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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Steampunk Winter Fun at Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival March 6-8

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Margaret Casey, PR Coordinator
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Steampunk Winter Fun at Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival March 6-8

MILWAUKEE– (February 25, 2015) – Steampunk meets winter fun at the first annual Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival to be held at the scenic Grand Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the weekend of March 6-8.

Steampunk fans created this lively winter event to celebrate the genre and introduce it to a new audience. The public is invited to come join in the fun of indoor and outdoor games, cardboard toboggan run, skiing and other winter activities, while learning more about Steampunk and its colorful costuming and character development from representatives of local groups. Make-and-take art is on offer, along with vendors selling Steampunk costumes, accessories and trinkets.

A highlight of the carnival is the Grand Ball on Saturday night, March 7, which will featureDead Man's Carnival from Milwaukee performing electro-swing music, side show acts, juggling, magic, dance and more.

Geneva Steam welcomes fans already into Steampunk, along with those who are curious to check it out and experience the fun and frivolity of this eclectic hobby, all in the beautiful winter setting of the Grand Geneva Hotel.

For more information and a list of daily activities, see: http://www.genevasteam.com/

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 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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Monday, February 16, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee names new Director of Communications

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Katy Deardorff
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee names new Director of Communications

MILWAUKEE— (February 16, 2015) –  Kristin Settle will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as director of communications effective March 2. In her position, Settle will direct the VISIT Milwaukee communications team in its role as primary interface for local, regional, national and international media and in support of the organization’s marketing plan to strengthen Milwaukee’s image as a leisure and meetings destination.

Milwaukee Magazine recently named Settle as one of the top “Reasons to Love Milwaukee”  as “The PR Boss,” in a reference to her role as public relations manager and spokesperson for the Milwaukee Art Museum since 2010.  Her previous experience includes account management at Zizzo Group Advertising + PR + New Media, where she worked on the Wisconsin Center District account, along with policy and research analysis for One Wisconsin Now and work on various political campaigns.

A graduate of UW-Madison in Journalism and Political Science, Kristin earned a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

“Kristin’s tenure with the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum, one of the city’s major attractions and long-time partner of VISIT Milwaukee, gives her a great advantage in working with our more than 650 partners to promote the city as a sought-after destination. We are confident that she will encourage best communications practices at VISIT Milwaukee and will champion the economic impact of the tourism industry in our area,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

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 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Top 10 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Milwaukee

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Top 10 Things to do for Valentine's Day in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE– (Feb. 11, 2015) Rest assured, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated meal, an offbeat adventure, a “Singles Awareness Day” or family fun, there is going to be something for you to do in Milwaukee this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Foodies can enjoy the Big Night Aphrodisiac Dinner at The Chef’s Table, an interactive dining experience featuring six courses guaranteed to stoke the fires of your passions.

2. The Harley-Davidson Museum® will be hosting Brenner Brewing Co. for a dinner featuring bacon and beer pairings.

3. Starry-eyed lovers might enjoy “Romancing the Stars” in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

4. Splash Studio will be featuring couples canvas paintings for the more artistic pair.

5. Bounce Milwaukee is offering a Valentine’s Day package including laser tag, a heart-shaped pizza, loaded tots and more.

6. For something on the sweeter side, couples can indulge in an aphrodisiac-inspired wine and chocolate pairing class at Indulgence Chocolatiers.

7. Singles can still celebrate Valentine’s Day at Miller Time Pub, who will be hosting a Love BITES Party featuring comfort food bites, special “hook-up” shots and a therapeutic “ex-destroying” contest.

8. Evolution Gastro Pong will be hosting a Kiss & Tell Un-Valentine’s Day Party with free ping pong and a “worst-kiss” story contest.

9. Families can also get out and enjoy kid-friendly activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day! The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will be hosting an ice cream social with crafts and sweet treats, in addition to celebrating the grand opening of its new exhibit “Word Headquarters.”

10. Discovery World has partnered with several organizations to present “Love Your Great Lakes” Saturday with interactive experiences and nautical-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

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, February 10, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Launches New Tourism Website for Wauwatosa

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-507-9009
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VISIT Milwaukee Launches New Tourism Website for Wauwatosa

New website to increase awareness and tourism dollars in neighboring city

MILWAUKEE– (Feb. 10, 2015) –VISIT Milwaukee launched a new tourism website, VISITWauwatosa.org, for its strategic partner Wauwatosa. Wauwatosa is an integral part of Milwaukee’s tourism scene, and the new website helps to centralize visitor information for travelers looking to discover the charm and unique attributes of Milwaukee’s neighbor to the west.

The content and backend functionality of VISITWauwatosa.org leverages VISIT Milwaukee’s own website and business listings to provide information regarding all of the fun things to see and do in the Wauwatosa area, including shopping, culinary experiences, sports and recreation, exploring the charming historic Village district and more.

“Leveraging VISIT Milwaukee’s expertise in destination marketing, the new website is a great resource for out-of-town visitors, as it features information about accommodations, including an on-site booking widget, plus custom articles, photos and videos, event and business listings to encourage travel to Tosa,” said Megan Gaus, senior director of marketing and communications at VISIT Milwaukee.

The website also contains year-round activities, including festivals and art fairs, as well as insider tips on restaurants, nightlife and summer hot spots, such as the TOSA Pool and attached beer garden, The Landing.

“I’m excited about this new tool that helps visitors discover all Wauwatosa has to offer,” said Kathy Ehley, Mayor of Wauwatosa. “As a VISIT Milwaukee partner, we worked closely with them to develop a fun, creative site to promote tourism in our City and generate a greater economic impact for us. We look forward to seeing the site evolve.”

For those tourists who wish to learn more about Wauwatosa, the website provides several special interest pieces regarding the history of the city, nearby medical centers and colleges and universities. 

For more information about Wauwatosa, please visit www.VISITWauwatosa.org.

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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