Partners have many opportunities to promote themselves in VISIT Milwaukee publications, co-op marketing and advertising pieces, or sponsorship of VISIT Milwaukee activities and events.
Business referrals and leads
VISIT Milwaukee refers and utilizes only the services of its partnership. Advertising, sales, and marketing will be reflective of those businesses that support the organization as partners.
Tourism-related partners gain additional exposure through daily events presented on the Greater Milwaukee hold line.
For conventions of 1,000 or more delegates, VISIT Milwaukee Visitor Information staff is equipped with a complimentary Restaurant Reservation Service featuring all partner restaurants.
VISIT Milwaukee coordinates affordable educational seminars of value in which partners are advised how to better reach the visitor and convention markets.
Internet Based Housing
The Internet-based housing (convention and leisure) reservation system, allows both meeting planners and hotels instant a ccess to inventory reports, attendee information, and more. There is no fee to participate, however, a per reservation fee for convention housing or a commission for leisure housing will be assessed to the hotel.
Master Convention Calendar
This much-coveted confidential calendar lists trade shows, conventions, and other meetings scheduled in the Greater Milwaukee area and available only to current VISIT Milwaukee partners. It provides key contact information and gives the size and scope of the meeting. It is available on our website (http://www.visitmilwaukee.org) in the partners-only section.
These social gatherings provide partners the opportunity to network with one another and key VISIT Milwaukee staff. Annual events include the Annual Meeting, Spring Showcase and Golf Outing.
Milwaukee Film Office
VISIT Milwaukee's public relations department works with Film Wisconsin to promote and attract film directors and producers to utilize Greater Milwaukee locations as film sites. In turn, VISIT Milwaukee refers its partners to film crews to provide necessary services when filming in Milwaukee.
Monthly Convention Calendar - "Who's In Town"
This calendar is used to communicate to VISIT Milwaukee partner employees what conventions are in town each month, as well as the demographics of the delegates and the economic impact they have on our city.
Motorcoach/Group Tour Leads
Names and addresses of tour operators/planners who have indicated an interest in the Greater Milwaukee area are forwarded to partners on a monthly basis. Motorcoach leads will also be communicated to partners following representation at the National Tour Association and American Bus Association Marketplace Annual Conventions.
VISIT Milwaukee regularly takes its "show on the road" to exhibit at national trade shows and conferences to promote Greater Milwaukee to meeting planners, motorcoach operators and travel writers. Partners have the opportunity to reach meeting planners though participation with VISIT Milwaukee convention sales staff at national industry trade shows and sales missions.
New Partner Orientation & Refresher Course
New partners and new employees of current partners are invited to meet with VISIT Milwaukee staff and learn how each department works to promote partner businesses to meeting planners, group tour planners, and visitors.
Press Tours/Travel Writers
VISIT Milwaukee public relations department conducts several press tours every year and sets up individual familiarization tours for the press upon request. Through a cooperative effort between VISIT Milwaukee and its partners, freelance writers and travel editors are given a comprehensive tour of Greater Milwaukee. This in-depth look at Greater Milwaukee allows writers to highlight Milwaukee's assets in their local markets.
Specialized Mailing Lists
Partners may request any of several mailing lists currently available through our computer system. We maintain updated lists for the local media, National Tour Association, American Bus Association, trade media, VISIT Milwaukee partners and "tourism partners" (people who own or operate tourism-related businesses). These lists may be used by partners as a resource for promotional opportunities.
Visitor Information Centers
VISIT Milwaukee operates a full-time visitor information center and staffs a visitor information call center. The visitor information center is located at the Delta Center. The call center is located in the VISIT Milwaukee corporate offices. Visitor information staff distribute partner literature and offer tourism-related suggestions and recommendations to travelers.
Partners receive VISIT Milwaukee decals to alert visitors and convention delegates of their association with our organization.
VISIT Milwaukee partners receive a free listing on the VISIT Milwaukee website. Basic listings will include location information, a short description, live email link and display of website address. Enhanced Web Listings, Banner Advertising and other Sponsorship Opportunities are available to VISIT Milwaukee partners and qualified marketing partners. In 2012 there were nearly 500,000 unique visitors to the site.