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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport Receives Top Rankings

10/05/2006

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the magazine designed for the discerning frequent traveler, ranked Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport as best in the nation in the following categories: Ease of Connections, Customs/Baggage and Safety/Security. Mitchell garnered the most first-place rankings in individual categories, and finished fifth overall among U.S. airports. The ninth-annual Readers' Travel Awards, which appears in the magazine's October 2006 issue, also asked readers to rank airports in three other categories: Location/Access, Food/Shops/Amenities, and Design. 

"In this fast paced world, it is becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming to fly. It is extremely gratifying for Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport to be recognized by travelers for its convenience and ease," said Doug Neilson, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. "A safe, reliable and efficient transportation infrastructure is vitally important in our effort to make our visitors feel welcome. The $50 million expansion and renovation of our airport makes us a more convenient gateway city." 

In 2005, a record number of passengers, 7.3 million, used Mitchell, an increase of more than nine percent over 2004. Mitchell Airport's 12 airlines offer nonstop and direct flights to more than 90 cities in the United States and one-stop connections to major cities throughout the world. It is the 50th largest airport in the nation in terms of number of passengers and 34th largest in number of destinations served nonstop. 

Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Travel Awards also ranked Milwaukee's hometown airline, Midwest Airlines, the number one single-class airline in the nation. The ranking was based on a number of criteria, from seat comfort and legroom to food and amenities. 

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 nearly 700 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.4 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2005 and supported over 60,000 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, VP of Public Relations, VISIT Milwaukee 
414/287-4253



Monday, April 10, 2006

Milwaukee to Host Two Travel Industry Conferences

04/10/2006

Milwaukee has been selected as the host city for two conferences that will bring influential travel professionals to town, The Heartland Travel Showcase and the Midwest Travel Writers Association. The positive impact of these meetings will extend far beyond the individual conferences and should include future group business for Milwaukee and significant media coverage for the city. 

The Heartland Travel Showcase, a trade show produced by Ohio Travel Association, will convene in Milwaukee March 6 - 8, 2008. Of the expected 800 attendees, approximately 150 will be tour operators or tour planners looking at the city as a destination for future groups. The Heartland Travel Showcase encompasses attendees from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. 

"Heartland Travel Showcase is recognized as the largest regional motorcoach marketplace in the United States. Business booked through these visiting tour planners has the potential to bring millions of dollars into the city," explained VISIT Milwaukee Group Tour Manager Wendy Dobrzynski. "Our world-class attractions, top-notch entertainment, and a city that is easy to navigate make Milwaukee an ideal group tour destination. We look forward to showcasing the city's best assets." 

The Midwest Travel Writers Association(MTWA), the nation's oldest organization devoted exclusively to travel writing, will hold its 2009 fall conference in Milwaukee. Based in Lincoln, Neb., the MTWA has about 100 members from 13 Midwestern states. A primary function of MTWA meetings is to provide opportunities for active members to experience destinations firsthand for research and story gathering. This group last met in Milwaukee in May 1986. 

"With $1.5 billion invested in our tourism product since 1998 and another $1 billion to come in the next couple of years we have a new, reenergized city to showcase to these journalists," said David Fantle, vice president of public relations for VISIT Milwaukee. "We're rightly proud of Milwaukee and we look forward to sharing the fun and excitement of our tourist-friendly destination with these guests." 

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, 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



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