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World’s largest celebration of the Irish culture

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It’s been called the world’s largest celebration of Irish culture, food and music and it takes place right across the big lake. August 14-17 they’re celebrating Irish Fest in downtown Milwaukee.

Want to Experience Peace? Go Kayaking #visitmke

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I’m finding it quite odd that most of the things that are on my short list of things to get my adrenaline going, I usually end up doing because of this blog. Not because I plan for it, but because one day, someone emails me and says, “Hey, you want to go kayaking?” and before my conservative side can kick in, I reply with a resounding “YES,” and just like that, I’ve signed up to traverse a river in nothing but a plastic kayak, and the guidance of someone who has done this before. That’s how I found myself at the riverbank at the Milwaukee Kayak Company.

10Best: Bookstores around the USA

Thursday, July 24, 2014

While it's not especially big or old and there are no in-store events, it seemed crucial to include Renaissance due to its location inside Milwaukee's international airport.

18 Pizza Joints You Must Try Before You Die

Monday, July 21, 2014

18.Ian’s Pizza — Madison, Wis.; Milwaukee; Denver

Five Great Reasons to Visit Milwaukee

Monday, July 14, 2014

When you need a weekend away from the windy city, pack up your car or book an Amtrak up north to Brew City.

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News Releases

VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


For more information contact:

Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

MILWAUKEE— (August 19, 2014) – Marco Bloemendaal will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as senior vice president of sales effective Sept. 8. In his position, Bloemendaal will direct the VISIT Milwaukee sales and service teams in their efforts to attract national and regional conventions, as well as provide superior service to conventions when they arrive in Milwaukee.

“Marco Bloemendaal’s extensive sales leadership experience in hotels, major meetings and leisure destinations and secondary markets will be very helpful to our efforts to sell Milwaukee in today’s competitive market,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “We are excited to welcome Marco to Milwaukee.”

Bloemendaal is currently senior vice president of convention sales and services for VISIT Seattle. He also spent five years as director of convention sales at Experience Columbus and four years as senior national sales executive at the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A native of the Netherlands, Marco spent eight years in both hotel operations and sales in Amsterdam, including two years as director of international sales, North America for more than 60 hotel properties in Europe, where his major accounts were located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, 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

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