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Monday, August 19, 2013

Connect Marketplace Attracts Hundreds of Meeting Planners to Milwaukee Aug 22-24

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Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
414.287.6230 
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Connect  Marketplace Attracts Hundreds of Meeting Planners to Milwaukee Aug 22-24

Milwaukee – August 19, 2013– It’s a dream come true for any convention bureau. More than 500 meeting planners from associations all over the country head to Milwaukee this week for the prestigious Connect Marketplace from August 22-24. Usually held in first-tier cities, the marketplace will be the biggest opportunity in VISIT Milwaukee’s history to showcase the greater Milwaukee area as an exciting meeting destination.

"This year’s Connect Marketplace is going to be phenomenal,” says Chris Collinson, president and publisher of Collinson Media and Events. “This is our largest event ever and Milwaukee is the perfect destination for the kickoff of our Connect Sports event, as well as a great setting for all of our association planners and suppliers to get business done. The support from the city has been terrific and we look forward to delivering an exciting show with high-quality appointments, outstanding relationship-building opportunities, and educational content that is relevant and timely for all of our participants.” 

Surveys of meeting planners have shown that the positive perception of Milwaukee as a meeting destination jumps markedly when planners visit the city. Hosting Connect Marketplace is an exceptionally rare opportunity to reach an unprecedented number of planners within a two-day period.

“Again and again we hear how surprised planners are to discover attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Discovery World, that also double as impressive offsite venues. The RiverWalk linking walkable neighborhoods, spectacular lakefront, proximity of the airport and attractive convention package make unexpected value-added selling points to planners looking for unique destinations.,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that more than 250 groups will convene in the city in 2013, accounting for 228,000 room nights and $140 million in economic impact to the greater Milwaukee area. According to a study by the Convention Industry Council in 2011, the U.S. meeting industry as a whole directly supports 1.7 million jobs and $263 billion in spending and contributes $106 billion to the gross domestic product.

For more about Connect Marketplace: http://connectyourmeetings.com/marketplace/

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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 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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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

STAMPSHOW Displays Exotic Stamps and more at Wisconsin Center August 8-11

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Jeannine Sherman
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Dana Guyer
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American Philatelic Society
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STAMPSHOW Displays Exotic Stamps and more at Wisconsin Center August 8-11

The American Philatelic Society invites all to nation’s largest stamp show

The "Inverted Jenny," stamp collecting's most famous upside down airplane.

 

Milwaukee – August 6, 2013– When is a picture of an inverted biplane named Jenny worth half a million dollars? When it inadvertently appeared on the nation’s first airmail postage stamp in 1918 and instantly became one of stamp collecting’s biggest prizes, selling at auction for $.5 million in 2005. No one is exactly sure how the invert happened in the original printing process, but avid stamp collectors immediately jumped at the opportunity to buy, sell and donate the “Inverted Jenny.” This rare stamp, featured in movie plots and even surviving German bombing raids during the Battle of Britain, will be displayed at the American Philatelic Society’s STAMPSHOW, the country’s largest annual postage stamp show at the Wisconsin Center August 8-11.

Admission to STAMPSHOW is free to the public and there is something for everyone from the experienced to the non-collector — exhibits, dealers, specialty collecting groups, seminars and much more. The show is expected to attract 6,000 attendees at an estimated economic impact to the Milwaukee area of $1.7 million according to VISIT Milwaukee.

What to do at STAMPSHOW —

  • “Shop ’til You Drop” — More than 100 dealers will be selling stamps from around the world, hobby supplies, and other stamp-related materials — postcards, items of postal history, illustrated envelopes, etc. Prices will range from a dime to a dollar and up. Dealers also will be buying. (http://www.stamps.org/SS-Dealers)
  • Get Into Collecting in the Stamp Zone — The Zone is a kids-only fun area — games, puzzles, activities, stamps, and more stamps.
  • Buy Stamps from the United States Postal Service — The USPS will have a stamp counter, merchandise area, and First Day cancels.
  • Bid Early and Often at the Live Auctions — Regency Superior and Harmer-Schau auction houses will bring the hammer down on several live auctions during the show.
  • Attend Four First Day Ceremonies — A First Day Ceremony is the official unveiling of a new stamp release. The United States Postal Service will issue the Flag for All Seasons Booklet. This set of stamps depicts the Stars and Stripes during each season. In addition, the USPS will issue the Bobcat stamp and the Folk Art Eagle stamped envelope. The United Nations will issue Space featuring Nebula and the Marshall Islands will debut the American Indian Headdresses stamps (http://www.stamps.org/SS-First-Days).
  • Visit “What’s In Your Attic!” — Don’t know what to do with Uncle Charlie’s stamp collection? The experienced collectors at this booth will offer advice — whether or not to donate the collection, contact a dealer or auction house to sell the collection, or to just keep it in the family as a memento or for a future collector.
  • Meet Stamp Designer, Chris Calle — Chris has designed stamps for the USPS and the Marshall Islands. He has created the illustrated souvenir cover for this year’s show. Chris will be located at the APS Booth during the show.
  • Learn About Collecting — New to the hobby? Don’t know where to begin? A stop at the Beginner’s Booth is a must. For a more in-depth learning opportunity, sign up for Stamp Collecting 101.
  • Stop at America’s Stamp Club Booth — Staff members of the American Philatelic Society are ready to greet all attendees, share information about the Society, and answer questions.

Visit http://www.stamps.org/Stampshow for additional show information. There is also an App for that — be sure to download the StampShow App at http://www.stamps.org/SS-App.  For more information on the Inverted Jenny: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10974039.htm

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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 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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MOTORCYCLES, CREAM PUFFS, FRECKLE CONTESTS AND A FIESTA

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Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
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Motorcycles, Cream Puffs, Freckle Contests and a Fiesta 
 
Summer roars on in Milwaukee with huge August events
 
MILWAUKEE – Aug. 6, 2013 – A summer is not complete without a visit to Milwaukee to experience one or more of the following: indulging in a cream puff, spectating at a freckle contest, participating in an all-you-can-eat taco competition or enjoying the party of the century at the largest motorcycle celebration in the world.   
 
The Wisconsin State Fair (Aug. 1-11) is where rural Wisconsin meets the big city with outrageous foods on-a-stick, thrill-a-minute rides, plenty of barnyard buddies, racing pigs and ducks, and more than 30 free entertainment stages! The Fair offers 70 new foods on the menu this year ranging from deep fried taco cheesecake, to beer-filled doughnuts and even deep fried peanut butter with bacon bits. New this year is the White Tiger Discovery exhibit which introduces visitors to an endangered species of tigers and the Wild About Monkeys show, an interactive traveling animal exhibit featuring trained baboons.
 
Milwaukee’s lakefront transforms to the Emerald Isle at Irish Fest (Aug. 15-18) at Henry Maier Festival Park. The sounds of Irish music, aromas of Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef and cabbage, tastes of whiskey and sights of bright red hair and colorful dance costumes are just the start. Don’t miss the excitement of the Tug-o-War matches, Currach Races or Hurling demonstrations and cast your vote at the adorable Freckle and Red Hair contests. 
 
Mexican Fiesta brings the sound, culture, and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee (Aug. 23-25). The Mariachi bands will have you on your feet dancing and delicious Mexican favorites such as tamales, enchiladas, tacos and more will tempt your taste buds. Get your fill by entering the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Dinner or be brave and join in on the excitement of the Jalapeno Eating Contest! Shop for authentic Mexican crafts in the Cultural Pavilion where more than 100 different states will be represented including Guanajuato, Michoacan, Morelos and Oaxaca. 
 
Grab your leather jacket and head to Milwaukee to experience the 110th Anniversary Celebration of Harley-Davidson (Aug. 29-Sept. 1). More than 60 bands will play rocking concerts over the three-day party including Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, ZZ Top and Lupe Fiasco. The World’s Largest Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum, street parties, organized motorcycle rides, dealership celebrations, the UFC 164 Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and more will fill out the lineup over the weekend. 
 
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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012 and supported more than 48,000 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

DEAR MKE Features Riverwest 24 Cyclist

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DEAR MKE Features Riverwest 24 Cyclist
 
MILWAUKEE – July 24, 2013 – For a change from the lakefront festivals, head west this weekend – to Riverwest – to the annual Riverwest 24 bike race featured in a Dear MKE short film last year.
 
The Dear MKE film introduces Nicole, a former bike messenger and now Kohl’s fashion designer who competed in the solo category. The film follows her as she strategizes for her solo race, then braves the challenges of sleep deprivation, heat, sore muscles and dehydration to ultimate triumph, reaching her goal of 40 laps in the 24-hour race.
 
The marathon Riverwest 24 bike race has grown each year since it began in 2008 as a way to showcase one of Milwaukee’s most diverse neighborhoods and to encourage urban biking. From 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 26 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27, riders of all abilities dressed in everything from spandex to tutus will guarantee a colorful event in Riverwest. Lively music, unicycles and jugglers will entertain residents and visitors as they line the streets to cheer on the cyclists.
 
Along the way cyclists pass mandatory check points and keep track of “manifests” (10 laps). Laps can be made up by taking on the challenge of quirky bonus points revealed on race day, which in the past have ranged from tattoos to edgy haircuts to slip-n-slides. 
 
For more on the Riverwest 24, click here.
 
The Dear MKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.
 
When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispel old perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here.
 
To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to Dearmke.com. Dear MKE is on Facebook (Facebook.com/DearMKE) and Twitter (Twitter.com/DearMKE).

The Dear MKE Film Series is a community collaboration that includes the following sponsors and partners.
 
Sponsors: VISIT Milwaukee, Spirit of Milwaukee, Summerfest, Masterlock; Production Sponsor: Jack Turner; Media Sponsors: OnMilwaukee.com, Marcus Theaters, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, Lamar Outdoor Advertising
 
Partners: AboutFace Media, Buzz Monkeys, Inc., Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Hanson Dodge Creative, Jigsaw and Milwaukee Film Festival
 
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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 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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