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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Visit Milwaukee Launches Winter Shopping & A Show Campaign To Promote Holiday Tourism

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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Visit Milwaukee Launches Winter Shopping & A Show Campaign To Promote Holiday Tourism

With the holiday season just around the corner, VISIT Milwaukee is launching its second winter marketing campaign offering deep discounts for hotel stays, along with a Milwaukee Holiday Getaway prize package valued at $1,500.

The winter campaign is designed to promote leisure and overnight travel to the greater Milwaukee area, highlighting the region’s shopping and theater experiences. Featured are shopping destinations, such as Mayfair Mall and The Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and the Milwaukee Public Market, as well as other popular regional shopping locations.

The campaign also promotes Milwaukee’s holiday events and theater productions, including Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nutcracker, and more.

“Following the success of last year’s campaign, it only made sense to expand this year to highlight the region’s holiday-themed theater and entertainment options,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “We anticipate a $2.3 million economic impact from this campaign for our community.”

Combined, hotel, retail and restaurant tourism contribute over $2.6 billion in economic impact to the region each year.

The Winter Shopping & a Show campaign is helped in part by a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The tourism grant will go towards print, online, radio and social media marketing and earned media efforts.

For more information on the campaign and to access the discounts and deals, please visit http://visitmilwaukee.org/holiday-shop.

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 $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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 20, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee Wins Major Videographer Award

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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VISIT Milwaukee Wins Major Videographer Award

MILWAUKEE – September 19, 2016 – VISIT Milwaukee has won a prestigious, national Videographer Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The award recognizes a new video designed to promote Milwaukee as an attractive destination for leisure tourism and conventions.

Among the 1,500 entries submitted, the video entitled “Meet Milwaukee,” created by VISIT Milwaukee’s Digital Marketing Manager Kris Martinez, won an Award of Distinction for projects that exceed industry standards. Approximately 14 percent of the entries won this award.

Among the most coveted awards in the video industry, the Videographer Awards are judged by industry professionals, who look for companies and individuals whose work exceeds a high standard of excellence and serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners range from network news operations to local cable access, from large production companies to freelancers, and from international advertising agencies to student producers.

“Videos are becoming increasingly important in selling a destination. We are pleased that the AMCP agrees with us that ‘Meet Milwaukee’ is a high quality piece that conveys the fun, attractions and natural beauty of our city,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

For more on the Videographer Awards, visit: https://enter.videoawards.com/winners/#/distinction/2016

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 $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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, September 14, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee’s Megan Husband Recognized as Meetings Industry Leader

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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VISIT Milwaukee’s Megan Husband Recognized as Meetings Industry Leader
National “Agents of Change” awarded by Connect Faith Magazine

Megan Husband, convention sales manager at VISIT Milwaukee, has been recognized as one of twelve convention industry “Agents of Change” nationwide by Connect Faith magazine. Connect Faith is a national magazine that provides resources and ideas for meeting professionals and planners in the faith-based meetings and events industry.

An annual feature in Connect Faith magazine, “Agents of Change” honors young leaders who have earned respect from industry professionals and media. Peers and meeting planners from across the country nominated Husband for her enthusiasm, empathy, personal attention to detail, and successful sales efforts. Nominations were evaluated based on references, industry involvement and other resources.

“With a background in both sales and religious studies, Megan Husband has been selling Milwaukee as an attractive destination for the faith-based meetings market since 2008. VISIT Milwaukee is proud of Connect Faith’s prestigious recognition of Megan as one of this year’s ‘Agents of Change’,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The entire list of recognized honorees and individual profiles can be found at faith.connectmeetings.com/2016-agents-of-change.

For more about Connect Faith, visit faith.connectmeetings.com

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 $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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 16, 2016

Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Stuart Nelson, BVA Communications Manager
Before August 20: 202-371-8880
August 20-27 (cell): 571-332-1757
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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26
Annual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — August 16, 2016 – Blinded veterans from across the country will come together August 22-26 at the Wisconsin Center and Hilton Milwaukee City Center for the 71st National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). The Association is a congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of America’s blind and visually impaired veterans and their families.

Several hundred delegates and other convention attendees, among them veterans who have recently experienced vision loss from injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, will set BVA’s course for its upcoming fiscal year and participate in a variety of information sessions.

Highlights of the convention will be:

  • Exhibit Hall in the convention center open to the public August 23-24, featuring Internet surfing by speech, low-vision simulators, audible money identifiers and scanners, mobility aids and guide dogs for independent living, audible Global Positioning System products and more.
  • Luncheon on Thursday, August 25, with remarks by BVA of Wisconsin Regional Group President John Carter. John Carter is a Vietnam veteran whose career as a Milwaukee cop was cut short by a shotgun blast that cost him his eyesight. He later graduated from Marquette University Law School and became a distinguished attorney, highly respected by local lawyers and politicians.

A key financial supporter of this year’s gathering is Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a leading researcher into the causes and treatment of Non-24, a circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Other major sponsors of the BVA convention are NuEyes, America’s VetDogs, National Industries for the Blind, Eschenbach, En-Vision America, Uber, LS&S, and Sprint.

BVA’s membership of approximately 8,500 and convention attendees include blinded veterans from the state of Wisconsin. All BVA members share a common bond as legally blind veterans. They resolve to help one another understand and receive the rightful benefits they earned through their service. The Association also represents the interests of its members before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages all blinded veterans to participate in VA blind rehabilitation programs.

For more information on Blinded Veterans Association, visit bva.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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