gahl said.