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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Launches New Tourism Website for Wauwatosa

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-507-9009
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VISIT Milwaukee Launches New Tourism Website for Wauwatosa

New website to increase awareness and tourism dollars in neighboring city

MILWAUKEE– (Feb. 10, 2015) –VISIT Milwaukee launched a new tourism website, VISITWauwatosa.org, for its strategic partner Wauwatosa. Wauwatosa is an integral part of Milwaukee’s tourism scene, and the new website helps to centralize visitor information for travelers looking to discover the charm and unique attributes of Milwaukee’s neighbor to the west.

The content and backend functionality of VISITWauwatosa.org leverages VISIT Milwaukee’s own website and business listings to provide information regarding all of the fun things to see and do in the Wauwatosa area, including shopping, culinary experiences, sports and recreation, exploring the charming historic Village district and more.

“Leveraging VISIT Milwaukee’s expertise in destination marketing, the new website is a great resource for out-of-town visitors, as it features information about accommodations, including an on-site booking widget, plus custom articles, photos and videos, event and business listings to encourage travel to Tosa,” said Megan Gaus, senior director of marketing and communications at VISIT Milwaukee.

The website also contains year-round activities, including festivals and art fairs, as well as insider tips on restaurants, nightlife and summer hot spots, such as the TOSA Pool and attached beer garden, The Landing.

“I’m excited about this new tool that helps visitors discover all Wauwatosa has to offer,” said Kathy Ehley, Mayor of Wauwatosa. “As a VISIT Milwaukee partner, we worked closely with them to develop a fun, creative site to promote tourism in our City and generate a greater economic impact for us. We look forward to seeing the site evolve.”

For those tourists who wish to learn more about Wauwatosa, the website provides several special interest pieces regarding the history of the city, nearby medical centers and colleges and universities. 

For more information about Wauwatosa, please visit www.VISITWauwatosa.org.

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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Midwest Twisters Invitational Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Wisconsin Center Feb 13-15

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Katy Deardorff
Manager Communications
414-287-4255    
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Kathy Nelson
Midwest Twisters
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Midwest Twisters Invitational Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Wisconsin Center Feb 13-15

MILWAUKEE – February 10, 2014 – Local gymnastics organization Midwest Twisters teams up with Hal’s Harley-Davidson for the 13th annual Midwest Twisters Gymnastics Invitational this weekend from February 13-15 at the Wisconsin Center.

Nearly 6,000 people will be in attendance at this outstanding three-day event, including boys and girls teams from seven states competing from USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Levels 2-10, NCAA, AAU and YMCA clubs.

According to Kathy Nelson of the Midwest Twisters, “At a time when child obesity is constantly in the news, it is our goal to promote general wellness and physical fitness through our many programs for children of all ages at locations across southeastern Wisconsin. With the generous support of families and the business community, thousands of children participate in Midwest Twisters programs. The Invitational provides an enriching and exciting experience for these talented young athletes.”

For the full schedule of events, see: http://www.midwesttwistersinvite.com/schedule

VISIT Milwaukee estimates a total economic impact to the city of $914,091.37.

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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Monday, February 09, 2015

Eighth Annual Anime Milwaukee Welcomes 7,500 this Weekend

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Katy Deardorff

VISIT Milwaukee
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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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For more information contact:

Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-507-9009
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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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