IndyFurCon outgrows hotel six months before launch
Most new furry conventions strike an uneasy balance with growth. Furry Connection North found it had to move immediately after its first year. But IndyFurCon has gone one better, claiming to have outgrown its hotel half a year before launch.
After research due to high demand for the event, we have concluded that our current venue is unable to provide adequate space and accommodations for the convention. [...] The Hilton Indianapolis North will be taking over as our venue for IndyFurCon 2010.
According to Drittauge, the change benefits both members and the convention, providing greater space and facilities and saving Whoozfur thousands. The central location reportedly also offers better access to mass transit and nearby restaurants.
The price of rooms in the convention hotel will remain the same, at $94/night. Reservations will not be automatically transferred, though those made at the Hilton Garden Inn Fishers will be canceled. Those at the cheaper Holiday Inn will have to cancel their reservations themselves. Rooms at the new hotel are to become available later this week.
IndyFurCon is using the concept of lifetime memberships — only available in the first year — which initially act as a Supersponsor membership, then (for gold or silver levels) as a Supersponsor or sponsor membership for three years after that, and as a regular membership in future years.