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Monday, March 25, 2013

Upchurch Named Chair of Wisconsin Tourism Council

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Upchurch Named Chair of Wisconsin Tourism Council

MILWAUKEE – March 25, 2013 – Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett announced that Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, has been elected as the new chairman of the Governor’s Council on Tourism.

Most of the twenty-one members of the Council are appointed by the Governor and represent all walks of tourism life. All are experienced in marketing, and act as a sounding board for the Department of Tourism as it develops annual tourism plans. Members also serve on subcommittees dedicated to grant reviews, general marketing, meetings and conventions and sports marketing.

Upchurch has led VISIT Milwaukee since 2010 and has more than 30 years in the tourism industry as general manager of major convention hotels, and also serving as vice president of hotel operations at Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

“I am honored to chair the prestigious Governor’s Council on Tourism as it builds on the success it has garnered in the past few years, said Upchurch, who takes over his one-year term immediately.

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s portal for traveler information can be found at: www.travelwisconsin.com .

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., 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, March 18, 2013

Take a Top Five Family Vacation Without Your Wallet

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Take a Top Five Family Vacation Without Your Wallet

The “Great Milwaukee Family Getaway” Makes It Easy

MILWAUKEE – March 18, 2013 Voted by the travel experts at ShermansTravel.com as a Top Five Family Vacation, Milwaukee is a fun-filled, affordable and easy-to-get-to destination for families. With spring break on the horizon and gas prices and flight costs on the rise, finding a fun family vacation spot can be challenging. But Milwaukee is pulling out all the stops and offering a chance to take the whole family on a getaway – for free.

From a ride through space in a virtual reality chamber to family-friendly competition at one of the nation’s most popular game and restaurant experiences, there’s plenty to explore no matter the time of year. Now families can win a package todo it all FOR FREE by entering our “Great Milwaukee Family Getaway.” Click here for details on the package worth more than $1,000.

Stay in the City
The Hilton Milwaukee offers a family-friendly getaway in the heart of the city. Everyone will enjoy spacious rooms and casual dining at The Café and parents may be tempted to sneak away to the Monarch Room, a cool lounge with a “Mad Men” vibe.

Where the Wild Things Are
See the king of the jungle, a sea of colorful butterflies, and slithering, swimming and swinging creatures at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Take a ride on the Safari Train and don’t forget to get a heaping scoop of Wisconsin ice cream at the Dairy Store located in the Family Farm area before you go!

Discover the Possibilities
Transport the family from Portugal to outer space in seconds in the virtual reality chamber at Discovery World, featuring interactive exhibits that fuse innovation, science and education. See the inside of a nuclear reactor, view life under the sea at the aquarium and feel the sensation of flying an airplane.

From Jurassic Park to Edge of the Universe
See the kids’ faces light up as they see larger-than-life dinosaurs, brilliantly-colored butterflies and ancient mummies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Treat them for good behavior at the candy shop in the Streets of Old Milwaukee on the way to a showing of the stars and planets in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, Wisconsin’s largest.

Get Ready to Rumble
The world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum offers something for the entire family through its exhibits and interactive experiences. Kids of all ages will have a blast sitting on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles ranging from the World War II era to present, or using touch screen technology to hear the signature sound of Harley-Davidson engines. Kids must stop by the Imagination Station Kids Area that includesa coloring table, motorcycle-themed books and dress-up biker clothes. After getting dressed in their ridinggear, kids can hop on the kid-sized motorcycle and (pretend to) leave their parents in the dust!

Fun Under Glass
Walking in to three, 85-foot high, glass domes is an experience in itself, but once you get inside – a world of nature’s wonders awaits! Visit the jungle, the desert and see a blanket of spring color in a sea of tulips, all indoors at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, known lovingly as the Milwaukee Domes.

Mom, I’m hungry!
After you’ve worked up an appetite visiting Milwaukee’s most active attractions, refuel at family-friendly dining spots throughout the city.

Dave & Buster’s serves up a variety of dishes like steaks, ribs and pasta that please adult palates as well as a special kids menu full of favorites. And that means everyone leaves happy. With a game arcade, shuffleboard, bowling, billiards and more, it’s a great place for an afternoon or evening of family fun!

Got picky kids? No problem! The Milwaukee Public Market’s nearly 20 specialty food vendors offer something for every taste from grilled cheese and made-to-order deli sandwiches to a full lobster dinner and Mexican fare.

After you visit hog heaven at the Harley-Davidson Museum, head to MOTOR BAR & RESTAURANT for some American Classic dining. Enjoy a bowl of Motor’s award-winning chili, house smoked BBQ pork sandwich or the monstrous bacon stuffed burger. Any choice will be a great choice within the communal atmosphere that Harley enthusiasts are known for.

Breakfast is what we’re talking about at The Original Pancake House. Its signature items include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection to create a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.

For details on how to experience these great family-friendly experiences in Milwaukee on us, click here

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, 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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Friday, March 15, 2013

Milwaukee Wins First Round Contest to Host Influential Social Media Conference

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Milwaukee Wins First Round Contest to Host Influential Social Media Conference

Community Support Needed to Help Milwaukee Beat Branson, Mo. in Second Round

MILWAUKEE – March 15, 2013 Thanks to votes from more than 1,300 proud Milwaukeeans, Milwaukee has secured a spot as an “Elite Eight” destination in the running to host the 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium. Now Milwaukee goes head-to-head against Branson, Mo. in a bracket-style competition beginning Monday, March 18 – and that means it’s time to rally more votes for a Milwaukee win.

The 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium (SoMeT), an annual convention attended by hundreds of savvy social media professionals in the tourism industry, will take place in November. The meeting brings attendees to its host city from all across the nation to discuss social media best practices, trends and tools specific to the tourism industry, pumping an estimated $350,000 into the local economy. The selection process for the host destination, a tournament-style vote via social media, requires the help of thousands to land the business.

Community pride in the first round of voting was strong, helping Milwaukee sail past five of 13 destinations that were eliminated from the running based on vote totals. Milwaukee scored third-highest overall, behind Hunstville, Ala.  and Missoula, Mont. Other destinations that survived the first vote include Cleveland, Ohio, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla., Branson, Mo., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Indianapolis, Ind.

On Monday, March 18, Milwaukee will challenge Branson, Mo. in a 12-hour match with only one destination moving forward in the competition and advancing to the third round of voting.

VISIT Milwaukee is encouraging Milwaukee to band together, show its pride and vote MKE for a win against Branson!

When to vote: Monday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How to vote: Find a DIRECT LINK TO VOTING on the VISIT Milwaukee Facebook page (The link will not be live until 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18)
Then what? Share with friends, families and networks!

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.5 billion in spending n Greater Milwaukee in 2010 and supported more than 61,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, 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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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Super Bowl of Theatre Tech & Design at Wisconsin Center March 20-23

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Super Bowl of Theatre Tech & Design at Delta Center March 20-23

MILWAUKEE – March 14, 2013 – Milwaukee becomes the epicenter for all the latest in theatre lighting, sound systems, special effects, costumes, make-up and more when the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) holds its 53rd Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Milwaukee next week. Thousands of theatrical designers and technicians from across the country will descend on the Delta Center from March 20-23 for seminars, workshops and an Expo of cutting-edge technology.

The four-day USITT Conference brings many of the brightest stars behind the scenes of American theatre together to share ideas, inspiration and innovations in the field of entertainment design and technology.

Celebrity highlights include a March 23 appearance by 2012 Tony Award-winning scenic designer Donyale Werle and her campaign for “green theatre,” and several winners of 2013 USITT Distinguished Achievement Awards including world-famous set and costume designer Desmond Heeley, who won his first Tony in 1968 and his last in 2011.

The Stage Expo will feature companies such as Flying by Foy, which will be “flying” people on a cabled prop motorcycle as Milwaukee is known for motorcycles.  One of the many Professional Development seminars will be given by the Milwaukee Repertory Props Master, Jim Guy, who will address the group on “Firearm Safety for the Stage.”

USITT has not convened in Milwaukee since 1990 and the event has grown significantly since. 2013 will be the biggest ever, with over 175 workshops and special events and over 200 companies represented on the largest theatre tradeshow floor in America.

“We are very excited to bring our Annual Conference and Stage Expo to Milwaukee,” said USITT Executive Director David Grindle. “Besides having several great hotels accessible to the Delta Center and 120 restaurants within walking distance, Milwaukee has wonderful arts organizations, many of which will be included in our workshops, seminars and tours.”

USITT will fill 5,000 rooms in three hotels with attendees from all over – from designers for Disney, Cirque du Soleil and the Prague Quadrennial to university performing arts programs such as Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University, and even small Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wis., which is sending 25 students and faculty to what it calls “the Super Bowl of theatre technology and design.”

The Conference will also showcase local performing arts groups and theatre venues through several “Only in Milwaukee” sessions – on costuming the Milwaukee Ballet, preserving historic theatres such as the Pabst Theater, and serving youth through the Milwaukee Ballet Academy, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and First Stage Children’s Theatre.

Tours include a walking tour of Milwaukee theatres and a trip to Madison to visit the world headquarters of Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) and its famous founder Fred Foster, and the multi-theatre Overture Center designed by architect Cesar Pelli.

USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo is the performing arts industry‘s leading event for education, networking and resourcing of theatre products and services. Besides the Conference, USITT provides year-round networking, education and awards opportunities to 4,000 members of the performing arts and entertainment technology industry.

For more information about the USITT Conference, please visit www.usitt.org/2013.

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011 and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, Inc., 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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