American Legion announces Milwaukee as host city in 2022
Posted on: 6/28/2017
MILWAUKEE, WI - (May 11, 2017) – VISIT Milwaukee has one more reason to celebrate National Tourism Week (May 5-12). The American Legion has announced that Milwaukee will be the host of its prestigious National Convention from August 24 - September 1, 2022.
Milwaukee won the bid last week in Indianapolis with its presentation, which included a customized video address from Governor Scott Walker.
According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “It was a real team effort to win this major convention business for Milwaukee. The combination of the American Legion’s successful convention experience here in 2010, along with a great convention package and the promise of all the new development that will be in place by 2022, helped seal the deal for Milwaukee.”
The convention’s 13,000 attendees will account for 17,700 room nights, bringing an impressive estimated economic impact of $11.2 million to the greater Milwaukee area.
“It is exactly this kind of economic impact that we are celebrating during National Tourism Week. The local tourism industry is a major economic driver, providing jobs for more than 51,000 in 2016, as well as $350 million in taxes that benefit the whole community.”