Visit Indy’s SVP of Sales on Why Faith Groups Matter

By Kelsey Ogletree, July 18, 2017

Visit Indy Indianapolis Daren KingiIndy has long been a favorite convention city for faith-based groups. With its Indiana Convention Center connected to more downtown hotel rooms than any other city in the nation, high walkability scores and affordable rates, it’s no surprise it’s been named the top convention city in the country by USA Today.

Not one to rest on its laurels, Visit Indy is always looking for ways to attract new religious events. Daren Kingi, senior vice president of sales at the CVB, shares a few ways they’re doing this.

How does Visit Indy value faith-based groups?

As a city, it’s a very important segment to us. Faith-based groups tend to meet over holidays and weekends, and we’re able to give them what I call a first-tier city experience at an affordable price. As other cities’ rates go way up, we become more practical.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is holding its 2020 General Conference in Indy. What can you share about that event?

It was secured many years ago (their booking window is five to seven years) and is expected to draw 65,000 people. Many Seventh-day Adventists are vegetarians. Centerplate, the official caterer at our convention center, is working on creating a full vegetarian menu with no animal byproducts like lard, etc., to make sure we can fully meet their needs. Each time the planners are in Indy, they try new menu items.

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