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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Milwaukee Robotics Competition March 24-26

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susy Quinones
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Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Milwaukee Robotics Competition March 24-26
53 teams compete at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

MILWAUKEE – March 21, 2016 – Robots rule at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena March 24-26 when 53 high school teams from around the country, including 38 teams from Wisconsin, compete in the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is called “the hardest fun you’ll ever have” by participating high-school student participants. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship in St. Louis.

In this year’s field game, FIRST STRONGHOLD, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it. For a Youtube clip describing this game, click here.

Competition Schedule:

Thursday 3/24

  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. | Robot testing, inspection and practice

Friday 3/25

  • 8:30 a.m. | Opening ceremony
  • 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Qualification matches
  • 5:45 p.m. | Awards ceremony

Saturday 3/26

  • 8:30 a.m. | Opening ceremony
  • 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Qualification (a.m.), final rounds (p.m.)
  • 4:30 p.m. | Awards and closing

More about FIRST Robotics: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc or the video 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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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Midwest Food Service Expo serves up industry trends March 7-9

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tracy Kosbau, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
800-589-3211 (o)
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Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Midwest Food Service Expo serves up industry trends March 7-9

March 1, 2016 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Thousands of foodservice and hospitality professionals are expected to attend the Midwest Foodservice Expo from March 7-9, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They come to the Expo to taste, touch and test what’s new in the industry: new trends, new products, new menu items, new ways to better serve customers.

The Expo is focused on the latest trends in the foodservice industry that consumers will be looking to see in their local restaurants and other foodservice operations. This year there’s a strong emphasis on continuing trends in sustainability, the art of crafting beer, food trucks, buy local, and restaurant marketing.

Expo highlights:

  • “Sustainable Living” area featuring composting, live wall herb garden and aquaponics – all viable concepts for restaurants
  • “Buy Local Conference” March 8-9 with introductory and advanced-level training sessions to help foodservice operators better understand how they can bring local sourcing into their business
  • Marketing Symposium March 7-8 with nearly a dozen sessions for foodservice operators with tips on how to collect and analyze data, better engage customers, build a strong brand and just plain get noticed in a noisy marketplace
  • Something Special from Wisconsin pavilion featuring Wisconsin products
  • Wisconsin Cheese & Dairy specialty area
  • Beer Garden dedicated to the art of beer
  • Food Trucks on display
  • Specialized training and resources to help foodservice businesses effectively deal with one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today: recruiting and retaining good employees that are the right fit
  • Pastry Studio with hands on workshops on macarons, pies, buttercream decorating, bagels and dark chocolate peanut sea salt tarts
  • Cake and tabletop competitions with stunning displays
  • Seth Mattison, workforce strategist and generational expert, kicks off the Expo on Monday March 7 at 10:00 a.m. with his keynote address "Gen-Power: Unleashing the Potential of Every Generation"
  • Thousands of innovative products, equipment and services featured in the exhibit hall

The Midwest Foodservice Expo is open to foodservice industry personnel only and provides ideal networking opportunities for the entire industry. For more information on registration and schedule: everythingfoodservice.org.

For more information on the Wisconsin Restaurant Association: wirestaurant.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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Thursday, February 18, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee website launches foreign language feature

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Settle, Communications Director
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230 (o)
414-477-7202 (c)

 

VISIT Milwaukee website launches foreign language feature

February 18, 2016 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Willkommen, Bienvenue, Bienvenidos! In an effort to reach out to foreign visitors and increase Milwaukee’s international exposure, VISIT Milwaukee has launched a “bucket list” of the area’s major attractions in ten languages on its website.

The languages – German, Spanish, French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Polish – were selected based on recent experience with international visitors and foreign press, taking local resident ethnic groups into consideration, and projecting ahead to expanded tourism from countries like China.

“The city’s strong ethnic heritage, increased international business, and world famous attractions such as the Harley-Davidson Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum are bringing in growing numbers of people from around the world. In just the last two years, VISIT Milwaukee has hosted 22 foreign travel journalists and recorded 53 stories in international media,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

This is just the initial phase of a larger, comprehensive marketing and sales initiative to drive international business and leisure travel to Milwaukee. Future plans include further customization of online information provided to the ten language groups, along with marketing materials and printed collateral, making VISIT Milwaukee a resource of international information for local residents, businesses and organizations.

“Milwaukee’s international reputation is growing, both as a leisure destination on beautiful Lake Michigan and as home to major international corporations. Although many visitors have a general knowledge of English, they appreciate a city that goes the extra mile to welcome them in their own language. We want to ensure that their visit is a great one,” said Upchurch.

See the new, mobile-friendly website feature here: http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/international

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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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Milwaukee named one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Settle, Communications Director
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230 (o)
414-477-7202 (c)

 

Milwaukee named one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2016

Feb 9, 2016 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company, released its annual list of the top 10 best places to go in the United States in 2016. Milwaukee was ranked #10.

Lonely Planet’s Best in the US 2016 list is a diverse mix of cities, regions and states across the country that are poised to shine in the year ahead – places often-overlooked, hidden gems and household names with new reasons to visit in 2016. This year, national treasure Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Natchez, Mississippi, and Yellowstone National Park took the top three spots.

Now in its 6th year, Lonely Planet’s Best in the US is a handpicked list selected and ranked by the US-based editors and travel writers at Lonely Planet to point to the top 10 most exciting, intriguing and up-and-coming US destinations worth visiting in the year ahead.

“These are the places to pay attention to in 2016,” said US Destination Editor Rebecca Warren at Lonely Planet. “Whether they’ve been on the public radar for years or are only recently emerging as travel hotspots, each destination offers compelling reasons to visit this year.”

This is the second time that Milwaukee was listed as a top travel destination this year. It was named by the Boston Globe as a “hot place to travel” for 2016.

“Everyone is talking about Milwaukee. The amazing attractions, world class cuisine, stunning lakefront, unique neighborhoods, and fantastic hotels are what make it a top destination,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, the region’s destination marketing organization. “The city – and the entire region – has come into its own.”

The list is available online, with accompanying articles to each destination. Best in the US 2016 will also be featured in the second edition of the new US Lonely Planet magazine, on newsstands March 24, 2016.

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.

About Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel media company, providing inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, Lonely Planet has cultivated a dedicated traveler community and printed more than 130 million books in 13 different languages to most destinations on the planet. The Lonely Planet ecosystem also includes digital and mobile apps, a comprehensive ebook portfolio, 12 international magazines, an award-winning website and over 8.5 million followers on social media, including a new magazine in the US and the all-new Guides app, available January 28, 2016. Visit us at lonelyplanet.com, and join us on Facebook (facebook.com/lonelyplanet), Twitter (@lonelyplanet and #lp) and Instagram (instagram.com/lonelyplanet).

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