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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Check Out Milwaukee for Spring Break Fun

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Wendy Strong, Director of PR
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Check Out Milwaukee for Spring Break Fun

MILWAUKEE – March 26, 2014 – Still looking for ideas for family fun during the Spring Break week? Head to Milwaukee for easy, affordable fun and entertainment. Here are some activities that are sure to be a hit with the kids.

Transport your family to outer space in seconds in the virtual reality chamber at Discovery World. See the inside of a nuclear reactor, explore a reproduction of a Great Lakes schooner, lie down on a bed of nails, pet the sharks at the aquarium and pilot a virtual airplane.

At the world's only Harley-Davidson Museum®, families and kids of all ages have a blast using touch screen technology to hear the signature sound of Harley-Davidson engines, learning about early daredevil motorcycle racers, and viewing exotic customized bikes. At Motor Bar & Restaurant, get the kids a Coney Dog or a "Souped Up" Grilled Cheese and enjoy Motor's award-winning chili, house smoked BBQ pork sandwich or the monstrous, bacon-stuffed burger.

See life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, explore a Costa Rican rain forest and view ancient mummies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Stroll down the Streets of Old Milwaukee on the way to a journey through the universe in Wisconsin's largest planetarium! Visitors to the current exhibit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life will be fascinated by more than 200 plastinates—preserved human specimens, revealing the body in all of its stages of life. Special event for young teens on April 5: Body Worlds Late Nights for Young Teens.

Chop, ace and serve like a pro on one of the 12 table-tennis courts at Evolution Milwaukee (formally SPiN Milwaukee), Milwaukee's ping-pong social club. After working up an appetite, the kitchen provides every kid's favorite foods such as macaroni and cheese, burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. Mom and Dad can enjoy adult fare such as pastas and steaks, and a wide selection of grown-up beverages.

The “wings” of the Milwaukee Art Museum invite families to view the current exhibit, “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art”, featuring a selection of American paintings, drawings, whimsical sculptures, photographs, furniture and decorative arts from the Museum's collection of folk and self-taught art.

Visit the jungle, the desert and see a blanket of spring color in a sea of tulips in the only 85-foot-high, three-glass-domed conservatory in the world – the Mitchell Park Conservatory, known by locals as the Milwaukee Domes. Thursday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m., the Music Under Glass concert series presents local bands and a fantastic LED Light Show at the break and following the show. 

It looks like a 16th-century Sicilian villa, but it's actually the home of Palermo's Pizza, Milwaukee's only pizza factory tour. Highlights of the tour include watching the machines that slice the mozzarella and pepperoni. The tour ends with a delicious slice of piping hot pizza at the Palermo's Pizzeria & Café.

Head to the Betty Brinn Children's Museum where children 10 and under explore hands-on exhibits that make learning fun. Whether it's planning a news broadcast in a pretend studio, finding out how far a sneeze travels, or imagining what it's like to power a riverboat down the Mississippi, the Museum offers hours of imaginative play.

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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to include Milwaukee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crystal Fukumoto
AVP / BZA Public Relations
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2014 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to include Milwaukee

Milwaukee one of seven tournaments across the country from May-September

Milwaukee, WI – March 24, 2014 – The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), the premiere domestic professional beach volleyball tour in the U.S., has officially announced its 2014 schedule, featuring Milwaukee as one of seven tournaments across the country from May through September. Other tournament venues include St. Petersburg, FL; Salt Lake City, UT; Manhattan Beach; CA; Cincinnati, OH; Atlantic City, NJ and Huntington Beach, CA.

The AVP is the exclusive domestic beach volleyball home of the nation’s top athletes, including  Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh-Jennings (2004, 2008, 2012), Todd Rogers (2008) and Phil Dalhausser (2008); Olympic  silver medalists April Ross (2012) and Jen Kessy (2012); two-time Olympians Jake Gibb (2008, 2012) and Sean Rosenthal (2008, 2012); and Olympian Nicole Branagh (2008).

The tour also features many up-and-coming stars that are helping build the future of the sport, such as Casey Patterson, Theo Brunner, Summer Ross, Emily Day and 2013 AVP rookies of the year Tri Bourne and Lane Carico.

“On behalf of my partners, sponsors and supporters, we are honored and humbled to host the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour at Bradford Beach,” said local volleyball promoter Todd Gawronski of G1, Inc. “We are excited to showcase the world’s best beach volleyball teams and provide a great weekend of sports and entertainment to those who will be visiting Milwaukee.”

Tickets for the 2014 AVP tournaments will go on sale in the coming weeks, and information will be available at www.AVP.com.

Six of the cities where the AVP will play in 2014 were also on last year’s schedule. The tour looks forward to Milwaukee this season for the first time since 1998, when beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly took home one of his record 148 tournament titles along the shore of Lake Michigan.  Each of the AVP’s seven tour stops will feature three days of world-class beach volleyball competition featuring Olympic champions and world-renowned athletes competing in an unmatched beach-party atmosphere filled with, music, food and interactive activities.

“The 2014 AVP schedule is our strongest and most exciting to date,” AVP Managing Partner Donald Sun said. “The six cities that we’re returning to this year have shown tremendous support for the AVP and our athletes, and the continued growth of the tour is a testament to the strength of our sport. We’re also thrilled to be adding Milwaukee as a tour stop for the first time in many years. We know that Milwaukee has a large and vibrant base of people who are passionate about volleyball, and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement of an AVP tournament to them.”

For more on the AVP and the 2014 schedule of tournaments: www.avp.com.

About the AVP
Established in 1983, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) produces, markets and distributes volleyball events worldwide, including the popular AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While promoting family-oriented events and supporting a healthy lifestyle, the AVP is best known for its world-class athletes, who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Olympic games. The AVP headquarters are in Costa Mesa, California, USA

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Monday, March 17, 2014

NCAA Scores Big Economic Impact for Milwaukee

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
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NCAA Scores Big Economic Impact for Milwaukee

Milwaukee – March 17, 2014 – The results of Selection Sunday are in and the teams competing in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship in Milwaukee on March 20-22 have been announced.

The line-up for Thursday’s games in Milwaukee includes University of Wisconsin Badgers vs. American University Eagles, University of Oregon Ducks vs. BYU Cougars, University of Michigan Wolverines vs. Wofford College Terriers, University of Texas Longhorns vs. Arizona State Sun Devils.

Tickets are currently on sale at http://bit.ly/NCAA14MKE_TICKETS. Additional tickets released by the teams will be available at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Wednesday after 2:00 p.m.

Fans from all over the country will head to Milwaukee to support their teams as they look to advance to the Sweet 16. Visitors, as well as local and regional NCAA fans attending the games, will find the city offers plenty of off-court action during tourney time as well, resulting in impressive economic impact for the greater Milwaukee area.

With almost 15,000 attendees expected daily, using approximately 6,000 hotel rooms, economic impact in the city in the areas of lodging, transportation, food and beverage, retail and recreation is estimated at $4.6 million. The event will generate approximately $325,000 in local tax revenue and support 1,500 jobs.

“Milwaukee is filled with sports fanatics, and we are delighted the NCAA has chosen the BMO Harris Bradley Center as a site for this year’s tournament. This is a great opportunity to showcase Milwaukee on the national sports stage,” said Brent Foerster, VP Sales & Marketing for 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. 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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Midwest Foodservice Expo March 10-12 in Milwaukee

For Immediate Release:

Tracy Kosbau, V.P. of Marketing and Public Relations
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Office: 800-589-3211
Mobile/On-site: 608-698-5853
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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
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Midwest Foodservice Expo March 10-12 in Milwaukee

Milwaukee – March 6, 2014 – An estimated 7,000 foodservice and hospitality professionals are expected to attend the Midwest Foodservice Expo from March 10-12, 2014 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Midwest Foodservice Expo (formerly the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo) is the largest and most inclusive state show in the Midwest, featuring new trends and product releases, tips for increasing productivity and profits, and solutions to the challenges of today’s marketplace. 

Thousands of innovative products, equipment and services will be featured in the exhibit hall and will also include a Gluten Free Resource Center, pastry studio, design gallery and financial advice. Demonstrations include craft cocktail creation and a Culinary Theater featuring Kyle Cherek, host of Public Television’s Wisconsin Foodie, and a line-up of prominent chefs. Educational programs covering a range of topics are on offer and colorful competitions will be held in tabletop design and cake decoration.

Other highlights:

  • Keynote address presented by Cat Cora: celebrated chef, restaurant mogul, author, humanitarian and media maven. Cat made television history in 2005 on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as the first female Iron Chef. Monday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:30).
  • Keynote address on Tuesday with renowned chef Sandy D’ Amato: acclaimed chef, mentor and author. Tuesday, March 11th at 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 11:00).
  • Stephanie Klett, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary, will visit the Expo on Monday, March 10th. Governor Scott Walker will be at the Expo on Tuesday, March 11th for the ProStart Invitational from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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: www.everythingfoodservice.org.

For more information on the Wisconsin Restaurant Association: https://www.wirestaurant.org/

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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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