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Friday, October 12, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Executive Director of Sales

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Jeannine Sherman
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VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Executive Director of Sales

Milwaukee – Oct. 12, 2012 –  Jeff Baryenbruch has joined VISIT Milwaukee as Executive Director of Sales.

Formerly with the Greenwood Hospitality Group, Baryenbruch served as senior corporate director of sales & marketing, where he was responsible for directing corporate sales and marketing initiatives for brands including Hilton, Doubletree, Marriott Autograph Collection, Crowne Plaza, Wyndham and Radisson.  Prior to that Baryenbruch held a similar position with Richfield Hospitality in their Full-Service/Lifestyle Division. A Wisconsin native and graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout, Jeff Baryenbruch has also served as director of sales for Fairmont, Omni and Wyndham hotels in Chicago and Milwaukee.

“Jeff’s extensive experience in our major markets will enable him to make an immediate positive impact on VISIT Milwaukee’s conventions sales efforts,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of 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. 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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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Brew City? Make that BOO City

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Brew City? Make that BOO City

Spooktacular, Ghoulish Fun and Entertainment in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – Oct. 11, 2012 – Spook yourself in to the spirit with Milwaukee’s ghosts, zombies, tricks and treats this Halloween season. From accommodations inhabited by spirits that taunt and terrify to a spooktacular time with the animals for little ghouls and goblins, Milwaukee offers a hauntingly-good time for all.

  • Sleep Tight with the Supernatural
    • A stay at Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast is not one for the faint-hearted, where spirits of former boardinghouse residents, mobsters and musicians hang around the 100-year-old corridors. These characters aren’t afraid to make their presence known, rumored to cause guests to have unusually vivid dreams.
    • “Treat” yourself to a night at the historic Pfister Hotel where visions have been reported of founder, Charles Pfister, greeting guests in the grandiose elegant hallways.
    • Dare to spend the night in the haunted penthouse at Shaker’s Cigar Bar, a former prohibition-era brothel and the scene of the brutal hacking murder of a poor, ill-fated bordello girl.
       
  • Thrills & Chills with Bites, Bars, Buses and more
    • To reach your quota of coffins and corpses this Halloween, visit Forest Home Cemetery, the resting place of some of Milwaukee’s most-famous spirits including the eternal homes of Beer Barons Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz.
    • Step through a portal to the other side on a Haunted Tour of Shaker’s Cigar Bar, offered every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Prepare yourself to see spirits from this former speakeasy, brothel, and murder site for sailors, call girls and dirty politicians.
    • Take a Milwaukee Ghost Tour through the “Bloody Third,” now known as Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward District. This one-mile walking tour introduces the haunted history, ghost stories and tales of true crime of the area, running through the end of October on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m.
    • Only the brave can face disembodied spirits, dark chambers, long spooky hallways, monsters, ghosts, and zombies at Milwaukee’s favorite haunted house during Hauntfest at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds Oct. 12 – Nov. 3.
       
  • Family-Friendly Fright
    • Little monsters will love the Milwaukee County Zoo’s family-oriented Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, happening Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Little ghosts and goblins will love Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Not-So-Scary Halloween running October 25 – 27. Celebrate the fall season indoors with fun Halloween activities specifically created for young children. Enjoy tricks and treats, craft stations, a spooktacular scavenger hunt, and interactive story time!
    • Enter into the Enchanted Forest for an educational and entertaining 45-minute slightly spooky trek along a jack-o-lantern lit trail. After the hike enjoy indoor activities and refreshments at the Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center Oct. 18,19,20 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Throw on your scariest costume and hop on the Trick-or-Chocolate Halloween Bus Tour with Milwaukee Food Tours, offered October 20 at 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. and October 27 at 10:00 a.m. This 3-hour family friendly tour features a bus tour through some of the most haunted areas, with the chance to “Trick-or-Chocolate” your way through Milwaukee. Round-trip transportation, desserts, non-alcoholic drinks, and guided-fun are included in the $50 per person price.

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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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Dear MKE Film Series Debuts

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Dear MKE Film Series Debuts

Milwaukee Icons, an Unlikely Artist and an Epic, 24-Hour Bike Race Now Online at www.DearMKE.com

Milwaukee – Oct. 3, 2012 – From the unlikely tale of a truck driver who became a successful artist to the endurance required to participate in a 24-hour bicycle race –

The Dear MKE Film Series is out to tell Milwaukee’s story like it has never been told before. Following a successful debut at the opening night of the Milwaukee Film Festival, the first films in the series are now available to the public at www.DearMKE.com.

Beginning with the soulful, opening strains of “Love You ‘Til I Die,” recorded in the early ‘70s by Milwaukee musician Bennie Cole, the Dear MKE kickoff film is a heartfelt love letter to Milwaukee. Filled with cinematic images of iconic Milwaukee landmarks and locals enjoying the city, the kickoff film sets the stage for a series of 12 short documentaries telling the stories of everyday Milwaukeeans.

Click the image below to see the kickoff film now:

“The Dear MKE film series is a unique image campaign in that we’re painting a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets through the stories of Milwaukeeans. We hope to dispelold 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,” said Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The online campaign is social in nature, designed for sharing – and attracting attention. “From major corporations and area businesses, to colleges and universities, to local attractions, we’ve had interest from a broad spectrum of the community in helping us increase the reach of this campaign by sharing with their own networks,” said Upchurch. 

This first-ever collaborative project brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee. The library of films Turner has been involved with has garnered more than 20 Golden Globe nominations and 25 Academy Award nominations – including four for Best Picture.

The Dear MKE kickoff film debuts alongside the first two short documentaries in the series. Local artist, Reginald Baylor, is profiled in a piece that showcases Milwaukee’s creative side and the vibrancy of the Historic Third Ward where the artist has a studio.  The series then takes viewers on a journey alongside Kohl’s clothing designer, Nicole LaBrie, as she attempts to conquer the Riverwest 24. This documentary highlights Milwaukee’s “can-do” spirit, its close-knit neighborhood communities and the loveable quirks that set us apart from other cities.

The remaining 10 documentaries will be released over the next several months, including four that will be chosen as a result of the Dear MKE story contest. The contest invites public participation in the project by asking people to send in their stories via photo, text or video, for consideration as part of the documentary series. The contest is open through Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Details of the contest can be found at www.DearMKE.com. Entrants whose ideas are selected will win a Milwaukee prize package valued at up to $1,000.

Dear MKE is on Facebook and Twitter.

The Dear MKE Film Series is a community collaboration that includes the following sponsors and partners.

Sponsors Production Sponsor  Media Sponsors
VISIT Milwaukee Jack Turner 88.9 Radio Milwaukee
Spirit of Milwaukee   OnMilwaukee.com
Marcus Theaters   Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Summerfest    
Master Lock    

 

 

 


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. 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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Monday, September 24, 2012

Fetch Fido for a Fun Time in Brew City During Dog Week

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Fetch Fido for a Fun Time in Brew City During Dog Week

Milwaukee’s Best Pet-Friendly Attractions and Accommodations

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 24, 2012) – Milwaukee makes a great destination for families and their furry friends to celebrate National Dog Week from Sept. 24 – 30. Fido-friendly hotels, parks, restaurants and events can be found all around the city for endless ways to treat your four-legged friend.  

What to do
Take your pet for the walk of their dreams to celebrate National Dog Week on the Milwaukee Food Tour’s “Bone Appetit” bus tour on Saturday, Sept. 29. Treat your pooch to a sampling of treats at dog bakeries and have a great time at the stops along the way, including social clubs, parks and more. Save the doggy delicacies for your pet and enjoy a delicious meal for yourself at a dog-friendly restaurant.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, dozens of pets will be dressed to impress for the 11th Annual Brady Street Pet Parade and Pet Blessing. In addition to a costume contest, there will also be a pet/owner look-alike contest and a tail-wagging competition where your pet’s tail will be put to the test. Enjoy the other family and pet friendly activities such as sidewalk sales, raffles, canine obedience demonstrations and more.

Barktoberfest will be held in Estabrook Park, adjacent to Milwaukee’s popular, new Estabrook Park Beer Garden, on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Barktoberfest will host a costume contest, demonstrations by the Milwaukee County Sheriff K9 Unit, agility courses and dog-friendly games. Roaming musicians, food and drinks are sure to put you in the Oktoberfest spirit!

Where to stay
The Iron Horse Hotel doesn’t just pamper you but your four-legged friend as well! Guests with dogs from tiny, toy terriers to the greatest of the Great Danes are welcome to take advantage of the “Big Dog Package” which includes several options to pamper your V.I.Pooch:

  • Doggie Bag stuffed with snacks and a to-go water bottle
  • Custom deluxe guest room with oversized pet pillow, food and water dishes
  • A “Big Dog” room service menu
  • Spa Services from shampooing and grooming to canine massages

The fresh, fun and forward-thinking Aloft Hotel offers accommodations for pets as well. Pets are welcomed with a package that includes a dog bed, bowl, “woofalicious” treats and toys.

Recognizing that four legged friends ARE a part of the family, The Hilton Milwaukee offers stress-free accommodations for the whole group. Dogs and cats are welcome with a nominal fee.

The Pfister Hotel offers four-star lodging for pets that deserve nothing but the best. The “Rover-Night Package” includes a doggy gift basket comprised of a plush pillow, tasty treats, toys and a map of dog-friendly parks.

Where to eat
Share a cup of coffee with other canine lovers or wash up after a run in the park at Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar in Bay View as well as Bayside. Choose between a SelfBark and a FullBark wash. Sit and relax in the lounge with a cup of Alterra coffee and a pastry or two with your fresh and clean pup.

Hang with your pooch at the outdoor bar The Yard, located on the west side of The Iron Horse Hotel. This trendy and large outdoor lounge serves seasonal fare, late-night drinks and hand-tossed pizza cooked to perfection in its wood-burning brick oven.

Your dog is sure to sniff out the delicious cuisine at Café Benelux. Located in the Historic Third Ward, this restaurant features favorites from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg including, mussels, pannenkoeken and frites. Grab a table outside and enjoy a meal and a brew from its forty page bier book with your pooch.

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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