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Monday, May 04, 2015

Milwaukee Announced as Host City for 2015 Skate America

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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

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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sports Tourism World Convenes in Milwaukee April 27-30

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Contact:

Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202
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Sports Tourism World Convenes in Milwaukee April 27-30

VISIT Milwaukee launches sports tourism video

MILWAUKEE – April 22, 2015 – Milwaukee is the center of the sports tourism world April 27-30 when a record-breaking 800 attendees convene at the Wisconsin Center for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium. 

The annual symposium will attract representatives of 100 nationwide sports event organizations, along with sports event owners and professionals from sports commissions, chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations, facilities/venues, parks and recreation departments and national governing bodies. 

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that the NASC will result in an economic impact to the Milwaukee area of $1.2 million.

Attendees will participate in finance, sales, marketing and leadership seminars led by national sports tourism experts. Hotels, publications and other third parties that provide products/services to the industry will exhibit in a marketplace.

According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “Milwaukee’s reputation as a great sports destination continues to grow in the competitive sports event market, with groups like USA Triathlon choosing to compete here for an unprecedented third consecutive year in 2015. We look forward to showcasing our combination of first-rate sports facilities, hotels and attractions, along with our own brand of hospitality and fun, to the prestigious NASC.”

To coincide with the NASC event and raise awareness of Milwaukee’s image as a great sports destination, VISIT Milwaukee has released an action-packed new sports video as the sixth installment in its tourism video series. Featuring a range of sports from speed skating, soccer and volleyball, to hockey, golf and USA Triathlon, the video showcases indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as the hotels, restaurants and city amenities that make for a great all-round sports package in Milwaukee.

Click here for more information on the NASC and the Sports Event Symposium.

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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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

USA Fencing Wheelchair National Championships /April North American Cup April 17-20

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Contact:

Nicole Jomantas

USA Fencing Communications Manager
Cell: 719.761.7909
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Or:

Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee, PR Dept.
414-287-4232
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USA Fencing Wheelchair National Championships /April North American Cup April 17-20

Competitors in epee, foil and saber events at Wisconsin Center

MILWAUKEE – April 15, 2015 – More than 1,400 athletes will travel to Milwaukee from April 17-20 to compete in USA Fencing’s Wheelchair National Championships and April North American Cup. Competition will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center with free admission to the public.

National Championship titles will be on the line for 2016 Paralympic hopefuls in the wheelchair fencing events, which also serve as final qualifying events for the 2015 Wheelchair World Championships.

The field is headlined by a 2012 Paralympic teammates Joey Brinson (Florence, Miss.) and four-time Paralympian Gerard Moreno (Los Angeles, Calif).Brinson won silver in the saber competition in 2014, while Moreno took silver in foil. Both athletes are aiming to return home with gold this year.

The women’s wheelchair events will crown a trio of first-time National Champions as none of the previous gold medalists will be in attendance. Former NAC Champions Lauryn DeLuca (Parma, Ohio), Vikki Espinosa (Portland, Ore.) and Patricia Dykes (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) will all be in contention.

Prior to the wheelchair competition, a clinic for first-time wheelchair military fencers will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Wisconsin Center. Funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs, the clinic is open to veterans, active duty military and others with physical disabilities.

The April NAC portion of the tournament will include events for athletes ages Y10, Y12, Y14 and Division II. In addition to individual events, for the second time, the NAC will include team competitions for Y14 fencers in each of the six weapons.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that this four-day event will have an economic impact of $1.9 million.

Click here to view the competition schedule for the April NAC and Wheelchair National Championships.

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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