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Thursday, November 17, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee names new Convention Sales Manager

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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VISIT Milwaukee names new Convention Sales Manager

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 17, 2016) — Laura Lutter Cole has joined the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as convention sales manager. In her position, Lutter Cole will focus on corporate business sales in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Ms. Lutter Cole comes to VISIT Milwaukee after six years with Marcus Hotels and Resorts, where she served as director of restaurant sales, and later as senior account executive, focusing on East Coast-based national associations and key corporate accounts.

“Laura’s experience with Marcus Hotels & Resorts makes her uniquely qualified to promote Milwaukee as a sought-after destination for the corporate market. We are happy to welcome her to the VISIT Milwaukee sales team,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO at VISIT Milwaukee.

A graduate of UW-La Crosse, Lutter Cole has also been honored as one of the Business Journal of Milwaukee’s “40 Under 40” as owner of a successful business on Brady Street, where she also served as president of the Brady Street Improvement District.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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, November 15, 2016

USA Gymnastics awards 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Jennifer Teitell, Content & Communications Manager
USA Gymnastics
317-829-5642
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or
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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USA Gymnastics awards 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 15, 2016) — USA Gymnastics announced that it has awarded the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships to Milwaukee. The championships showcase more than 1,800 of the country’s best gymnasts in acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling.

Scheduled for June 27-July 2, Junior Olympic competition will be staged at the Wisconsin Center, with junior and senior elite competition to be held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center from June 29-July 1.

“Milwaukee will be the perfect host for this event,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Summertime is a beautiful season in Milwaukee and I am sure everyone will enjoy being there.”

Performances in Milwaukee will also determine berths on the junior and senior U.S. National Teams for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. For rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling, the competition will be part of the selection process for the 2017 World Championships. In addition, the USA Gymnastics Championships will be part of the selection process for the U.S. teams that will compete at the 2017 World Games, the equivalent of the Olympic Games for sports and events not included in the Olympics.

The Junior Olympic division has several different levels, and national titles will be awarded for each level and age group for each discipline.

VISIT Milwaukee is working in conjunction with USA Gymnastics on the championships. This is the event’s first trip to Milwaukee, which hosted the 2003 U.S. Championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics.

“Milwaukee is excited to welcome the USA Gymnastics Championships. As a great sports destination with passionate sports fans, we look forward to giving the athletes a memorable experience,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The estimated economic impact of the event to the Milwaukee area is $5.4 million.

The competition schedule will be available in the near future and tickets will go on sale in 2017.

About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to http://www.usagym.org

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About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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, November 02, 2016

PNC Bank Milwaukee Running Festival Brings 4000+ Runners to Milwaukee November 5th and 6th

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Nicole Nelson
262-303-4238
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PNC Bank Milwaukee Running Festival Brings 4000+ Runners to Milwaukee November 5th and 6th

One Mile, 5K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon Events Offer “a Running Event for Every Runner”

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 2, 2016) — The second annual PNC Bank Milwaukee Running Festival on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 in Milwaukee will draw more than 4,000 runners to the multi-day event.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, more than 400 participants are expected to run in the Harley-Davidson Motor Company Mile, a one mile run on the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum at 9:30 a.m.

The Milwaukee Running Festival also features a Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pickup with food, vendors and kids’ events. The expo runs from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, runners from 42 states are expected to participate in one of three events: the Marquette University 5K Run (which starts at 7:15 a.m.), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Half Marathon or Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Marathon, starting and ending at Veteran’s Park at 7 a.m. The full marathon is expected to draw 1,000 participants, and the half 2,000 participants.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Marathon is routed entirely through Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and landmarks, allowing participants to experience the city in a unique way. New in 2016 are a series of parties along the race course, many featuring live music and refreshments. The 12+ party locations will provide runners extra motivation and spectators an easy viewing area, with the main goal of involving Milwaukee neighborhoods, making them feel like they are part of the event.

Maps and information regarding street closures may be found here.

PNC Bank is the title sponsor for the entire event. For more information on the PNC Milwaukee Running Festival, visit milwaukeerunningfestival.com.

About PNC Bank
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

About Milwaukee Marathon, Inc.
Milwaukee Marathon, Inc. (milwaukeerunningfestival.com) is a non-profit organization established to plan and stage the Milwaukee Running Festival. Executive Director Chris Ponteri is an avid and accomplished runner who also owns Longrun Athletics, LLC. Longrun Athletics has a history of organizing a variety of popular and successful running events in Milwaukee, including the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon: the internationally known marathon and half marathon held each January at the Pettit National Ice Center.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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, November 01, 2016

Visit Milwaukee Launches Winter Shopping & A Show Campaign To Promote Holiday Tourism

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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Visit Milwaukee Launches Winter Shopping & A Show Campaign To Promote Holiday Tourism

With the holiday season just around the corner, VISIT Milwaukee is launching its second winter marketing campaign offering deep discounts for hotel stays, along with a Milwaukee Holiday Getaway prize package valued at $1,500.

The winter campaign is designed to promote leisure and overnight travel to the greater Milwaukee area, highlighting the region’s shopping and theater experiences. Featured are shopping destinations, such as Mayfair Mall and The Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and the Milwaukee Public Market, as well as other popular regional shopping locations.

The campaign also promotes Milwaukee’s holiday events and theater productions, including Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, A Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nutcracker, and more.

“Following the success of last year’s campaign, it only made sense to expand this year to highlight the region’s holiday-themed theater and entertainment options,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “We anticipate a $2.3 million economic impact from this campaign for our community.”

Combined, hotel, retail and restaurant tourism contribute over $2.6 billion in economic impact to the region each year.

The Winter Shopping & a Show campaign is helped in part by a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The tourism grant will go towards print, online, radio and social media marketing and earned media efforts.

For more information on the campaign and to access the discounts and deals, please visit http://visitmilwaukee.org/holiday-shop.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $5.1 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2015 and supported more than 50,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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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