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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Milwaukee named one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Settle, Communications Director
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230 (o)
414-477-7202 (c)

 

Milwaukee named one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2016

Feb 9, 2016 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company, released its annual list of the top 10 best places to go in the United States in 2016. Milwaukee was ranked #10.

Lonely Planet’s Best in the US 2016 list is a diverse mix of cities, regions and states across the country that are poised to shine in the year ahead – places often-overlooked, hidden gems and household names with new reasons to visit in 2016. This year, national treasure Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natchez, Mississippi, and Yellowstone National Park took the top three spots.

Now in its 6th year, Lonely Planet’s Best in the US is a handpicked list selected and ranked by the US-based editors and travel writers at Lonely Planet to point to the top 10 most exciting, intriguing and up-and-coming US destinations worth visiting in the year ahead.

“These are the places to pay attention to in 2016,” said US Destination Editor Rebecca Warren at Lonely Planet. “Whether they’ve been on the public radar for years or are only recently emerging as travel hotspots, each destination offers compelling reasons to visit this year.”

This is the second time that Milwaukee was listed as a top travel destination this year. It was named by the Boston Globe as a “hot place to travel” for 2016.

“Everyone is talking about Milwaukee. The amazing attractions, world class cuisine, stunning lakefront, unique neighborhoods, and fantastic hotels are what make it a top destination,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, the region’s destination marketing organization. “The city – and the entire region – has come into its own.”

The list is available online, with accompanying articles to each destination. Best in the US 2016 will also be featured in the second edition of the new US Lonely Planet magazine, on newsstands March 24, 2016.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

About Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel media company, providing inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has cultivated a dedicated traveler community and printed more than 130 million books in 13 different languages to most destinations on the planet. The Lonely Planet ecosystem also includes digital and mobile apps, a comprehensive ebook portfolio, 12 international magazines, an award-winning website and over 8.5 million followers on social media, including a new magazine in the US and the all-new Guides app, available January 28, 2016. Visit us at lonelyplanet.com, and join us on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), Twitter (@lonelyplanet and #lp) and Instagram (instagram.com/lonelyplanet).

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Active Shooter Training at Emergency Services Expo Jan 27

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Margaret Casey
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
414.287.4232
or
Fred Hornby, Sales & Conference Manager
WEMSA
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Office: 414.255.2774
Cell: 262.865.8663

 

30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Conference & Expo Jan 26-31

Milwaukee – January 22, 2016 – Emergency responders from across Wisconsin and Northern Illinois will face an active shooter situation on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, during the first day of sessions at the 30th Working Together Conference & Exposition held by Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA). First Responders, EMTs, firefighters and other emergency responders are being called to situations involving an active assailant with alarming frequency. During this hands-on, scenario-based simulation, 125 participants will learn how to respond to these incidents through actual experience.

The “Rescue Task Force” session will take place 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. inside a specially marked area of the Wisconsin Center. Students will use simulated weapons and will manage patients that are moulaged with realistic looking wounds and injuries. This simulation allows the participants to prepare for actual events.

Also on Wednesday, a morning session on “Mastery of Moulage” will train participants in creating, storing and reusing three-dimensional wounds that can be triaged and sutured for use in training scenarios.

These sessions and others are not open to the general public, but will accommodate members of the media, including the ability to photograph and video segments of the training. Interviews with experts conducting the training as well as participants will be made available.

WEMSA’s 30th annual Working Together Conference will host nearly 2,500 participants over six total days, with 70 sessions presented along with more than 140 companies exhibiting in the expo hall.

About Wisconsin EMS Association
The Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) is the largest non-profit member-based association representing EMS professionals throughout Wisconsin. The mission of the Wisconsin EMS Association is to represent and support the views and interests of its membership by Working Together as Your Voice for EMS to promote education, share information, and facilitate legislative action. To learn more visit WisconsinEMS.com.

 

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Conference & Expo Jan 26-31

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Margaret Casey
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
414.287.4232
or
Fred Hornby, Sales & Conference Manager
WEMSA
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Office: 414.255.2774
Cell: 262.865.8663

 

30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Conference & Expo Jan 26-31

Milwaukee – January 21, 2016 – The Wisconsin Center welcomes 2,500 emergency personnel to the Working Together Emergency Services Midwest Conference & Exposition held by the Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) from Jan 26-31. The event commemorates WEMSA’s 30th year of offering quality education to first responders, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, educators and other healthcare professionals.

The conference features emergency helicopters, along with 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest and most efficient technology, equipment and apparatus. Attendees can choose from 70 educational sessions presented by more than 20 national experts from around the country, and participate in numerous networking opportunities.

New in 2016, participants will have the opportunity to practice advanced skills on cadavers. This experience allows healthcare providers a hands-on opportunity to practice advanced procedures in a safe, realistic environment, in order to make well-informed patient care decisions in the field.

“The Working Together conference has an amazing lineup of full and half-day workshops, session tracks covering a variety of medical, fire and rescue topics, as well as leadership and professional development seminars. The Wisconsin EMS Association is dedicated to providing a world-class conference for all emergency personnel throughout the Midwest. We are excited to continue to call Milwaukee home to one of the largest EMS conferences in the country,” stated Mindy Allen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin EMS Association.

The conference is open to the press as of Tuesday, Jan. 26, and the exhibit hall is open to the public at no cost on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Exhibit hall passes are also available for purchase online or onsite for Friday, Jan. 29 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The full conference brochure and exhibit hall floor layout is available for view by visiting wisconsinems.com.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that the five-day event brings an estimated economic impact of $1.7 million to the downtown Milwaukee area.

About Wisconsin EMS Association
The Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) is the largest non-profit member-based association representing EMS professionals throughout Wisconsin. The mission of the Wisconsin EMS Association is to represent and support the views and interests of its membership by Working Together as Your Voice for EMS to promote education, share information, and facilitate legislative action. To learn more visit wisconsinems.com.

 

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-17

For Immediate Release

Media contacts:

Margaret Casey
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
414.287.4232
or
Jim Neave
Executive Director
Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
262.862.7294

 

Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-17

Milwaukee – January 12, 2016 – Volleyball teams from all over the Midwest descend on the Wisconsin Center this weekend for the Wisconsin Juniors Winter Classic Jan. 16-17. More than 3,000 athletes, coaches, staff and spectators are expected to be in attendance at this annual event, which brings teams of ages 12-18 together for friendly competition in Open and Club divisions.

According to Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Executive Director Jim Neave, “The Winter Classic has grown from 120 teams in 2013 to near capacity at over 220 teams utilizing 30 courts in 2015. This is evidence that the sport is on the rise both regionally and nationally. If you’re a volleyball enthusiast or just want to see what this event is all about, come check it out this weekend.”

Competition starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will end around 8:00 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend.

Due to the high level of competition, the Winter Classic also provides an opportunity for college coaches from around the country to recruit players from the many athletes who will go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Wisconsin Juniors encourages the tremendous growth of the sport by offering state-of-the-art equipment to train athletes at the Lakeview Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, just minutes north of the Illinois border and 30 minutes south of Milwaukee. Directors, coaches and staff are committed to providing athletes with the highest level of practice training, strength and conditioning, tournament competition and recruiting services.

According to the organization, Milwaukee is a great fit for this event at this time of the year because of the hotels connected to the Wisconsin Center. Economic impact to the city is estimated at $626,000.

For more information on Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball, see: wisconsinjuniors.com

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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