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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee’s Frost Williams wins Meeting Planner Award

VISIT Milwaukee’s Frost Williams wins Meeting Planner Award

MILWAUKEE — September 16, 2015— Frost Williams, convention sales development manager at VISIT Milwaukee, was presented with a major award at the 2015 Awards Gala of the Meeting Professionals International Wisconsin Chapter (MPIWI) in Wisconsin Dells on September 10, 2015.

The MPIWI Chapter is the premier association in the state dedicated to the growth, development and success of event and meeting professionals. The chapter’s annual Meetings Industry Advocate Award recognizes an individual who is a strong voice for the importance of meetings in the marketplace.

“Frost is a consistent champion for meetings in Wisconsin, both through his work at VISIT Milwaukee and on the board at MPI-Wisconsin, where he connects with MPI leaders from other chapters to promote our events,” said Carmen Smalley, 2014-2015 President, Meeting Professional International (MPI) Wisconsin Chapter and Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College with the Meeting & Event Program.

VISIT Milwaukee Senior Vice President of Sales Marco Bloemendaal added, “We congratulate Frost on this prestigious award. He is a great ambassador for the meetings industry not only in the Milwaukee area, but around the state as well.”

A native of Wisconsin, Frost worked for Hyatt and Hilton hotels around the country for 12 years before coming to VISIT Milwaukee in April of 2012. As convention sales development manager, he is responsible for lead generation and selling Greater Milwaukee as a premier destination for conventions, meetings, tradeshows and events. He works with national, regional, local and third-party organizations to develop and direct business leads to our partner hotels, the Wisconsin Center and other partner organizations with potential to supply support services to these groups.

For more information about the MPIWI, log on to http://www.mpiwi.org/.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 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, September 15, 2015

Top Table Tennis Talent to Compete at 2015 Butterfly Badger Open

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:

Linda Leaf
President, Milwaukee Table Tennis Club
414.281.3123
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or
Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Top Table Tennis Talent to Compete at 2015 Butterfly Badger Open
Fast-paced action at Milwaukee County Sports Complex Sept 18-20

MILWAUKEE — September 15, 2015— More than 250 table tennis players from around the country, including top Chinese-born player-coaches, will descend on the Milwaukee County Sports Complex (6000 W. Ryan Rd., Franklin) to compete in the 8th annual Badger Open this weekend September 18-20. In addition to top Chinese players representing powerhouse east coast clubs such as Maryland Table Tennis Center (MDTTC), Lily Yip Table Tennis Center and New York Indoor Sports Club, the tournament will also feature the nation’s best collegiate players from schools with esteemed table tennis programs, such as Mississippi College (2015 Collegiate Champions) and Lindenwood University (2015 Collegiate Semifinalists).

Ruichao Chen, 2015 Butterfly Aurora Cup Champion, and Jishan Liang, 2015 Butterfly Cary Cup Champion, lead the list of top players in the hotly contested Open Singles Event. The two top seeds have each won one event on this year’s Butterfly North American Tour and are looking to capture their second title. Their journey to the championship title and $2,000 in prize money will not be easy as they need to overcome formidable challengers, such as MDTTC coaches Jianhao Sun, Bowen Chen and Mississippi College top players Cheng Li and Yichi Zhang. In addition, 4 wild card players from Indonesia will travel from their home country to compete in the Open Singles event bringing a level of surprise and anticipation to the draw.

The 2015 Badger Open will take place at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, featuring over 50,000 square feet of space and 45 premium Butterfly tables. This year’s event is part of the 2015 Butterfly North American Tour and the 2015 Midwest Circuit. Spectator fees are $5 for each day of competition.

Continual coverage of the Badger Open and stories about the athletes will be available at ButterflyOnline.com, or via Butterfly North America’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

For more information about the Milwaukee Table Tennis Club and the Butterfly Badger Open, log on to www.visitmilwaukee.org.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 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, August 26, 2015

Brewery Collectibles Club “CANvention” makes history in Milwaukee Sept 2-5

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:

Rich La Susa
CANvention media coordinator
480.452.7186 (no text messages)
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or
Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Brewery Collectibles Club “CANvention” makes history in Milwaukee Sept 2-5
Show open to public on Saturday, Sept 5

MILWAUKEE — August 26, 2015— The largest beer can and brewery advertising show in the world takes place in Milwaukee, a city world-renown for its rich brewing history, on September 2-5. More than 1,500 collectors and guests from the U. S. and at least 20 other countries are expected to attend the CANvention at the Wisconsin Center, an event which combines the 45th annual convention of the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA) with the second Brewery Collectibles World Convention (BCWC).

Originally named the CANvention for its focus on beer cans only, the show now welcomes anyone that has an interest in beer-related collectibles. Hundreds of displays and exhibits will feature beer signs, colorful beer advertising and beer cans, including obsolete items from venerable Milwaukee breweries Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, Blatz and Gettelman, as well as breweries from others states and countries. Also on display will be collectibles (glassware, signs, coasters and labels) from Wisconsin craft breweries, along with items from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Russia.

The public is welcome to join the festivities on Saturday, September 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center for an admission fee of $10.

“Although education is a key element in our convention, fun is an essential ingredient during the show. At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, all attendees will be able to dig through a mega ‘dump’ of thousands of old beer cans donated by the Rusty Bunch Chapter and other collectors, taking whatever cylindrical treasures they can carry, all free of charge,” said Rich La Susa of the BCCA.

Educational seminars, lectures and other events during the week are open to BCCA members only and include:

“Photographs and History of Milwaukee’s Iconic Breweries: Miller, Pabst and Schlitz” by Paul Bialas; 1 p.m. Friday, September 3.

“The Women that Made the Men that Made the Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous” by local beer historian Bob Giese, 1 p.m., Saturday, September 5.

For more information about the BCCA, log on to www.bcca.com.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 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, August 25, 2015

Malibu Open Waterski Championship Returns to Veterans Park Lagoon, August 28-29

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:

April Coble Eller
910.890.2081
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or
Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

Malibu Open Waterski Championship Returns to Veterans Park Lagoon, August 28-29
World’s best professional and junior skiers to compete at summer festival and water sports trade show

MILWAUKEE— (August 25, 2015) –The Malibu Open Waterski Championship and Summer Festival is returning to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veterans Park Lagoon for the sixth consecutive year on August 28-29. Waterskiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for more than $64,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, show skiing, picnic areas, food trucks and outdoor activity vendors round out the exciting two day event, which is open and free to the public.

The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation department is estimating 10,000 spectators will come to observe the extreme water sports competition and interact with the athletes during the Friday and Saturday event.

For the sixth year in a row, the Malibu Open Festival is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe to the unique location of the lakefront lagoon, set between the Lake Michigan shoreline and the urban backdrop of Milwaukee.

“Athletes from 28 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing during the festival for cash prizes and elite world ranking points,” event organizer and competing athlete, April Coble Eller said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers while enjoying festival activities, food and music. Former Malibu Open Champion Will Asher of England, two time World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess of the USA, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in Veterans Park Lagoon.”

In slalom skiing, athletes carve around a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 43-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a specified length to increase difficulty. In the long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet.

The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.

Visit malibuopenfestival.com for more information.

About Pro Ski Tour, LLC.,: Pro Ski Tour, LLC’s goal is to bring water skiing back to the national spotlight giving our spectacular athletes a stage to perform on. The Pro Ski Tour, recreated the Pro Water Ski Tour for the 2008 season which became an immediate success. Through its passion and enthusiasm for water skiing Pro Ski Tour, LLC., continues to bring the amazing talent of these athletes to fans across the country and around the world today and for many years to come. www.malibuopenfestival.com

About Malibu Boats: Malibu Boats is the world’s largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, with a worldwide market share of more than 50 percent. Malibu sells the Wakesetter and Response models—as well as the Axis Wake Research brand—through a global dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water. www.malibuboats.com

@malibuboats | #malibuopen

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 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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