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Monday, July 13, 2015

Historic Brewery Bike Tour on Tap this Weekend

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Justin Schmitz, Owner/Manager                                       
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Historic Brewery Bike Tour on Tap this Weekend
Hop Head Beer Tours launches new tour in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — July 13, 2015— Madison’s Hop Head Beer Tours invites you to grab your bike and a buddy and hit the road when it launches its Historic Brewery Bike Tour in Milwaukee on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tours are led by passionate advocates of craft beer, with an emphasis on education and discussion about beer brewing in Milwaukee. The tour visits the sites of the Beer Titans – Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Miller – and includes a stop at Milwaukee Ale House for a small sampling. Last stop is Lakefront Brewery for its famous brewery tour.

The price is $55/person and includes two tour guides, history at each location, a sampling at Milwaukee Ale House, and the tour and beer at Lakefront Brewery.

For more information: www.hopheadtours.com

Twitter: @HopHeadBeerTour

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopheadbeertours

Hop Head Tours: “On a Mission to Provide Safe, Fun, Educational Tours of Craft Beer Breweries and Beer-Related Attractions.”

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, July 08, 2015

Milwaukee to host Skate Milwaukee 2015 July 8-12

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Diane Blacher, Chair
Wisconsin Figure Skating Club
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Milwaukee to host Skate Milwaukee 2015 July 8-12
Free admission to figure skating competition at the Kern Center

MILWAUKEE (July 7, 2015) – The 11th annual Skate Milwaukee Figure Skating Competition will be held this weekend July 8-12 at the Kern Center on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. This premiere event is hosted by the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club and sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating.

This year’s event features U.S. junior pairs champions Caitlin Fields and Ernie Utah Stevens and U.S. junior women’s champion Bradie Tennel.

The men’s division will include Team USA member and U.S. medalist Ricky Dornbush, along with Australian champion and Olympian Brendan Kerry. Rising Argentine skater Denis Margalik will also be in the field of competitors.

On October 23-25, Milwaukee will also serve as host to 2015 Skate America, the first event of the 2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Skate America will bring current Olympic and World figure skaters to Milwaukee, including athletes such as U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, who will also compete at Skate Milwaukee this weekend.

World officials will judge the competitors at Skate Milwaukee and give feedback. Chief referee Gale Tanger is a World and Olympic referee and judge and a resident of Wauwatosa. Joining her will be Alexander Lakernik from Moscow, chair of the World Technical Committee for rules, and Sam Auxier, president of U.S. Figure Skating. All recently officiated at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Skating will take place all day from Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12. Premier events will be senior pairs on Thursday afternoon from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and senior men from 1:30-2:00 p.m., and also on Friday evening with senior pairs from 7:30-8:15 and senior ladies from 8:15-9:30 p.m. senior ladies.

Admission is free at the Kern Center. Parking is in adjacent structures to the arena.

For further information, see Skate Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club and the schedule here.

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, July 01, 2015

Mitchell Airport celebrates Alaska Airlines launch of nonstop flights to Seattle

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Mitchell Airport celebrates Alaska Airlines launch of nonstop flights to Seattle

MILWAUKEE (July 1, 2015) – Alaska Airlines kicked off its new daily nonstop service between Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this afternoon.

“Alaska Airlines has developed a great reputation among travelers and will be well-received in Milwaukee. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Alaska to MKE,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “The new route launched today strengthens our west coast service while allowing for easy connections to the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.”

County Executive Abele and Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., passed out samples of Colectivo Coffee to each passenger arriving from Seattle to commemorate the first flight and welcome travelers to Milwaukee.

Alaska’s new nonstop service to Seattle is operated with spacious Embraer E175 jets, featuring 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi Internet access, streaming inflight entertainment and 110 volt power in every first class seat. Hot meals and picnic packs are available for purchase, in addition to Northwest microbrews and wine.

“Milwaukee is an exciting new destination for our customers in the Pacific Northwest,” said John Kirby, Alaska’s vice president of capacity planning. “In Seattle we love our music, so it’s only fitting that we’re launching our new service to the ‘City of Festivals’ smack in the middle of Summerfest.”

Alaska Airlines, based in Seattle, serves more than 100 destinations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Flights can be booked online at alaskaair.com.

Mitchell Airport offers nonstop flights to 39 destinations coast-to-coast, and 160 international destinations are available from Milwaukee with just one connection. MKE is also served by Southwest, Delta, United, American/US Airways, Frontier, Air Canada, and OneJet. The complete list of nonstop cities is online at mitchellairport.com.

General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Names 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors

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Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE— (June 22, 2015) – VISIT Milwaukee has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2015-16. New to the Board this year is Joseph Khairallah, COO Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Officers:

Chair Aldo Madrigrano * Beer Capitol Inc.
Vice-Chair Omar Shaikh * SURG Restaurant Group
Treasurer/Secretary Lynda Kohler * SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Past Chair Paul Mathews * Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
President & CEO Paul Upchurch * VISIT Milwaukee
Assistant Secretary Dana Jones  * VP of Finance & Administration, VISIT Milwaukee
     

Board Members:

Rafael Acevedo City of Milwaukee
Tyler Barnes Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Bartolotta Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Bill Davidson Harley-Davidson Museum
Mayor Kathy Ehley * City of Wauwatosa
Paulette Enders City of Wauwatosa
Deborah Farris Danceworks
Rick Frenette Wisconsin State Fair
Jeremy Fojut Newaukee
Cecilia Gilbert City of Milwaukee
Ralph Hollmon The Milwaukee Urban League
Dan Keegan Milwaukee Art Museum
Joseph Khairallah * Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Lynda Kohler * SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Harold Mester Milwaukee County/General Mitchell International Airport
Rose Murack Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West
David Murphy Marquette University
Ald. Bobby Pantuso City of Wauwatosa
Laurette Pettibone Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Omar Shaikh * SURG Restaurant Group
Don Smiley Summerfest
John Steinmiller * Milwaukee Bucks
Teig Whaley-Smith * Milwaukee County
Rick Wiegand Ambassador Hotel
Chuck Wikenhauser Milwaukee County Zoo
Ald. Terry Witkowski * City of Milwaukee

*Denotes Executive Committee

As the image and tourism marketing organization for the greater Milwaukee area, VISIT Milwaukee is responsible for growing our local tourism economy, generating revenues for local business, increasing taxes paid by tourists and growing tourism-related jobs.

Board Directors volunteer their time to assist in providing overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and by advocating its mission to the community. The Board assists in developing the strategic plan, and helps the organization achieve its goals through participation in committees and Board meetings.

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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