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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Milwaukee Gears Up for Halloween Thrills and Chills

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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
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Milwaukee Gears Up for Halloween Thrills and Chills

MILWAUKEE – (October 16, 2014) – With the cooler weather rolling in, it’s the perfect time to get a chill up your spine. Whether you're looking for historical haunts or terrifying thrills, Milwaukee has an attraction to match everyone’s spooky adventure.

Kick off the Halloween season with a trip to one of Milwaukee’s haunted houses. Enjoy a scare at the Wisconsin Fear Grounds, rated the best haunted house in Wisconsin and one of the best haunts in America for the past four consecutive years. Experience the terrifying trails at The Hills Have Eyes or explore the Mars Haunted House right on Historic Mitchell Street, voted as the number one haunted house in the Milwaukee area.

Seek a more realistic experience and wander through Milwaukee’s “Bloody” Third Ward and learn local folklore and ghost stories with Milwaukee Ghost Tours. On the way, tour Forest Home Cemetery and you may find the city’s most famous beer barons out for a posthumous stroll.

The most daring take a ghost tour or spend a night at Shaker’s Cigar Bar. Built in 1894 in the Historic Walker's Point Area of Milwaukee, the building was voted one of the five most haunted bars in America. Those seeking a night of thrill can also spend an evening in Brumder Mansion. Rumor has it that Milwaukee’s most romantic inn is also one of the most haunted buildings in Brew City.

It’s not all scary in Brew City this Halloween. Celebrate immigrant folklore and traditions at Old World Wisconsin’s Halloween Legends and Lore event for family-friendly fun. Spend an afternoon at the Milwaukee County Zoo for Halloween Spooktacular, a weekend filled with trick-or-treating and fall activities.

If you’re in town for the holiday weekend and want to take a step back from the Halloween thrills, why not check out the Milwaukee Ballet, which will premiere the classic Don Quixote. The family-friendly performance is about a hero and his comedic companion as they travel through Spain in search of adventure and love.

For more information about Milwaukee’s haunting thrills and fall fun for the whole family, consult visitmilwaukee.org/itineraries.

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 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, October 07, 2014

DearMKE to Premiere Four New Films at Milwaukee Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 9

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
414-915-9015
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DearMKE to Premiere Four New Films at Milwaukee Film Festival
on Thursday, Oct. 9

MILWAUKEE— (October 7, 2014) – DearMKE, the innovative film series launched in 2012 which tells the Milwaukee story through unique perspectives, will premiere four new films in a spotlight presentation on the closing night of the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival at 5:30 PM  on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Oriental Theatre. The four films – BUILDMOTO (Matt Mixon, director), COOKING WITH KUMAR (Frankie Latina, director), LO WITH THE FRO (Jessica Farrell, director), and TOUR DE SPACE (Blyth Meier, director) – tell stories of urban youth building motorcycles, the city’s culinary scene, Marquette University student life and Milwaukee architecture.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival, both as a sponsor of the festival and to premiere our latest DearMKE films among the many phenomenal films shown during this festival,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of Visit Milwaukee. “These films are just another way to show off the tremendous love we have for the city, while sharing some of the incredible stories there are to tell.”

All of the videos in this series have been locally filmed, produced and directed, making DearMKE truly a love letter from Milwaukee to Milwaukee. With the debut of these films, there will be a total of 14 films in the series, each showcasing a unique Milwaukee story.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to Dearmke.com.

DearMKE is on Facebook (Facebook.com/DearMKE) and Twitter (Twitter.com/DearMKE).

Additional information on the screening and ticket purchase is available at http://mkefilm.org/dear-mke/ Tickets are selling quickly.

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 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 27, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Releases DearMKE Film Featuring MONDO LUCHA!

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
414-915-9015
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VISIT Milwaukee Releases DearMKE Film Featuring MONDO LUCHA!

The newest film depicts the iconic Milwaukee wrestling event to take place Sept. 5

MILWAUKEE— (Aug 27, 2014) – VISIT Milwaukee has released its tenth DearMKE film on DearMKE.com, this time showcasing MONDO LUCHA!. This colorful annual event, featuring High Flyin’ Pro wrestlers, national burlesque acts and musical performances, will take place on Sept. 5th at 8 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall.

The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at MONDO LUCHA!, which co-creator and executive producer Andy Gorzalski describes as a “crazy variety show” and a “Muppet show for adults”. Gorzalski is also a producer at Milwaukee advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt.

The annual event debuted in 2008 and has since become a quintessential, Milwaukee-made extravaganza that features both national and local talent, including this year’s music headliner, Body Futures, a Milwaukee-based band. A leader in the Indy wrestling scene, Milwaukee’s MONDO LUCHA! draws hundreds of people to the Turner Hall Ballroom each year. 

“This is just another great example of how Milwaukee shines through the creative and talented individuals who live and work here,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.  “Mondo Lucha! is such a unique event, we felt we needed to capture the story in our DearMKE series.”

The DearMKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

DearMKE paints a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to build Milwaukee’s image, attract new businesses, bring more visitors to town and, of course, build the pride of the individuals who live here.

People can also upload their own pictures and stories to the website.  To see an additional 1,000+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love and city pride, go to DearMKE.com.

DearMKE can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Share your Milwaukee pride by tagging Instagram and Twitter images with the hashtag #DearMKE.

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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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
414.915.9015
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VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

MILWAUKEE— (August 19, 2014) – Marco Bloemendaal will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as senior vice president of sales effective Sept. 8. In his position, Bloemendaal will direct the VISIT Milwaukee sales and service teams in their efforts to attract national and regional conventions, as well as provide superior service to conventions when they arrive in Milwaukee.

“Marco Bloemendaal’s extensive sales leadership experience in hotels, major meetings and leisure destinations and secondary markets will be very helpful to our efforts to sell Milwaukee in today’s competitive market,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “We are excited to welcome Marco to Milwaukee.”

Bloemendaal is currently senior vice president of convention sales and services for VISIT Seattle. He also spent five years as director of convention sales at Experience Columbus and four years as senior national sales executive at the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A native of the Netherlands, Marco spent eight years in both hotel operations and sales in Amsterdam, including two years as director of international sales, North America for more than 60 hotel properties in Europe, where his major accounts were located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

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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