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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Summer’s Flying By, With So Much To See And So Little Time

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Jeannine Sherman
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Summer's Flying By, With So Much To See And So Little Time

Milwaukee’s Summer Fun Lineup Continues With Military Aircrafts, Cream Puffs, Leprechauns and More 

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 1, 2012Where can you see a shark up close, listen to Gospel music, see aerobatic flight demonstrations, historic Navy ships, and even dine with animals? It is all happening this August in Milwaukee, where summer fun is still underway with a lineup of events that celebrate culture, music, history, tradition and more.

Summertime means State fair time. The 161st Wisconsin State Fair (Aug. 2-12), is an elven day experience of family fun entertainment. Enjoy the new SpinCity amusement area, dog-diving competitions, 30 free entertainment stages with well-known artists such as, The Band Perry, STYX, Neon Trees and more. Also enjoy over 1,000 animals ranging from pigs to sharks and of course indulge in a legendary Wisconsin Cream Puff.

Three decades strong, the 2012 African World Festival (Aug. 4-5) will be held at the Henry Maier Festival Park. The African World Festival which is also referred to as the “Meeting Place” is not only a cultural event celebrating all people of African descent but an educational experience as well. Come celebrate with ethnic food, shopping in the market place and a variety of musical entertainment options including the best Gospel, R&B, Old-School, Hip-Hop and Jazz music around.

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward will be on fire August 4 with its Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival. This free festival offers jazz music performed by local, regional and Chicago musicians in many different varieties. Check out the Historic Third Ward’s website for a detailed entertainment schedule.

Every summer it’s hard to avoid the loud jet engines that zoom in perfect formation along Milwaukee’s lakefront at the annual Air & Water Show (Aug. 11-12). Considered to be the largest free event for the general public, this family oriented experience will surly impress people of all ages. A few of the main headliners include the Black Diamonds, America’s premier civilian jet demonstration team and the U.S. Navy Leapfrogs Parachute Demonstration Team.

Milwaukee has been honored as one of the cities to help “bring the Navy home” and celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Join the U.S Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard as they host the War of 1812 Commemoration (Aug. 8-13).  As the tour travels to the great lakes, Milwaukee will have the opportunity to witness the Blue Angles water show, see ships of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, watch as the U.S. Navy demonstrates their capabilities, and enjoy band concerts too.

Celebrate Irish heritage and culture at Irish Fest (Aug. 16-19), at the Henry Maier Festival Park. With activities and events for the whole family including a trip to Leprechaun Valley, Lilli-Putt miniature golf, Celtic Canines, a liturgy Sunday morning and a firework display Sunday evening.

Come “feast with the beasts” as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosts the annual Milwaukee County Zoo’s a la Carte (Aug. 16-19). This opportunity allows you and your family to enjoy 25 local restaurants and 6 stages with musical guests throughout the zoo.

To end August events with a party, head down to the Henry Maier Festival Park for Mexican Fiesta (Aug. 24-26). Mexican Fiesta honors the Mexican culture with different events such as the Fiesta Walk for Diabetes and Obesity Awareness, the El Rey Golf Classic Tournament, and an All You Can Eat Taco Dinner. Even stop by the cultural pavilion for the Mexican arts and crafts show and a variety of merchandise.

For more on summer fun in Milwaukee, please visit www.mkefun.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, 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, July 27, 2012

Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Returns Aug 3-5

For Immediate Release

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Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Returns Aug 3-5

Pros compete for $60,000 prize

MILWAUKEE, WI (July 27, 2012) – Returning to Milwaukee for the second consecutive year, the 2012 Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series is gearing up to deliver the most intense beach volleyball competition that the U.S. has to offer at Bradford Beach on August 3-5.

The Milwaukee Shootout is pro beach volleyball’s version of the All Star game and involves the top four men’s and women’s professional beach volleyball teams from the previous four Series stops (Florida Open, Belmar Open, Chicago Open and Hermosa Beach Open) competing for a cash prize of $60,000. 

Leading up to the tournament, Jose Cuervo will also challenge beach volleyball’s elite with the All-Pro Cuervo Skills Challenge on Friday, August 3 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The winning pro will take on the title of the All-Pro Cuervo Champ and a $1,000 charitable donation will be made in their name.

A round-robin series of matches on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will lead to four semi-final and final matches on Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the hard-hitting pro beach volleyball action, title sponsor Jose Cuervo has filled the sand with entertainment at the Cuervo Village, a full festival-like atmosphere that features music, consumer contests, giveaways and much more.  Admission for the Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Series Milwaukee Shootout is free to the public.

The men’s field includes 2011 Milwaukee Shootout champions Sean Scott and John Hyden, who return to Bradford Beach to defend their title against the top teams on tour, including 7’2” Ryan Doherty, a relative newcomer to the sport but already winning three pro beach events in 2012. 

On the women’s side, the #1 seeded team and four-time Series Champions in 2012, Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik will make their first appearance at Bradford Beach. 

At the completion of volleyball activities at Bradford Beach on Friday and Saturday evening, there will be free reggae concerts featuring The Urbanites on Friday and RAS Movement on Saturday.  All shows will begin at approximately 7pm.

For more information, please visit www.josecuervoprobeachvolleyballseries.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, 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, July 25, 2012

VISIT Milwaukee Awards Tourism Stars at Annual Meeting on 7/26

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Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
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VISIT Milwaukee Awards Tourism Stars at Annual Meeting on 7/26

45th birthday event celebrates strong tourism forecast

MILWAUKEE – July 25, 2012 – Mayor Barrett, key city stakeholders, partners and staff of VISIT Milwaukee will gather at the Milwaukee Theatre from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26th to celebrate VISIT Milwaukee’s 45 years of marketing the city for conventions and tourism.The VISIT Milwaukee Annual Meeting presented by Southwest Airlines will present Lamplighter Awards to three of its partners and look back over more than four decades at the progress the city has made in building an exciting and vibrant tourism environment and hospitality industry.

VISIT Milwaukee Board Chair, Paul Mathews, president of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO, Paul Upchurch, will comment on tourism’s impact on the greater Milwaukee area economy, recap VISIT Milwaukee’s 2011 accomplishments and present the organization’s plans for maximizing opportunities and travel trends in 2012 and beyond.

VISIT Milwaukee’s Lamplighter Awards for the year 2011 will be presented to long-time VISIT Milwaukee Board Director Cecilia Gilbert, permits and communications manager for the Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Russell Klisch, owner of Lakefront Brewery, and Tim Dixon, developer of the Iron Horse Hotel. This annual award recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations whose efforts and continuing contributions to the tourism and hospitality industry have strengthened Milwaukee’s image nationally and internationally, and contributed to its appeal as a visitor destination.

Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 VISIT Milwaukee Annual Meeting is Southwest Airlines. Additional partners include Supporting Sponsors Beer Capitol Distributing Company, Inc., Marcus Hotels & Resorts and the Milwaukee Brewers. A reception will follow the event.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 41st year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers by providing a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service.  Including wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways, the Company now serves 103 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, six near-international countries, and employs more than 46,000 People.

Visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™ and see how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen while underscoring a commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines, one of the most honored airlines in the world, is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.  Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and serves the communities around 74 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. To book a flight, visit southwest.com.

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., has been ranked the top airline in the Airline Quality Rating study three times in the past five years. AirTran offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with nearly 700 flights a day on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. The airline's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating and Business Class. To book a flight, visit airtran.com.

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. 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.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Milwaukee to Host Beach Volleyball Junior Tour Championships

For Immediate Release

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Jeannine Sherman
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Deb Stadick
Intern, Communications, USA Volleyball
Phone: 719-228-6800
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Milwaukee to Host Beach Volleyball Junior Tour Championships

Action on Bradford Beach July 28-29

MILWAUKEE, WI (July 24, 2012) – The 2012 USA Beach Volleyball Junior Tour (BJT) will conclude with the 2012 BJT National Championships on July 28-29 at Bradford Beach on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The championships will be the largest ever with 209 teams from 20 states and 24 USA Volleyball regions.

The event will host two divisions. Sixty-six teams are set to compete in the National Division, which is open to any beach junior team wishing to compete at the year-end event.

The Open Division, offered exclusively to bid-winners, will host 143 teams. Teams earned bids into the division by finishing in the top three at a qualifying event throughout the course of the 2012 BJT season.

“Registrations for teams that were awarded bids is up more than 20 percent for this event, which is phenomenal growth year-over-year,” Tournament Director Rick Schanz of Elevation Management said.

“We would like to thank all of our regional event operators and especially the parents for helping to make this our best tour season ever. We would also like to thank our longtime sponsor, Spalding King of the Beach Balls (spalding.com), and our two new sponsors, Voolii Lifestyle sportswear (voolii.com) and Honu sandals (teamhonu.com).Without their support, we would be unable to operate so many events across the country.”

The 2012 BJT National Championships is being held in partnership with USA Volleyball’s Badger Region, Elevation Management and Todd Gawronski of G1, Inc., with support from VISIT Milwaukee.

For more information visit www.usabeach.org.

For full results and releases from the 2012 USA Beach Junior Tour, visit usavolleyball.org/juniors/usa-beach-junior-tour.

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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