Originally settled by European ethnic groups, Milwaukee today has reached majority minority status with more than half of our residents identifying themselves as African American or Hispanic.
The city’s African American culture is celebrated in the northside Bronzeville and Garfield Park areas, while the United Community Center and Layton Boulevard West are centers for Hispanic, Hmong and African American communities. Potawatomi Hotel and Casino is an outstanding advocate of local Native American culture and a major employer in the area.
Actively involved in the city’s diversity scene, VISIT Milwaukee’s Multicultural Advisory Committee seeks out ways to enhance the city's image as an inclusive and welcoming destination. By championing diversity within the hospitality industry, we're already fostering community growth and unity by bringing in groups such as League of United Latin American Citizens women’s conference in 2014, National League of Cities in 2014, and upcoming in 2016, the National Latino Peace Officers Association.
Plan your next meeting in Milwaukee around cultural celebrations like Mexican Fiesta, Pride Fest or Indian Summer! Held in the impressive 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan, these festivals are fun for the whole family and add value to your meetings in Milwaukee.
"I believe many of our attendees left Milwaukee with a whole new perspective. I wouldn't be surprised to see many return both professionally and personally."
"Members had an enjoyable experience. Very central for many of our members. They enjoyed the downtown location."
"Milwaukee is one of my all-time favorite destinations. The people are so welcoming and friendly, the food is delicious, and so much is within walking distance for our attendees."
Major Attractions as Unique Off-site Venues
- Milwaukee Art Museum, a dazzling architectural wonder on the Lake Michigan, with its soaring white wings that open and close over an awe-inspiring vaulted atrium.
- Discovery World’s Pilot House provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the lake and downtown skyline.
- Harley-Davidson Museum, guarantees the thrill of the Harley experience.
- Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Wisconsin’s largest entertainment center significantly raised the stakes in 2014 with its new $150 million, 381-room hotel; combined casino and hotel meeting space now totals 60,000 square feet.
- Henry Maier Festival Park, 75-acre lakefront festival park home to Summerfest and a summer line-up of ethnic festivals, serving up more fun and value-added to summer conventions.
- Airport only 10 minutes/8 miles from downtown hotels. 39 non-stop destinations, easy 1-stop connections to 160 cities.
- More than 200 restaurants in downtown area, many with private dining rooms.
- World-class golf courses.
- Historic Third Ward, featuring lively Milwaukee Public Market, al fresco dining, galleries and shopping.
- 3-mile RiverWalk connecting walkable neighborhoods.
- Lively arts and professional sports scene.
- James Beard-recognized restaurants, entertaining brewery tours.
Special Offer: $5,000–$10,000 cash incentive to groups booking meetings through December 31, 2016 (certain restrictions apply).
Gus Martinez, Convention Sales Manager