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New boutique and suite hotels keep coming to Downtown Milwaukee

Published April 16, 2016

Hotel rooms are expanding with openings imminent or on the drawing board for the near future. Perhaps the one drawing the most attention is the Klimpton Journeyman Hotel, scheduled to open in the Historic Third Ward in June.

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show announces 2015 dates and headliner

Published Feb. 25, 2015

At a news conference held earlier today at The Pfister Hotel, event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, presented by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, announced the highly anticipated return of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline this year's show July 25 and 26 along Milwaukee's lakefront.

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Talking tourism, conventions, hotels and more

Published March 13, 2014

As a follow up to last week's "Hotel Week" feature, I reached out to the leadership at Visit Milwaukee to get additional flavor on our city's tourism market, capacity and future.

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Is there room for more hotel rooms in Milwaukee?

Published March 3, 2014

For decades, the people responsible for booking conventions in Milwaukee have cited the number of hotel rooms available as the primary obstacle to booking larger conventions into Milwaukee. And after a conversation with Paul Upchurch, the president and CEO of Visit Milwaukee, it's clear that the number of rooms is still an issue.

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Tourism spending up 7 percent in Milwaukee; 2 percent statewide

Published May 10, 2011

Despite a still-sluggish economy, tourism is up in Wisconsin, especially the Milwaukee area, where visitors spent approximately $2.5 billion dollars last year. In the county alone, visitors spent over $1.5 billion in 2010, an increase of 7.25 percent from last year - well above the 1.88 percent growth statewide. With new additions to the summer festival slate and more conventions coming to town, that number could grow even larger in 2011.