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Monday, November 24, 2014

Top 10 things to do with your family over the holidays

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Katy Deardorff, Communications  Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Top 10 things to do with your family over the holidays

Enjoy festive activities and events in Brew City

MILWAUKEE– (Nov. 24, 2014) –‘Tis the season for holiday travel! Milwaukee is home to great festive events that will get you up and moving into the holiday spirit. Grab your family and friends, a warm winter coat, and your best holiday cheer and check out these top 10 things to do in Milwaukee this holiday season.  

1. Hop on the jingle bus and tour Milwaukee’s Annual Holiday Lights Festival starting Nov 20. For just $1 visitors and locals alike can explore thousands of lights and dozens of displays in the downtown area.

2. Be sure to enjoy the holiday lights while riding in style in a cozy mini coach bus and sampling some delicious desserts with Milwaukee City Food Tours Dec 5-22!

3. There’s no better time to catch a show than during this festive season. Experience the magic of Disney’s The Lion King, playing at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts through Dec 2.

4. Witness a classic holiday spectacle with the Milwaukee Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” from Dec 13-27.

5. Be sure to catch the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of the treasured holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” at the Pabst Theater from Dec 2-24 and watchRep favorite actor Jonathan Smoots debut as Scrooge. It’s certain to fill your heart with cheer!

6. Get out and enjoy scenic downtown views and have great fun skating with family and friends at the “Slice of Ice” outdoor ice skating rink at Red Arrow Park. Skating is free with your own skates!

7. Too cold outside? Then head to the Petit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic Training Center! Don’t miss out on skating with the country’s best.

8. Football may be in full swing, but make sure to get in on the basketball action while in town. Spend a night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and catch the exciting action happening in collegiate basketball with the Marquette University Golden Eagles or cheer on Jabari Parker and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks as they bring home victories for Brew City. Nearby, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena hosts home games for the Panthers.

9. Ring in the New Year with an extravagant dinner at Ardent, a semifinalist for the Nation’s Best New Restaurant Award from the James Beard Foundation Awards.

10. Be adventurous and kick start your new year joining hundreds of locals and visitors as they plunge into the icy waters of Lake Michigan at this year’s Polar Bear Plunge.

Looking for more ideas? Check out Milwaukee 365.com for the most up to date happenings in the city! With a variety of ways to filter and find things to do, there’s bound to be something for every family member you’re inevitably hosting. 

Celebrate the holidays with festive activities and events in Milwaukee! Check out @VISIT Milwaukee for great events that will get you up and into the holiday spirit. http://bit.ly/holidaymke

‘Tis the season for holiday travel! Check out @visitmilwaukee for great ideas, promotions, and events for this holiday season. http://bit.ly/holidaymke

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 2013 and supported more than 48,500 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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Milwaukee to Host NCAA “March Madness” in 2017

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Milwaukee to Host NCAA “March Madness” in 2017

After 2014 success, BMO Harris Bradley Center to host first and second rounds

MILWAUKEE – (Nov. 18, 2014) – Marquette University and the BMO Harris Bradley Center will once again serve as hosts of March Madness in 2017, when the city welcomes eight of the 64 teams in the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

“There are few, if any, sporting events as magical as March Madness,” said Marquette University Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl. “As a community and an institution, we should all take great pride in being selected to host a portion of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament in 2017.”

Fans from all over the country will head to Milwaukee March 16 & 18 to support their teams as they look to advance to the Sweet 16. Visitors, as well as local and regional NCAA fans attending the games, will find the city offers plenty of off-court action during tournament time as well, resulting in impressive economic impact for the Greater Milwaukee area.

Referring to this year’s NCAA rounds in Milwaukee, Steve Costello, president & CEO of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, commented, "We were pleased to partner with Marquette University and VISIT Milwaukee on this successful effort in 2014, and we look forward to working with them and the NCAA to bring the excitement and significant economic impact back to Downtown Milwaukee.”

With over 18,000 attendees expected daily, economic impact in the city in the areas of lodging, transportation, food and beverage, retail and recreation is estimated at $6.6 million.

“The NCAA Tournament is a great way to showcase Milwaukee to the thousands of basketball fans who will return to our city in 2017,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “The fact that our city was selected again is a true testament to the phenomenal fan experience in Milwaukee.”

For more information regarding the NCAA tournament, please visit ncaa.com/march-madness.

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 2013 and supported more than 48,500 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, November 06, 2014

Tis’ the season to explore Wauwatosa retail for the holidays

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Tis’ the season to explore Wauwatosa retail for the holidays

Enter for prize package and enjoy great holiday shopping just 15 minutes from downtown

MILWAUKEE – (Nov. 6, 2014) –With Black Friday shopping right around the corner, it’s time to find the best shopping destinations for the holiday season. Find great deals and an incredible shopping selection in nearby Wauwatosa. Charming and highly walkable, Wauwatosa’s historic European-style village is filled with one-of-a-kind shops, independent retailers and luxury national brands.

Unlike the shopping hassle in other cities, Milwaukee’s western suburb provides ideal shopping conditions with no parking fees and limited traffic—making the entire experience pleasant and easy. 

Find trendy accessories at Bangles & Bags or explore a number of other local shops featuring contemporary and urban women’s apparel, including designs from local artists. Make sure you save time to stop in one of Wauwatosa’s charming restaurants for lunch. Get an authentic Italian taste with Pizzeria Piccola’s wood-fired pizzas or enjoy the extensive bier selection at Café Hollander or Café Bavaria. 

After exploring the boutiques, head to Mayfair, Wisconsin’s most successful shopping center. Explore 180 shopping and dining retailers including Crate & Barrel, Coach, Macy’s and other popular national brands. Just up the street you’ll find The Mayfair Collection, home to retailers like Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth OFF 5th.

VISIT Milwaukee is teaming up with major brands, such as the Radisson® Hotel and Bartolotta Restaurants, to provide one lucky winner the ultimate holiday shopping experience. Through Nov. 21, participants can enter to win the following prize package:

  • A one-night stay at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West
  • A $100 gift card to any Bartolotta Restaurant
  • A Mayfair Mall gift package
  • $100 DSW gift card at The Mayfair Collection
  • $300 Shop Etc. gift card

For more information on shopping in Wauwatosa for the holiday season, please visit http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/shopping/wauwatosa

  Head over to @VISIT Milwaukee now to find out how to enter to win the ultimate holiday shopping prize package in Wauwatosa!

  Tis’ the season to shop! Head to Wauwatosa to shop, eat & have a great time along the way! #VisitMKE 

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 2013 and supported more than 48,500 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, October 17, 2014

German Cruise Ship Makes Second Stop in Milwaukee

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German Cruise Ship Makes Second Stop in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE— (October 17, 2014)— After its first stop in Milwaukee on October 10th, German cruise ship MS Hamburg will drop anchor in the city once again on Sunday, October 19th.

Weighing in at almost 15,000 tons, the MS Hamburg was built in Germany in 1997 and accommodates 400 guests. The 16-night Great Lakes cruise sets sail in Montreal and goes on to Toronto, the Welland Canal/Niagara, Chicago, Milwaukee, Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Kingston and returns to Montreal.

Local tours organized by Milwaukee Food and City Tours include full-day and half-day bus trips touring the sights, some offering step-offs at attractions such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Harley-Davidson Museum, City Hall, Mader’s and Old World Third Street, Pabst Mansion, Lakefront Brewery, Best Place, the Milwaukee Public Market and more.

About Milwaukee Food and City Tours
Milwaukee Food and City Tours offers an “Explore Milwaukee” sightseeing tour from May - October annually, which allows guests to hop-on and hop-off at any scheduled stop to visit Milwaukee’s most popular attractions. Participants have the option to join a fully-narrated 60 minute tour at any one of the four participating hotel pick-up points or catch the bus to their preferred destinations. The tour bus runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer between participating hotel pickup points and attraction drop-off locations. For more information about Milwaukee Food & City Tours visit www.milwaukeefoodtours.com

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 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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