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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
 
Margaret Casey
PR Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
414.287.4232
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VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
 
MILWAUKEE— Oct. 16, 2013 – Megan Gaus will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications effective October 30th.
 
With more than thirteen years of marketing experience, Megan’s career has included strategic marketing and communications plans, website development, video promotions, advertising campaigns, media buys, re-branding launches, graphic design, and social media community management.
 
Coming from Chicago, Megan most recently worked for digital agency Wire Stone where she oversaw client relationships working with Abbott/AbbVie, Carhartt, FTD Flowers, Juno Lighting Group, Michigan State University, and Motorola. Prior to that Megan spent four years as Director of Integrated Marketing for the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. She was responsible for launching its convention marketing services department supporting hundreds of McCormick Place annual shows. Megan will bring to Milwaukee a deep tourism marketing background and convention industry knowledge.
 
"I'm excited to join the VISIT Milwaukee team," said Gaus. "Milwaukee is a great city with endless opportunities to tell the Milwaukee story."
 
Born and raised in Indiana, Megan moved to Cincinnati to attend Xavier University on a golf scholarship where she graduated with a B.S.B.A in Marketing. As Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, she will oversee VISIT Milwaukee’s marketing and public relations functions.
 
"With her vast experience in both traditional and digital marketing strategies, Megan Gaus will energize our marketing and communications team. We're confident that her enthusiasm and experience will lead to a fresh marketing approach at VISIT Milwaukee," 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. 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, October 10, 2013

Wendy Strong to Join VISIT Milwaukee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
 
Margaret Casey
PR Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
414.287.4232
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Wendy Strong to Join VISIT Milwaukee
 
MILWAUKEE— Oct. 10, 2013 – Wendy Strong will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as Director of Public Relations effective Monday, October 14th.
 
Well-known on Milwaukee’s business scene, Wendy has worked as a writer and television/multimedia reporter for The Business Journal since 2000. A familiar face on Fox 6, she has profiled people and businesses, and reported on major Milwaukee projects and small business strategies. Wendy also participated in the growth and development of high profile signature events for The Business Journal including Forty under 40 and Women of Influence.
 
Wendy was born and raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication. Her early career included time as a freelance producer with the NBA and as a television producer with the Journal Broadcast Group.
 
“Wendy is passionate about our community, and she’s excited to help us tell the Milwaukee story locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We are pleased to welcome her to our team,” 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. 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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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Oh, the 4-1-4orror!

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For more information contact:
Carrie Woods
Tourism Public Relations Specialist
414.287.4255
 
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Oh, the 4-1-4orror!
 
Halloween Fun and Entertainment in Milwaukee That Will Make You Scream
 
MILWAUKEE— Oct. 8, 2013 – Whether it is haunted hotel stays, spooky family fun, or freaky delicious food, Milwaukee offers a terrifyingly-good time this Halloween season.
 
Spooky Sleep 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.
 
Thrills & Chills with Tours, Treats, Taverns and more:
  • To reach your quota of coffins and corpses this Halloween, visit Forest Home Cemetery, and tour the resting place of some of Milwaukee’s most-famous spirits including the eternal homes of beer barons Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz.
  • If you want to get your heart beating this month, head out to The Rock for The Hills Have Eyes, the most haunted hill event in freaky Franklin, Wis. Experience two haunted trails, one thrill ride on the run-down “Scare Lift,” and Wisconsin’s first ever 3-D Zombie Maze. These events will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26.
  • Get into a spooky, spirited mood with Untapped Tour’s haunted pub crawl. Tours are held Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 26. Pub stops include Horny Goat Hideaway, Great Lakes Distillery and Shaker’s.
  • 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 Fairgrounds Oct. 11 – Nov. 2.
 
Family-Friendly Fright:
  • Little monsters will love the Milwaukee County Zoo’s family-oriented Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, happening Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Young ghosts and goblins get ready for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Not-So-Scary Halloween running Oct. 24 – 26. 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. 17 – 19 at 6:30 p.m.
 
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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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Glow Time 5K Lights Up State Fair Park this Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
For more info:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
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414/287-4232
 
or
 
Event Media Contact:
Derek Scheer
608-345-8546
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Glow Time 5K Lights Up State Fair Park this Saturday
 
Milwaukee, WI, October 1, 2013It’s Glow Time, a unique 5K featuring blacklights, a DJ and party atmosphere, lights up State Fair Park in West Allis this Saturday evening, October 5th , at 7:00 p.m.
 
It’s Glow Timeis like no other 5K as the runners gather in a party zone and dance until the sun goes down and the glow comes up from the same illumination as used by the Blue Man Group. Wrapped in a light show and spectacular visual effects, runners then start off on their route, accompanied by music and party stations along the way, towards a finish line celebration with lasers, glow sticks, blacklights and dancing with DJ Nikki X.
 
For more information or to register online go to http://itsglowtime5k.com/event/milwaukee-wi
 
About Race Day Events:
Race Day Events, LLC is an event production and equipment rental company located in Verona, Wisconsin. Each season, the Race Day Events team fully produces more than 30 of our own races and provides equipment and services for many more events nationwide. At each event we produce, our goal is to put the participant first by creating a safe, fun atmosphere with accurate and well supported courses.
 
About 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 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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