A recent article by a travel blogger from Chicago is a good read about her weekend trip and what she experienced. She mentions "Milwaukee has a burgeoning culinary scene, world-class breweries, charming neighborhoods, and an incredible lakefront". Milwaukee is also very accessible by car, rail, boat or plane. If you're not sure what to do, Visit Milwaukee's new website has a section to help plan your next visit so you have an amazing weekend in Milwaukee! You can read the travel blogger's article here.
Plan your visit here.
Summerfest which is recognized as 'The World's Largest Music Festival' starts this week in Milwaukee and runs from June 27-July 1 and July 3-8, 2018. Not only do they have the best music lineup (locals think so), the Henry Maier Festival Park also is a great place to have a Corporate party or Special Event and take advantage of the unique (and incredibly beautiful) setting along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. There are number of Pavilion's or VIP areas for rent and include a full party set-up, tent, tables/chairs, bar, access to restrooms, a security guard and a place to display your event sign or corporate banner. Admission tickets are also available at a discounted rate. Contact Destination Management Connection at www.dm-connection.com to set up your event this year.
The full Summerfest music lineup can be found here.
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee has made it to the top round of cities being considered to host the 2020 Democratic Convention. The other two cities also being considered are Houston and Miami Beach, after the fourth finalist Denver dropped out. According to Alex Lasry, chairman of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC convention bid committee said "Milwaukee has everything the DNC needs to put on a great convention: a brand-new arena, co-located convention space, and plenty of hotel rooms. Milwaukee knows how to handle big events and we know how to put on a great party. There is no place that will be more affordable for delegates and has better weather in July than Milwaukee." You can read the entire article here.
The Wisconsin Center District board were shown artist renderings of the proposed center on Friday. "Milwaukee’s downtown convention center could see a dynamic expansion costing $244 million to $277 million, but serious deliberations on the project probably won’t start until early 2019 after November’s elections for governor and the Wisconsin Legislature.The reason no decision is imminent on the proposal revealed Friday is that the convention hall’s governing board might need new funding sources requiring approvals from the governor and the Legislature. No politician is likely to approve potential new public funding or taxes before an election." according to the article. You can read the article in it's entirety here.
A recent article appearing in Smart Meetings magazine spoke to the value that DMC's bring to a meeting professional. Because of the volume of business a DMC handles in a destination, they are able to obtain a lower price for services than someone contacting the vendor directly and that cost savings is passed along to the client. They also know the destination extremely well and have contacts for venues you may not be able to get into for an event. “DMCs pride themselves on creativity, and want to give the client the biggest impact for their spend.”
If you are too busy to plan an event in Wisconsin, consider hiring Destination Management Connection to help.
You can read the entire article here.
A hotel's developer is currently seeking city permits for a site they purchased back in 2016 on the corner of West Clybourn and North Plankinton Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. According to an article in The Business Journal, the developer may be moving forward with plans to build a 132 room Cambria hotel.
Several other recent hotel developments are underway, according to The Business Journal, "The project marks another significant hotel investment in and around downtown Milwaukee. Other major projects underway now include conversion of a former office building at East Wisconsin Avenue and North Water Street into a Drury Plaza Hotel with about 200 rooms. The former Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center is being restored and expanded into a new hotel that would be run by another new name to the market, Portland-based Provenance Hotels.
The Hyatt Place Downtown Milwaukee near the new Milwaukee Bucks arena opens later this month, and construction started in December on a second hotel tower at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino."
You can read the entire article here.
The Milwaukee Ballet they will be moving to a building in The Historic Third Ward which was recently announced. Work just began on The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's new $80 million dollar building in downtown Milwaukee. In addition, Discovery World has almost completed construction of a new permanent structure North of the current building, it will be used for exhibits but also great event space right along Lake Michigan. A recent article in Urban Milwaukee featured more detail on all the construction projects going on that are Arts and Culture related. There was also mention of expanding the current convention center. You can read the entire article here.
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