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American Legion announces Milwaukee as host city in 2022

The convention’s 13,000 attendees will account for 17,700 room nights.

By - May 12th, 2017 10:41 am

MILWAUKEE, WI – (May 12, 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,” said Upchurch.

About VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit

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