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Gen Con Re-ups for Six More Years in Indianapolis… at Least

INDIANAPOLIS – “The Gamers” are staying in Indianapolis through at least 2015. Gen Con, one of city’s biggest and most colorful annual conventions, has signed a five-year extension with the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) for 2011-15.

Billed as “the best four days in gaming,” Gen Con is in its 42nd year and has been in Indy since 2003. It generates an annual attendance of more than 28,000 with estimated visitor spending at $26.9 million. Attendees include hobby game and science fiction enthusiasts who often dress the part of their favorite characters. It also attracts more than 300 exhibitors and runs more than 5,000 events during the course of the show.

This year’s Gen Con convention takes place Aug. 13-16 and will occupy both the Indiana Convention Center and meeting space throughout downtown Indianapolis hotels. Expansion of the Indiana Convention Center by 2011 will provide Gen Con room for continued growth.

Dates for the future Gen Cons are: Aug. 4-7, 2011, Aug. 16-19, 2012, Aug. 15-18, 2013, Aug. 14-17, 2014 and July 30 – Aug. 2, 2015.

The mission of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is to advance Indianapolis tourism and economic growth. The ICVA seeks to increase the number of visitors and their financial impact, expand positive perception of Indianapolis, and positively influence the visitor experience. According to a Global Insight report, in partnership with D.K. Shifflet & Associates, 22 million visitors annually provide $3.56 billion in total annual economic impact of tourism on the Indianapolis economy resulting in 66,600 full-time equivalent employment positions in the hospitality industry.

The recent confirmation of five more Gen Con years in Indianapolis is a real boost for Indianapolis business. Hoosiers pour in from all the cities in Indiana for the fun occasion. Take a look at what happened in the 2009 Gen Con, just last month. See our directories of Indianapolis attractions and Indianapolis events for just two reasons why the Circle City is a veritbale people magnet.

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