Milwaukee residents already know how fun the city is and who couldn't use a list of all the quirky things they can do in the city! Become known as the fun and knowledgeable host especially when guests come to visit from out of town. I took family to the 'Bronz Fonz' for pictures and recently toured the Original Cheesehead Factory where you can make your own cheesehead. And of course the wonderful Milwaukee Art Museum. You can find the complete quirky list here
I recently toured the Milwaukee County Historical Society to look at the event space for a client and had to share the secret gem in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. The building is a former bank building and has so much character inside with huge marble columns complete with the hops to represent the Brewing community, gold leaf designs in the ceilings and wonderful space on the first and second floor to accommodate a group of up to 270 (70 on the first floor and 200 on the second floor). The Historical Society has a total of seven bank vaults from the former bank building, two huge vaults occupy the main floor and can be used as part of the decor for the evening event. Destination Management Connection can help you plan your next event whether it's at the Milwaukee County Historical Society or at another great off-site venue in Milwaukee.
I had the pleasure of visiting several newer Milwaukee area hotels to see the room product and meeting space and was pleasantly surprised how stunning the new hotel product offers to an already growing hotel market in the city. Check out the pictures of Springhill Suites, located directly across from the Wisconsin Center (convention center) in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. It features a huge smart board in the lobby so you can get directions with a swipe of the screen but it also features very spacious rooms.
The Homewood Suites (just opened November 2017) offers a beautiful hotel product, keeping the cream city brick that Milwaukee is known for along with the reclaimed wood floors (from the former building that were partially damaged in a fire years ago) and combined that with the new urban chic style of rooms and decor. It's directly across from the Milwaukee Public Market and only blocks away from the Lakefront.
Milwaukee has many hotel options for the leisure and convention traveler including short and long term stays in the city. Enjoy the new hotel product!
An architectural firm will be studying the feasibility of adding a skywalk or a bridge to connect to the Miller High Life Theater and the UWM Panther Arena with the expanded downtown convention center. Recommendations are expected in the final study which is due to the WCD Board on June 15th. After that discussions will continue about how to fund the center expansion. You can read more details about the study and funding here
A project by Stevens Construction Corp. is in the final stages of completing a year long project within the Pabst Brewery Complex, immediately West of the new Bucks stadium. According to the article "The renovation is transforming the building. Contractors cut large new windows into the exterior walls. The northern section of the building was bisected into two floors for the offices. A large skylight was cut through the center of the building’s roof, providing natural light into the area that will become a restaurant. That group also will run catering for the event space, which will have a movable partition wall facing downtown Milwaukee. Via a dumbwaiter, its kitchens also will supply food to a large rooftop deck area where patrons can grab a bite and a beer". Milwaukee Brewing will have it's new home within the complex as well. More event space will be available with a great view of the Milwaukee skyline, can't wait to tour the completed project. You can read the entire article and see more photos of the project here.
Technology is progressing at a rapid pace and recently Expo Logic introduced a new facial recognition software at several events in 2017 and more in 2018. According to a recent statement from Expo Logic "an attendee walks into a conference and heads for a kiosk to check-in. As they approach the kiosk, it recognizes their face, greets them by name, and automatically prints their badge". It's helping speed up lines at registration check-in and attendees seem to like the fact they are recognized and messages are customized for each attendee.
A recent article in Today Online features a hotel in Singapore that is testing a 'selfie' picture of an individual as a way to unlock their hotel room. According to Ms Ong Huey Hong, STB’s director of hotels and sector manpower, "facial recognition technology, developed by artificial intelligence solutions firm GTRIIP, is expected to shorten the time taken for guests to check-in and allow hotel employees to “focus on higher value-added tasks" .
You can read more about both articles below:
Facial recognition at events
Facial recognition to unlock your hotel room
The Business Journal reported a new Ballpark Commons golf range is expected to be a year-round draw which would include a beer garden and two restaurants. The Ballpark Commons is being developed in Franklin, a suburb about 25 minutes southwest of Milwaukee.
According to the article, "the main attraction is 57 private suites stacked three stories tall overlooking a driving range where doppler technology would let people play a variety of games, including a riff on the Horse games usually found on a basketball court".
The $15 million golf center will be an anchor for the $125 million ballpark commons in Franklin. Expected completion of the golf center is Summer 2019, the ballpark will be ready to play for league games in March 2019.
Additional information and photos about the complex can be found here.
Congratulations to Green Bay for being named to the 2018 list of Best Midsized Cities for Business Meetings. Green Bay offers great hotels, the KI convention center and many activities for attendees to do outside of their business meeting. Hint: It starts with a 'P' and has the colors of green and gold! You can view the entire listing here
Wisconsinites already know that Madison is a very fun and exciting city to visit. Check out these new things to do in Madison this year. I just completed a visit at Taliesin and was totally impressed with the Frank Lloyd Wright estate, it's a must see on your list of exploring Madison this year. And for those event planners, a unique venue to consider for holding an evening reception or an intimate dinner. Even with the snow, the estate is beautiful year round. You can read the entire article here.
A recent article that appeared in BizTimes definitely showcases Milwaukee and the surrounding communities as a place to visit, enjoy the arts, watch several sports teams, enjoy the Lakefront and drink some beer. This article should get you excited about exploring your hometown. I will be checking out several new restaurants and visiting some attractions that I haven't been to in awhile, and of course sampling the craft beers! You can read the entire article here
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