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Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Mitchell Airport Welcome Signs Reveal Authentic Milwaukee

 
MILWAUKEE, WI - (October 16, 2017) – VISIT Milwaukee and Clear Channel Airports have teamed up to welcome passengers to Mitchell International Airport with fresh new signage, displays, and video capability.
 
Two giant new displays measuring 15 x 7 feet now greet visitors in the main concourse area with “Welcome to Milwaukee” messaging. The current signs feature kayaking on the Milwaukee River and beer gardens.
 
A wall wrap that had been on a prominent wall of Concourse D for more than 20 years has been replaced with an interchangeable “Greetings from Milwaukee” display, depicting an updated, stylized skyline graphic with bright, vibrant colors.
 
VISIT Milwaukee is also taking advantage of the 75-inch LCD display screens installed throughout the airport, by providing five videos, each ten seconds long, for the airport to use with other messaging on the screens. Future plans are to use the screens to welcome conventions to town with dedicated messaging for each group.
 
Another “Welcome to Milwaukee” display installed this week features a family on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The family visited Milwaukee from Dubai last summer.
 
According to Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, “Our partnership with Clear Channel Airports and Mitchell International Airport on this project has resulted in a colorful and more enticing welcome to travelers. The new signage and video capability is much more reflective of area attractions and the warm hospitality visitors will experience in Milwaukee.”
 
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele added, "Great partners like VISIT Milwaukee and Clear Channel are one of the reasons we are experiencing such significant growth at MKE. As more and more travelers from around the country and around the world continue to choose MKE, it's nice to know they will be greeted warmly with our characteristic Midwest hospitality."
 
About VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino provides $10 million streetcar sponsorship in Milwaukee

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino provides $10 million streetcar sponsorship in Milwaukee

Agreement includes free rides for one year beginning fall 2018

MILWAUKEE, WI - (October 9, 2017) – Mayor Tom Barrett has announced that Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Forest County Potawatomi will be the presenting sponsor for Milwaukee’s new streetcar, called “The Hop.” As part of the 12-year, $10 million agreement, Potawatomi will also sponsor free rides for everyone for the first 12 months of operation.

“This is yet another important and exciting step for the City of Milwaukee and the streetcar. The momentum keeps building,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We’re thrilled to have Potawatomi Hotel & Casino as our partner in moving Milwaukee forward.”

Currently under construction, the streetcar’s Phase 1 line is expected to begin service in fall 2018, with a Lakefront Line to follow in coordination with the construction of The Couture development in 2019.

“The Forest County Potawatomi have committed to investing in Milwaukee. Like our recently announced hotel expansion, this is one more example of that commitment,” said Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Chief Operating Officer Rodney Ferguson. “As Wisconsin’s most visited entertainment destination, we are proud to have our brand aligned with The Hop streetcar brand.”

The name “The Hop” was developed as part of a branding process conducted in 2016 with the help of a community input panel. The city hopes the name “The Hop” will become part of the local vernacular, emphasizing that destinations are just a quick hop away.

According to Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, “VISIT Milwaukee is grateful to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for its investment in The Hop and in the City of Milwaukee. The Forest County Potawatomi continue to be a major supporter and contributor to our community through charitable work, sponsorships, and investments in our infrastructure and in our citizens. We are especially pleased to learn that through their generosity, all riders will receive free admission for the first 12 months. This makes getting around so much easier for residents and visitors. The Hop is another great reason to live, work, and play in Milwaukee.”

Brand elements, including vehicles, signage and website, will be developed and rolled out in early 2018. Until then, construction information will continue to be available at http://www.themilwaukeestreetcar.com

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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 six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel opened in August 2014. To discover more visit http://www.paysbig.com

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About VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community. VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Table Tennis Titans Return to Claim Title at 10th Anniversary Butterfly Badger Open this Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Linda Leaf, President
Milwaukee Table Tennis Club
414-281-3123
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or
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 
Table Tennis Titans Return to Claim Title
at 10th Anniversary Butterfly Badger Open this Weekend
 
MILWAUKEE, WI - (September 11, 2017) – Approximately 300 athletes, including top table tennis players from around the US and Canada will compete at the 2017 Butterfly Badger Open this weekend, September 15-17, at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 600 W. Ryan Road, Franklin, WI.
 
A total of $16,000 in prize money is at stake, with $5,000 reserved for the Open Singles champion. Play on 29 courts begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday at 9:00 a.m. A competition for recreational players will be held on Saturday at 6:00pm. Walk-in entries for this event will be accepted until 5:30 pm on Saturday.
 
Jishan Liang (2016 Badger Open Champion), Eugene Wang (3x Badger Open champion & Olympian) and Jian Li (2017 Arnold Challenge Champion) lead the Open singles draw. Expected clashes between these 3 champions promise world class table tennis for both participants and spectators.
 
Other well-known competitors confirmed for the event include national cadet team member Sid Naresh and brother Nandan, collegiate table tennis powerhouse players/alumni (Yichi Zhang - Mississippi University; Alex Legaria/Santiago Sevilla – Lindenwood University), and frequent tournament competitors Bowen Chen and Rajat Hubli.
 
As the 2017 event marks the 10th anniversary of the Butterfly Badger Open, special recognition will be given to volunteers, competitors and staff who have been a part of the event since the beginning. Those attending in person can expect a festive atmosphere and determined set of organizers looking to grow the event for years to come.
 
Live streaming and results will be available on the Butterfly North America website throughout the weekend for those who cannot join in person. Tune in to follow the action at the 2017 Butterfly Badger Open!
 
Continual coverage of the Badger Open and stories about the athletes will be available at http://www.ButterflyOnline.com or vi,a Bowmar Sports/Butterfly North America’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
 
About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America selects Milwaukee for Triennial Assembly in 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America selects Milwaukee for triennial assembly in 2019
 
MILWAUKEE, WI - (September 6, 2017) – Milwaukee will host the triennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at the Wisconsin Center from August 5 -10, 2019.
 
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
Last hosted in Milwaukee in 2003, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly is expected to draw upwards of 2,000 attendees. VISIT Milwaukee estimates the economic impact of the event at $4.76 million.
 
According to ELCA  Secretary, Rev. Wm Chris Boerger, “The ELCA is pleased to return to Milwaukee for our 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We look forward to working with Bishop Paul Erickson and the staff of the Greater Milwaukee Synod as we come to this great city. Based on our experience in 2003, we know that Milwaukee is well equipped to provide excellent facilities both for the assembly and many opportunities for our members to enjoy during their stay.”

According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “We are thrilled to once again host the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. We know the attendees will enjoy Milwaukee’s vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful lakefront, easy walkability, and friendly hospitality.”
 
For more information on ELCA, see: http://elca.org/en/

About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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