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Monday, February 09, 2015

Eighth Annual Anime Milwaukee Welcomes 7,500 this Weekend

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Katy Deardorff

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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
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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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VISIT Milwaukee
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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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Monday, January 12, 2015

Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-18

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Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-18

Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor to conduct sold-out clinic Friday night

Milwaukee – January 12, 2015 – Volleyball teams from all over the Midwest descend on the Wisconsin Center this weekend, January 16-18, for the Wisconsin Juniors Winter Classic. More than 3,000 athletes, coaches, staff and spectators are expected to be in attendance at this annual event, which brings teams of ages 12-18 together for friendly competition in Open and Club divisions.

According to Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Executive Director Jim Neave, “In three years the Winter Classic has grown over 50% from 120 teams in 2013 to over 190 teams in 2015. This is evidence that the sport is on the rise both regionally and nationally. If you’re a volleyball enthusiast or just want to see what this is all about, come check it out this weekend.”

Competition starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will end around 8:00 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend.

A very special highlight for the participants this year is the Dream in Gold Volleyball Clinic given by Misty May-Treanor at the Wisconsin Center from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. The clinic is sold-out and closed to the public. Approximately 120 young athletes are participating in this clinic to learn from three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and her coaching staff. The Dream in Gold Clinic Series represents the highest quality in youth sports education in the professional sports world. Acting as a mentor to young athletes, Misty provides hands-on instruction, quality direction of the experience and her ability to connect with youth. According to Misty, "These kids inspire me. They are my heroes and the reason that I am excited about the future of volleyball." Misty doesn't just talk volleyball. She teaches the young athletes about self-respect, setting goals and going after their dreams. Misty encourages young people to believe in their ability to succeed through the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance. 

More information about the Dream in Gold Clinics can be found at www.dreamingold.com.

Due to the high level of competition, the Winter Classic also provides an opportunity for college coaches from around the country to recruit players from the many athletes who will go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Wisconsin Juniors encourages the tremendous growth of the sport by offering state-of-the-art equipment to train athletes at the Lakeview Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, just minutes north of the Illinois border and 30 minutes south of Milwaukee. Directors, coaches and staff are committed to providing athletes with the highest level of practice training, strength and conditioning, tournament competition and recruiting services. 

According to the organization, Milwaukee is a great fit for this event at this time of the year because of the hotels connected to the Wisconsin Center. Economic impact to the city is estimated at $626,000.

For more information on Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball, see: http://www.wisconsinjuniors.com/

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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