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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honors Milwaukee with Prestigious Award

03/07/2006

 

Milwaukee's rich cultural heritage and commitment to historic preservation has earned it the designation as one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2006 in an announcement made today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Milwaukee was selected from 93 destinations in 39 states nominated by individuals, preservation organizations and local communities. 

"Milwaukee offers so many exciting attractions for the eager visitor. From a world-renowned zoo to the many museums, mansions, breweries, gardens and parks, there is something for every age and interest to experience," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington D.C. "This outstanding city has a rich past that is celebrated by the community and its visitors alike." 

Since 2000, the National Trust has designated 84 communities in 41 states and territories as Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Award criteria include enjoyable historic, natural, aesthetic, recreational and cultural experiences, commitment to historic preservation, dynamic downtown, interesting architecture, cultural diversity, an economic base of locally-owned businesses and walking access for residents and visitors. 

"This prestigious designation recognizes Milwaukee for its commitment to a rich past and a progressive tradition," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "We are proud of such architectural icons as the Milwaukee City Hall, now undergoing an extensive renovation, and tributes to our brewing heritage painstakingly preserved in the Pabst Mansion and the Pabst Theater. The totality of Milwaukee's urban richness will continue to be recognized as we open new attractions such as Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, opening this summer and the Harley-Davidson Museum coming in the summer of 2008." 

According to the National Trust, this annual award recognizes American cities and towns that have preserved their sense of place and character and which provide exciting choices as a visitor destination. 

"This honor embodies how Milwaukee has evolved into a significant visitor destination," said Doug Neilson, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "Very few destinations carefully preserve and blend its rich past with its progressive amenities and attractions as well as Milwaukee. From our desirable Lake Michigan location, non-stop festivals season and revitalization of our historic neighborhoods, such as the Bronzeville district and the nation's only memorial to the history of African American slavery, America's Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates our proud traditions and cultural diversity." 

Other 2006 Dozen Distinctive Destinations are: Arrow Rock, Missouri, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Lewes, Delaware, Monterey, California, Palm Springs, California, Philipsburg, Montana, Prescott, Arizona, Saranac Lake, New York, Waimea, Kaua'i, Hawaii and West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally and is dedicated to ensuring our guests are warmly welcomed and enjoy an enriching experience in this jewel of the Great Lakes. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.4 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2004 and supported about 61,000 local jobs. The Spirit of Milwaukee and Potawatomi Bingo Casino 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 
David Fantle, Director of Public Relations, VISIT Milwaukee 
414/287-4253



Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Harley Davidson Unveils Design for Museum

03/01/2006

Harley-Davidson has unveiled its designs for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Ground will be broken for this 20-acre facility, located on the corner of Sixth and Canal Streets near downtown Milwaukee, this summer. With an anticipated opening date of 2008, the 130,000 square foot Museum development will feature exhibit space as well as a restaurant, café, retail shop, meeting space, special event facilities and the Harley-Davidson corporate archives. 

The building and landscaped grounds will provide a perfect off-site venue, offering a variety of room types and space to accommodate groups large and small. Exact sizes and group accommodation details will be available later this year. 

"This will give Milwaukee a one-of-a-kind attraction that you won't find anywhere else in the world," said Doug Neilson, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "Once this project is completed it is expected to bring an estimated 350,000 visitors to the city each year from around the globe. Harley-Davidson has been a prominent part of this community for over a century and their Museum will become a renowned part of the world-class attractions Milwaukee has to offer its visitors." 

The Museum will celebrate the rich history of Harley-Davidson, the passion of the riders, the stories of the employees, dealers, suppliers, company leaders and community members. The experience will extend to outdoor space where visitors can meet to share stories and enjoy the green space adjacent to the edge of the Menomonee River. The Museum design reflects the industrial heritage of both Harley-Davidson and Milwaukee, the city of its birth. For graphics on the new Museum and more information check out http://www.h-dmusuem.com. 

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally and is dedicated to ensuring our guests are warmly welcomed and enjoy an enriching experience in this jewel of the Great Lakes. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.4 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2004 and supported about 61,000 local jobs. The Spirit of Milwaukee and Potawatomi Bingo Casino 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 
David Fantle, Director of Public Relations, VISIT Milwaukee 
414/287-4253



Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Milwaukee Kicks It Up a Notch

01/24/2006

 

Milwaukee Kicks It Up A Notch


Despite winter's chill, Milwaukeeans are "feeling the burn." The city jumped 10 places this year to land fifth on Men's Fitness Magazine's 2005 list of "America's Top 25 Fittest Cities." 

The magazine's annual survey compiled data from the 50 largest U.S. cities, using 17 weighted categories to determine final rankings. Categories included factors such as opportunities for outdoor exercise and health club usage. Milwaukee's strengths included participation in exercise and sports, amount of recreation facilities and access to quality health care. 

Milwaukee offers no shortage of opportunities for four-season fitness. Its prime Lake Michigan location makes it a choice spot for swimming, boating, jet skiing, sailing, and freshwater surfing. Miles of jogging trails just steps from the heart of the city and 15,000 acres of parkland - more per capita than any other U.S. city, beckon fitness enthusiasts throughout the year. 

Golf enthusiasts enjoy 16 golf courses featuring five levels of play, including one of just three municipal courses in the U.S. to host an annual PGA tournament. 

County parks offer free cross-country skiing, sledding and the thrill of high speed tobogganing during the winter months. Milwaukee is also home to The Pettit National Ice Center. This official, U.S. Olympic Training Facility houses one of the fastest 400-meter indoor speed skating ice ovals and two international size ice rinks used for hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating. 

Find firsthand accounts of the variety of recreational opportunities available in Milwaukee at http://www.playinthecity.blogs.com. 

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally and is dedicated to ensuring our guests are warmly welcomed and enjoy an enriching experience in this jewel of the Great Lakes. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area business. Tourism generated $2.4 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2004 and supported about 61,000 local jobs. The Spirit of Milwaukee and Potawatomi Bingo Casino 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. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 
David Fantle, Director of Public Relations, VISIT Milwaukee 
414/287-4253



Thursday, September 01, 2005

Milwaukee Area Events Recognized with 29 Pinnacle Awards

09/01/2005

When the envelope was opened and the names were read, Milwaukee area events and attractions collectively took home 29 Pinnacle Awards. Local winners included Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, Wisconsin State Fair, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Bastille Days, Grape Lakes Food & Wine Festival and Irish Fest. 

For nearly 30 years the International Festivals & Events Association has recognized outstanding examples of special event promotions with its prestigious Pinnacle Awards competition. The Pinnacle Awards competition recognizes winners for implementing the highest quality in festival and special event promotions. VISIT Milwaukee is pleased to announce that several of its members were recognized with 29 Pinnacle Awards announced September 14th at the IFEA 50th Reunion Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Winners were selected by event category and budget amount. 

Following is a listing of Milwaukee-area winners: 

· East Town Association (six awards): Jazz in the Park (two awards), Grand Pinnacle and newspaper advertising. Bastille Days (four awards) promotional poster, newspaper advertising and two awards for street banners. 

· Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.: Summerfest (six awards), Grand Pinnacle, sponsor solicitation package, new sponsorship program, overall sponsorship, television and magazine advertising. 

· Wisconsin State Fair Park: Wisconsin State Fair (nine awards), television and radio promotion, Web site, promotional poster, miscellaneous printed material, event/program to benefit a charity, media kit, display advertising and direct mail piece or brochure. 

· Friends of the Milwaukee Art Museum (seven awards): Lakefront Festival of the Arts (five awards), event program, event photography, miscellaneous printed material, and other and overall merchandising. Grape Lakes Food & Wine Festival (two awards), cover design and miscellaneous printed material. 

· Irish Fest Milwaukee: Irish Fest (one award), new promotions. 

"These Milwaukee area events were competing against events held in cities throughout the world," said Doug Neilson, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "From ethnic and music festivals to the arts and culture, our festivals and events are second-to-none. This recognition by the International Festivals & Events Association is really an invitation for visitors to come to Milwaukee and partake in the many wonderful events we offer." 
For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.ifea.com. 

Established in 1967, VISIT Milwaukee is the premier marketer of Greater Milwaukee. VISIT Milwaukee reaches tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally with sales, marketing and public relations programs. Tourism generated $2.4 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2004, which is 21 percent of the state's total tourism impact. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Its main office is at 648 N. Plankinton Avenue, Suite 425, Milwaukee. It also has a sales office in Washington D.C. The Spirit of Milwaukee (SOM) and Potawatomi Bingo Casino 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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