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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle Wins Big for PCMA Foundation

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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle Wins Big for PCMA Foundation

VISIT Milwaukee and Bill Davidson draw lucky winner in Austin

MILWAUKEE— (January 11, 2017) – It’s not often that Bill Davidson himself presents you with your hot-off-the-assembly-line H-D FLHX Street Glide motorcycle. Davidson joined VISIT Milwaukee at the annual convention of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in Austin to hand over the keys to the lucky PCMA Foundation raffle winner on Tuesday.

Thousands of convention and meeting planners, along with representatives of destination marketing organizations, are in attendance at PCMA’s annual “Convening Leaders” convention from January 8-11, acknowledged as one of the premier meetings industry conventions.

This year VISIT Milwaukee stepped up with the idea of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle in support of the PCMA Foundation’s annual fundraising effort associated with the convention. The foundation is committed to professional development through grants for scholarships, educational programming and research for innovation in the meetings industry.

According to Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, “We were happy to play a big part in this annual fund drive, which has brought in more than $40,000 to the PCMA Foundation, one of the highest grossing results in recent years. Our thanks go out to our local partner, Bill Davidson, for his willingness to help us in this effort.”

Bill Davidson, great-grandson of one of the co-founders of Harley-Davidson and current Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, travelled to Austin to support the fundraising effort and help promote Milwaukee as a convention destination. Opened in 2008, the museum is the only one of its kind and has put Milwaukee on the map as the mecca for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and visitors from around the world. Also popular as an off-site meetings and reception venue in Milwaukee, the Harley-Davidson Museum offers a fun, dynamic atmosphere with flexible indoor and outdoor space for groups from 10 to 10,000.

VISIT Milwaukee invited the lucky winner of the motorcycle – Valerie Sumner, principle, VRS Meetings and Events, Inc. – to take the legendary Harley-Davidson “ride home” to Milwaukee with her meeting business!

To find out more about Milwaukee as a great meetings destination, go to: http://visitmilwaukee.org/meeting-planners.

About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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, November 29, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee awarded top marketing honors

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For more information contact:
Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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VISIT Milwaukee awarded top marketing honors
 
Milwaukee, Wis, - November 29, 2016 - VISIT Milwaukee has been awarded four 2016 MarCom Awards for its marketing and communications efforts. The MarCom Awards are an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. Entries come from non-profit and corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The awards are administered by the Association of Marketing & Communications (AMCP).
 
The judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talents exceed high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were over 6,500 entries from throughout the U.S., Canada, and 17 other countries in the MarCom Awards 2016 competition.
 
Award/Title of Entry/Category
 
The Platinum Award is the highest achievement, and the winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. Gold Award winners were judged and recognized by exceeding high standards of the industry norm. 
 
“Our VISIT Milwaukee team strives for excellence in promoting Milwaukee as a top destination. The MarCom Awards inspire us to continue to work towards being the best at what we do to position Milwaukee nationally and internationally,” said Megan Gaus Suardini, vice president of marketing & communications at VISIT Milwaukee.
 
About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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, November 17, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee names new Convention Sales Manager

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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VISIT Milwaukee names new Convention Sales Manager

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 17, 2016) — Laura Lutter Cole has joined the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as convention sales manager. In her position, Lutter Cole will focus on corporate business sales in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Ms. Lutter Cole comes to VISIT Milwaukee after six years with Marcus Hotels and Resorts, where she served as director of restaurant sales, and later as senior account executive, focusing on East Coast-based national associations and key corporate accounts.

“Laura’s experience with Marcus Hotels & Resorts makes her uniquely qualified to promote Milwaukee as a sought-after destination for the corporate market. We are happy to welcome her to the VISIT Milwaukee sales team,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO at VISIT Milwaukee.

A graduate of UW-La Crosse, Lutter Cole has also been honored as one of the Business Journal of Milwaukee’s “40 Under 40” as owner of a successful business on Brady Street, where she also served as president of the Brady Street Improvement District.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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, November 15, 2016

USA Gymnastics awards 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee

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For more information contact:
Jennifer Teitell, Content & Communications Manager
USA Gymnastics
317-829-5642
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or
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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USA Gymnastics awards 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 15, 2016) — USA Gymnastics announced that it has awarded the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee. The championships showcase more than 1,800 of the country’s best gymnasts in acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling.

Scheduled for June 27-July 2, Junior Olympic competition will be staged at the Wisconsin Center, with junior and senior elite competition to be held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center from June 29-July 1.

“Milwaukee will be the perfect host for this event,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Summertime is a beautiful season in Milwaukee and I am sure everyone will enjoy being there.”

Performances in Milwaukee will also determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. For rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, the competition will be part of the selection process for the 2017 World Championships. In addition, the USA Gymnastics Championships will be part of the selection process for the U.S. teams that will compete at the 2017 World Games, the equivalent of the Olympic Games for sports and events not included in the Olympics.

The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline.

VISIT Milwaukee is working in conjunction with USA Gymnastics on the championships. This is the event’s first trip to Milwaukee, which hosted the 2003 U.S. Championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics.

“Milwaukee is excited to welcome the USA Gymnastics Championships. As a great sports destination with passionate sports fans, we look forward to giving the athletes a memorable experience,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The estimated economic impact of the event to the Milwaukee area is $5.4 million.

The competition schedule will be available in the near future and tickets will go on sale in 2017.

About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to http://www.usagym.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 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 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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