Moose International has selected Milwaukee as the host city for its 2013 International Convention. The convention is expected to bring more than 7,000 delegates to the city, take up as many as 18,000 room nights and pump approximately $9 million into the local economy.
"The community came together in a big way to win this significant convention for Milwaukee," said Brent Foerster, vice president of sales and marketing for VISIT Milwaukee. "This group will occupy hotels, dine in restaurants and spend significant dollars throughout the greater Milwaukee area."
Moose International (http://www.mooseintl.org/) comprising the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose, is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888 with nearly 1.1 million men and women in roughly 1,800 Lodges and 1,600 Chapters throughout North America, including four Canadian provinces as well as Great Britain and Bermuda.
William B. Airey, director general and chief executive officer of Moose International, said Milwaukee will make an ideal destination for its 2013 convention. "There are a lot of factors that go into our site selection decision," said Airey. "We were impressed by the community's desire to host us and the overall quality of the city's hospitality community. We're very excited about bringing our members to Milwaukee, for what will be the first time since 1944."
The Moose organization supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City and School, a 1,000-acre community for children in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community for its members near Jacksonville, Fla. Additionally, Moose Lodges and Chapters contribute approximately $75 million worth of community service (monetary and in-kind) annually. The 2013 convention will mark the 100th anniversary of Mooseheart; on one day of the six-day meeting, members will make the 100-mile trek south to the campus for festivities, then will return to Milwaukee the same evening.
"In the past 100 years, Moose International has been a model organization through its significant work with children, schools and communities, and I believe it deserves an anniversary celebration that will be remembered for another 100 years to come," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "Milwaukee is the perfect choice for a celebration of this magnitude!"
Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines is a member of the VISIT Milwaukee executive board and participated in a recent site visit by Moose officials that helped close the deal.
"This is a group of people who have a history of doing good deeds and working to improve communities throughout the country and the world," said Hines. "Like all groups who select to convene in Milwaukee, they will come to experience our warm brand of hospitality and world-class attractions that make us a great visitor destination."
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally and is dedicated to ensuring our guests are warmly welcomed and enjoy an enriching experience in this jewel of the Great Lakes. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 620 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.7 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2008 and supported about 66,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Midwest Airlines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/.