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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Midwest Twisters Invitational Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Wisconsin Center Feb 13-15

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Katy Deardorff
Manager Communications
414-287-4255    
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Kathy Nelson
Midwest Twisters
414-698-5265
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Midwest Twisters Invitational Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Wisconsin Center Feb 13-15

MILWAUKEE – February 10, 2014 – Local gymnastics organization Midwest Twisters teams up with Hal’s Harley-Davidson for the 13th annual Midwest Twisters Gymnastics Invitational this weekend from February 13-15 at the Wisconsin Center.

Nearly 6,000 people will be in attendance at this outstanding three-day event, including boys and girls teams from seven states competing from USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Levels 2-10, NCAA, AAU and YMCA clubs.

According to Kathy Nelson of the Midwest Twisters, “At a time when child obesity is constantly in the news, it is our goal to promote general wellness and physical fitness through our many programs for children of all ages at locations across southeastern Wisconsin. With the generous support of families and the business community, thousands of children participate in Midwest Twisters programs. The Invitational provides an enriching and exciting experience for these talented young athletes.”

For the full schedule of events, see: http://www.midwesttwistersinvite.com/schedule

VISIT Milwaukee estimates a total economic impact to the city of $914,091.37.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 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 2013 and 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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Monday, February 09, 2015

Eighth Annual Anime Milwaukee Welcomes 7,500 this Weekend

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Katy Deardorff

VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4255
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Eighth Annual Anime Milwaukee Welcomes 7,500 this Weekend

MILWAUKEE— (February 9, 2015) - Anime Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s  largest Anime and Japanese cultural event, hosts its eighth annual event at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Wisconsin Center over the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13–15.

Anime Milwaukee, known as AMKE by reoccurring attendees, expects to welcome more than 7,500 fans to downtown Milwaukee. The entire first floor of the Wisconsin Center will be taken over by vendors, Artist Alley, video gaming and more.  Connected by skywalk, the Hyatt will also be full of function space providing entertainment for event attendees. 

Anime Milwaukee features exciting programming and colorful events 24 hours a day from 10:00 a.m. Friday to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, with special events including the ever popular Cosplay Combat Chess, Masquerade, the Charity Ball, a Manga (graphic novel) Library, Children’s Programming, the Maid Café, the Symphonic Anime Orchestra and the Rave featuring Japanese DJ Meishi Smile. Joining the guest line-up this year is also lead designer of the popular video game Pathfinder, Mr. Jayson Bulmahn.  

Among the many offerings is Milwaukee’s very own Taiko Hibiki group, which will perform traditional Japanese drumming. Also making an appearance as special guests are voice actors Steve Blum, Bryce Papenbrook, Caitlin Glass, J. Michael Tatum, Terri Doty, Leah Clark, Eric Stuart, Erica Mendez, David Vincent, Joel McDonald and Tom Wayland.

Anime Milwaukee is supported through the Entertainment & Cultural Promotion Society (ECPS). The event is open to the public with daily entrance fees ranging from $25-$40. To register or for more information about the 2015 Anime Milwaukee event, visit www.AnimeMilwaukee.org.

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About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 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 Bingo 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, February 04, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Highlights the City’s Brewing History with New Tourism Video

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-507-9009
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VISIT Milwaukee Highlights the City's Brewing History with New Tourism Video

MILWAUKEE—(Feb. 4, 2015)—VISIT Milwaukee released the fifth installment in its tourism video series, with a film featuring beer and brewing. The leisure video series is used to help elevate Milwaukee’s image and brand the city.

The video offers a snapshot of Milwaukee’s rich and vibrant beer and brewing culture, from its deep, historic brewing roots with Miller, Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz to the energetic micro-brewing culture today, led by Sprecher Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewing, Inc. and Milwaukee Brewing Co.

“At VISIT Milwaukee we strive to represent all of the important cultural aspects that help to brand the city, including our rich beer history,” said Megan Gaus, director of marketing and communications at VISIT Milwaukee. “We made this video to inspire beer tourism to our region and to highlight the foundation that gave Milwaukee the name of ‘brew city,’ which is still very much alive today.”

This video specifically takes the traveler beyond the bar and shows the many beer-related activities one can find in Milwaukee, such as touring the historic Pabst Mansion, venturing through Forest Home Cemetery to see the final resting place of legendary beer barons and heading over to Sprecher Brewery to sample their world-famous root beer.

The video was filmed, directed and edited by VISIT Milwaukee’s agency of record, Jigsaw LLC.  

To view VISIT Milwaukee’s beer and brewing video visit http://bit.ly/1KrqVco.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 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 2013 and 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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee names VP Finance & Administration

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Katy Deardorff
VISIT Milwaukee
414.287-4255
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VISIT Milwaukee names VP Finance & Administration

MILWAUKEE— (January 20, 2015) –  Dana Jones has been promoted to Vice President, Finance & Administration at VISIT Milwaukee. In her position, Jones is responsible for both fiscal oversight of the hotel occupancy tax dollars generated by VISIT Milwaukee’s sales and marketing efforts, as well as the bureau’s administration and human resources.

Jones’ tourism roots run deep, spanning 29 years and starting out with her family’s resort in north woods Minocqua, Wisconsin. According to Jones, “Hospitality is in my blood.  I’ve seen how much our hospitality industry in Milwaukee has grown in the past 18 years, and I know that we’re on the cusp of creating great things for the region in the next 5 to 10 years. You will not find a more passionate group of individuals in the city than the VISIT Milwaukee staff – they love what they do and love sharing Milwaukee with our visitors.”

Dana Jones started at VISIT Milwaukee in 1996, after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business from UW-Madison with a major in accounting and certificate in international business. In the Milwaukee area she also worked for Roundy’s Inc. and Harp & Eagle/County Clare.

“VISIT Milwaukee is proud to recognize Dana’s contributions over many years with this promotion. No one knows the bureau’s history and finances better than Dana, and we are confident that she will continue to encourage best practices at VISIT Milwaukee for years to come,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

Locally, Dana has also volunteered with the Bay View Neighborhood Association and Hunger Task Force Farm.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 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 Bingo 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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