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Monday, May 18, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Brings Home the Gold

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Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Brings Home the Gold

VISIT Milwaukee wins creative industry awards

MILWAUKEE (May 18, 2015) – The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals has awarded VISIT Milwaukee three Gold Hermes Creative awards and one Honorable Mention for work completed in 2014. The Hermes Creative Awards recognize outstanding work in the creative industry done by corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The Hermes Awards received over 6,000 entries this year from across the US, Canada and several other countries.

VISIT Milwaukee was recognized for its redesign of company business cards, its 2015 Official Visitors Guide and its 2015 Official Visitors Map, all three of which were designed by its in-house marketing and communications department with the assistance of Jigsaw, LLC, VISIT Milwaukee’s agency of record. An Honorable Mention was given to the DearMKE film “Build Moto”, which VISIT Milwaukee worked on with About Face media and local film director Matt Mixon.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers for our efforts to visually rebrand and redefine Milwaukee,” said Megan Gaus, senior director of marketing and communications at VISIT Milwaukee. “I am so proud to lead such an energetic and innovative team.”

VISIT Milwaukee submitted a total of five entries to the Hermes Creative Awards this year and was the only Milwaukee-based Gold Award winner.

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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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

POTAWATOMI HOTEL & CASINO’S HOTEL ATTAINS LEED® GOLD CERTIFICATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Ryan Amundson
External Communications Manager
Phone: (414) 847-7997
Cell: (414) 687-9034

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's Hotel Attains LEED® Gold Certification

MILWAUKEE (May 5, 2015)– Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced today its hotel has attained LEED® Gold certification, making it the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain the green building honor.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which ranks buildings on how well they save energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor environmental quality and their overall environmental impact.

From the time ground was broken, priority was placed on sustainability efforts. Through numerous green initiatives, the property’s goal was to become one of the premier sustainable developments in Milwaukee.

“While obtaining LEED Gold certification is a significant achievement, the effort to obtain this certification was not about recognition,” said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino General Manager. “Our goal was to advance sustainable business practices, which has been a long-standing tradition of the Forest County Potawatomi and a key focus at the casino for years.”

With the help of the property’s design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., the construction management team of Greenfire Management Services and the Gilbane Construction Co., and the engineering firm exp U.S. Services Inc., many steps were taken to ensure the property would achieve LEED® designation.

Energy

  • Energy consumption is managed through innovative technology and conservation techniques guests experience as soon as they enter their rooms. When a hotel room key card is entered, the room’s thermostat senses activity and adjusts the room temperature accordingly.
  • LED lighting throughout the property has controls in place to limit usage as needed.
  • Sensors gauge how much natural lighting is coming through the hotel’s large windows during the day, keeping energy consumption down.
  • Excess heat from the nearby Forest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Generation power plant offsets the need to burn natural gas for hot water.

Water

  • By incorporating native landscaping techniques, water consumption has been reduced significantly.
  • Inside the hotel, all rooms feature low-flow water fixtures.
  • An on-site storm water management system is in place.

Hotel design

  • Building products were made from locally produced or recycled materials whenever possible.
  • Wood products from local Native-owned forests were used throughout the property.

The hotel, which opened in the summer of 2014, features 381 rooms, the property’s newest restaurant, Locavore; a lobby bar and lounge; a coffee barfeaturing Stone Creek Coffee; more than 12,000 square feet in new meeting space and refined furniture and fixtures throughout.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is committed to green initiatives. Through strategic innovation and design, the property will continue to be a leading sustainable development in the community.

About Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Set in the heart of Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is Wisconsin’s premier entertainment destination, offering guests the best in gaming, dining and entertainment. The property features a luxurious 381-room hotel, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 square feet of event space. To discover more, visit www.paysbig.com.



Monday, May 04, 2015

Milwaukee Announced as Host City for 2015 Skate America

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Media contacts:      

Renee Felton, U.S. Figure Skating – 719.635.5200

Margaret Casey, VISIT Milwaukee – 414.287.4232


Milwaukee Announced as Host City for 2015 Skate America

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (May 4, 2015) –U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the host venue for 2015 Skate America. The international event is the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition will take place Oct. 22-25.

The competition will mark the first time that Milwaukee has hosted a major international figure skating event. The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is one of three facilities comprising the Wisconsin Center campus, which also includes the Wisconsin Center and the Milwaukee Theatre. The arena hosts the Milwaukee Wave (MASL), Brewcity Bruisers (WFTDA) and UW-Milwaukee’s men’s basketball team (NCAA).

“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to bring Skate America to Milwaukee,” U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. “We look forward to hosting a world-class figure skating competition in the area for the first time and hope ticketholders have an excellent experience whether attending their first or 50th skating competition.”

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center will serve as the official hotel for the Skate America delegation.

The event will feature two days of competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. The field will include 56 competitors, including Olympic- and World-level athletes.

“Milwaukee is very excited to host its first international event with U.S. Figure Skating and to welcome current and future Olympians to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, a totally renovated facility that has featured everything from the Beatles to ice hockey,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

Past Skate America titlists include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Evan Lysacek and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The complete list of athletes selected to compete at the 2015 Skate America and the rest of the 2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events will be announced June 15. The 2015 Skate America website, which will be live May 12, will include event and All-Event ticket package information. All-event ticket packages go on sale May 13. Please visit www.2015skateamerica.com for more information. 

Other stops on the 2015 Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bompard, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2015 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 7-13, in Barcelona, Spain.

NBC will kick-off their season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with live coverage of Skate America from 5-6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Oct. 24. NBCSN will carry taped coverage of Skate America from 9-10:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 25. Icenetwork will stream live coverage of Skate America and the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining five Grand Prix events and the Grand Prix Final, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details and a full schedule of coverage will be announced at a later date.

– U.S. Figure Skating –

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 950 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing more than 170,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.

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 $4.89 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2014and supported more than 49,370 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, May 01, 2015

Tourism Numbers Show Solid Growth of Convention and Leisure Travel in Milwaukee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
Cell - 414-477-7202
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Tourism Numbers Show Solid Growth of Convention and Leisure Travel in Milwaukee

Jobs, hotel occupancy, tax receipts up in 2014

MILWAUKEE, WI - (May 1, 2015) – According to data released today by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the Greater Milwaukee area showed significant gains in tourism revenue in 2014.

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

  • Total business sales related to tourism were estimated at $3.2 billion (a 6 percent increase from 2013).
  • Tourism-supported full-time jobs increased to roughly 30,900 (a 1.9 percent from 2013).
  • Total labor income increased to $1 billion earned (a 5.6 percent increase from 2013).
  • State and local tax revenue generated by tourism was $217.9 million (an increase of almost 5 percent).

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

  • Total business sales related to tourism were estimated at $4.89 billion (an increase of 5.6 percent from 2013).
  • Tourism-supported full-time jobs increased to roughly 49,372 (a 2 percent increase from 2013).
  • Total labor income increased to $1.54 billion (a 5.4 percent increase from 2013).
  • Local and state tax revenue generated by tourism was $330.5 million (a 4.6 percent increase).

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 a banner year for tourism in the Greater Milwaukee area with an estimated $4.9 billion in total business sales, contributing to roughly 49,000 jobs in our area,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

In addition to outstanding economic increases, downtown Milwaukee hotels saw a record-setting occupancy rate of 69.5 percent (a 7 percent increase over the prior year), and Wauwatosa hotels had a 68.7 percent occupancy rate.

“All of these numbers translate to economic growth in our region. Milwaukee offers leisure travelers, meeting planners and convention attendees unique, authentic experiences at an affordable price tag,” said Upchurch. “As Milwaukee is in the news more and more for its outstanding attractions, restaurants, and events, we will continue to see these numbers improve.”

VISIT Milwaukee will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 6 from 3 - 7 PM at the historic Turner Hall Ballroom. For more details and to RSVP please visit: http://bit.ly/2015annualmtng

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 $4.89 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2014and supported more than 49,392 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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