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Governor Walker Attends Marriott Ribbon Cutting

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Governor Walker Attends Marriott Ribbon Cutting

Monday, November 4, 2013 - Press Release

Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker today attended the ribbon cutting for the new Milwaukee Marriott downtown hotel.  This is the first full-service downtown hotel to be built in 20 years in Milwaukee.

“Not only does this hotel add 137 jobs, but it creates a great new space for tourists and visitors to stay when they visit Milwaukee,” Governor Walker said.  “The tourism industry is a growing sector in our state’s economy and this new hotel is good for both the local economy and the workers that are now employed.”

Located in East Town, and within walking distance of the Third Ward, this new hotel will offer comfortable, convenient accommodations for visitors.  The hotel includes nine floors, 204 rooms, and 9,000 square feet of event space for business meetings and wedding receptions.  A Starbucks and Millioke restaurant will round out the experience for guests.

In 2012, visitors to Milwaukee County spent more than $1.6 billion, an increase of nearly five percent from 2011.   Milwaukee County tourism supports about 30,000 jobs and generates $203 million in state and local tax revenue.

One in 13 jobs in the state is sustained by tourism activity.  Approximately 96.6 million people visited the state in 2012, and the total tourism impact of visitors increased 5 percent to $16.8 billion.