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Friday, June 17, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee Names 2016-17 Officers and Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202
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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2016-17 Officers and Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE - June 16, 2016 – VISIT Milwaukee has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2016-17. New to the Board this year are Howard Snyder, executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Jeffrey Hess, general manager at White Lodging Services/Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, Alderwoman Cheryl Berdan, common council president, City of Wauwatosa, and Grady L. Crosby, chief diversity officer and vice president of public affairs, Johnson Controls, Inc. See the full list.

As the image and tourism marketing organization for the greater Milwaukee area, VISIT Milwaukee is responsible for growing our local tourism economy, generating revenues for local business, increasing taxes paid by tourists and growing tourism-related jobs.

Board Directors volunteer their time to assist in providing overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and by advocating its mission to the community. The Board assists in developing the strategic plan, and helps the organization achieve its goals through participation in committees and Board meetings.

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, June 15, 2016

8th Annual Tour of America’s Dairyland Cycling Events June 17-26

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Nicholas Hardrath
414-243-5561
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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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8th Annual Tour of America’s Dairyland Cycling Events June 17-26
10 local communities to participate in popular family-friendly event

MILWAUKEE - June 14, 2016 – Neighborhood events complete with entertainment, family fun and kids activities are on tap when the prestigious cycling races of the Tour of America’s Dairyland roll into local communities from June 17-26, presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

The largest competitive road cycling event in the United States, the Tour of America’s Dairyland welcomes an average of 500 racers, from Junior to Pro level, to the starting line each day in 10 Wisconsin communities. Representing 36 states and 13 countries, racers compete for more than $175,000 in cash and merchandise before an estimated 155,000 passionate spectators.

The 2016 schedule features 10 race events, including two new venues and two dates on the coveted USA Cycling Pro Road Tour:

A phenomenal family-friendly event, spectators can expect roughly eight hours of high-energy racing daily with speeds topping 35 mph during the Pro races, along with food and drink, entertainment, specials guests such as Alice in Dairyland, and free low-fat chocolate milk from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

According to Bill Koch, executive director of Tour of America’s Dairyland, “Grab a cowbell and bring the family to cheer on the riders in this exciting, free, international cycling event. Experience communities you've never been to before or get to know your own downtown a little better. Enjoy a hot cup of this, a cool sip of that, a taste of local culinary creation, and spend some time seeing what the local merchants have to offer!”

Click here for more information on the Tour of America's Dairyland.

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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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Brewcity Bruisers Host Three-Day International Roller Derby Tournament:  Midwest BrewHaHa

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Nicole Armendariz
VISIT Milwaukee
414-916-2724
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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Brewcity Bruisers Host Three-Day International Roller Derby Tournament:
Midwest BrewHaHa

MILWAUKEE - June 2, 2016 – Milwaukee’s roller derby league, the Brewcity Bruisers, is set to host the 7th annual Midwest BrewHaHa tournament, June 3-5 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The three-day tournament features two derby tracks and more than 30 women’s, men’s, and junior’s teams from three continents. Milwaukee’s own Brewcity Bruisers All Stars will be skating against Grand Raggidy of Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Berlin Bombshells of Berlin, Germany, and Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Midwest BrewHaHa kicks off on Friday morning at 10:45 a.m. (doors open at 8:00 a.m.), with bouts scheduled all weekend through Sunday night, June 5. The full list of participating teams and bout schedule can be found at brewcitybruisers.com.

Every day of the tournament features sanctioned bouts by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA), and Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA).

Tickets: Midwest BrewHaHa offers plenty of options to allow you to get your fill of roller derby action. Purchase tickets at brewcitybruisers.com or at any Ticketmaster location.

3-Day Weekend Pass: $60 for adults, $50 for kids (6-12), seniors (55+), and military. Children age 5 and under are free. Doors open at 8 AM Friday, 7:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Day Passes:

  • Friday Adult Pass: $25
  • Friday Kids (6-12), Seniors (55+), and Military Pass: $20
  • Saturday Adult Pass: $30
  • Saturday Kids (6-12), Seniors (55+), and Military Pass: $25
  • Sunday Adult Pass: $30
  • Sunday Kids (6-12), Seniors (55+), and Military Pass: $25

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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Friday, April 29, 2016

Tourism Numbers in Milwaukee Show Continued Growth

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202 (c)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Tourism Numbers in Milwaukee Show Continued Growth
Jobs, hotel revenue, tax receipts up in 2015

MILWAUKEE— April 29, 2016 – According to data released today by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the Greater Milwaukee area showed solid gains in tourism revenue in 2015.

In Milwaukee County, the largest tourism economy in the state:

  • Total business sales related to tourism were estimated at $3.3 billion (an almost 4 percent increase from 2014).
  • Tourism-supported 31,300 full-time jobs.
  • Total labor income was $1.1 billion.
  • State and local tax revenue generated by tourism was $223 million.

In the Greater Milwaukee area, including Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties:

  • Total business sales related to tourism were estimated at $5.1 billion (an increase of 4.1 percent from 2014).
  • Tourism-supported 50,000 full-time jobs.
  • Total labor income was $1.6 billion.
  • State and local tax revenue generated by tourism was $339 million.

The numbers are estimates from The Economic Impact of Tourism in Wisconsin, an annual tourism impact study commissioned by the state and conducted by Tourism Economics. “VISIT Milwaukee is proud to report continued growth in leisure, convention and business travelers staying in the region and look forward to seeing that growth continue. Last year was another strong year for tourism in the Greater Milwaukee area with an estimated $5.1 billion in total business sales, contributing to more than 50,000 full-time jobs in our area,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

In addition, Milwaukee area hotels saw increased hotel revenues of 5.3 percent in Downtown Milwaukee, 6.3 percent in Milwaukee County, and 7.6 percent in Milwaukee West/Wauwatosa.

"As Greater Milwaukee is in the news more and more for its outstanding attractions, restaurants, and events, we will continue to see these numbers improve,” said Upchurch.

VISIT Milwaukee will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 12 from 3 - 7 PM at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. For more details and to RSVP please visit: http://bit.ly/2016mkeannualmtng

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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