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Key Dates

 

Convention Dates – Sunday, October 3 – Thursday, October 7

Registration – Wednesday, June 16 – Wednesday, August 4

Actives, Associate, Emeritus and Guests notified of Pre-Post – Week of July 26 (and earlier as able)

All attendees notified of Half & Full Day Tours – Week of July 26 (and earlier as able)

Payment for Pre-Post for final confirmation due – On or before Wednesday, August 4 (if not received, waiting list activated)

Cancellation Fee Period – Admin Penalty of $150 – applies after Thursday, August 5 – Thursday, August 12

Canadian members who have registered for the convention and are unable to attend due to the US/Canada border closing will be allowed to receive a full refund, even after the August 12 deadline.‎

No refunds – Friday, August 13

Pricing

 

Members

 

Actives – $575
Associate – $1,175
Emeritus – $1,275

Guest of a member* – $775
Non-member Guest* – $975

 

Non-Member

 

Active*: $625

*Qualified journalists include those who have attended one of these industry events as a journalist in the past five years: Travel Classics, IMM, and IPW. We will also welcome members of NATJA, TMAC, the Midwest Travel Writers Association, the British Travel Writers Guild, the Australian Travel Writers Association, ASJA, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association

 

PR professional: $1,275
Open to anyone in the travel field who works with media. Does not include Media Marketplace.

 

Registration Fee Includes:

– Ground transportation to/from hotel
– Four night stay
– All meals (Sunday evening through Thursday morning)
– All professional development sessions
– Marketplace
– Awards dinner
– One full-day tour or two half-day tours
– Chapter and Council meetings
– SATW business meeting
– Opening reception Sunday evening
– Farewell dinner Wednesday evening
– Tour Tips

 

*All guests sharing a room must be registered. SATW members must register at the applicable SATW rate. Non-members must register as non-member guests and must share a room with an SATW member. The package includes ground transportation in Milwaukee, Evening activities, Breakfast and Lunch with members and Day Tours-optional. Non-Member Guest rate does not include participation in Marketplace or attendance at the Business, Chapter or Council meetings.

Hotel Information

 

You will be responsible for your own hotel reservation. Once your process payment, you’ll receive a confirmation email that contains a link to book your hotel room. A credit card will be required, but your credit card will not be charged. If you need additional nights outside of the core convention, the Saint Kate will be offering rooms for $129 per night between September 29-October 9. You are responsible for any additional charges and fees outside the core convention dates. You are responsible for any and all incidental charges for your entire stay (i.e. guest room wifi upgrades, parking, room service etc.)

 

For questions about your reservation, please reach out to the Front Desk at 414-276-8686.

 

 

For information on the hotels safety precautions, click here.

 

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

139 East Kilbourn

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 276-8686

 

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel is a unique, boutique arts hotel created by artists for artists. The name Saint Kate gives nod to Saint Catherine — the patron saint of artists and the original champion of the creative process — and then spins around and walks firmly in a bold, modern, new direction. She’s the supporter, the encourager, the instigator. Saint Kate is more than a hotel. It is a one-of-its-kind destination for travelers, artists, and the community. It is a venue — a platform for exploration, connection and expression. It is a hub for the established and the emerging, the curious and the visionary.

 

Saint Kate at a Glance

      • 219 elegant guestrooms
      • 11,600 square feet of meeting space
      • 5 unique culinary experiences
      • Black box theater
      • Multiple gallery and exhibition spaces
      • Walking distance from notable art attractions in Milwaukee’s entertainment district as well as the Historic Third Ward neighborhood and the Deer District

 

Room Amenities

      • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
      • Fully-equipped, on-site fitness center
      • Self-parking is available at $20/night
      • In-building restaurant open 7 days a week
      • Wireless charging station in every room
      • Concierge service
      • A ukulele in every room
      • Artwork found in multiple locations in rooms (check out the mural in the closet!)
      • A record player and a small selection of records in every room (additional records available in the lobby)
      • In-room paper scroll and colored pencils

 

Once the Saint Kate room block has been filled, additional rooms will be available at:

 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

509 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

Phone:(414) 271-7250

 

Experience the graceful style and superb service of Hilton Milwaukee City Center, one of Milwaukee’s AAA Four Diamond hotels and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Hilton Milwaukee’s recent multi-million-dollar renovation has restored the hotel to its original 1920s magnificence with elegant chandeliers, rich woodwork accents, marble floors, and refined furnishings.

 

Room Amenities

      • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet hotel-wide
      • Refrigerators available
      • Safes in all guest rooms
      • Hilton Honors points and miles available
      • Accessible for handicapped
      • Connecting rooms
      • Non-smoking rooms
      • Television (standard network, cable, and premium)
      • Telephones with data port and voicemail
      • In-room coffee makers
      • USA Today newspaper delivered Monday through Friday

Transportation

GETTING TO MILWAUKEE

See here and below different options to get to the 2021 Convention.

 

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is just eight miles from downtown offering non-stop flights from about 40 cities and one-stop flights from about 160 cities.

 

      • Delta Discount for SATW Attendees
        • When booking a flight, please apply both the Meeting Event Code AND the SkyBonus Member Number to your reservation.
          • Meeting Event Code: NMULH
          • SkyBonus Points Member Number: US0084894

 

Please note the following:

    • A single code is used for both Domestic and International flights
    • Not all fares are eligible for a discount; fare rules determine eligibility
    • Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, and apply to round trip travel only
    • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers

 

For a possible cheaper alternative, consider flying into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and taking a bus to Milwaukee’s Airport (MKE). Check the bus schedule here.

 

Milwaukee Intermodal Station is serviced by Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses, Megabus, and Coach USA.

 

Lake Express Ferry is an auto/passenger vessel linking Milwaukee with Muskegon in a two-hour ride that is more direct than driving south around Lake Michigan.

 

By car, Milwaukee is located just 90 minutes north of Chicago and within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population. Parking is available at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel as well as surrounding parking structures and lots at varying daily rates.

  

GETTING AROUND MILWAUKEE

 

      • The Hop streetcar connects some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods and attractions
      • Bublr Bikes stations are located throughout Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Allis
      • Rideshare and Taxi are available from companies like Uber, Lyft, American United Taxicab Services, and Forward Pedicab
      • Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses run throughout Milwaukee County, including special shuttles during lakefront events
      • Walking around Milwaukee’s compact downtown or along the city’s RiverWalk are popular options to get around the city

MKE FAQs

 

What are the dates of the convention?

The dates for the core convention are Oct. 3 – 7, 2021. Pre and post tour dates vary and will be found on the pre and post tour listings page.

 

Is Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel offering a special room rate before and after the convention? 

If you are not attending a pre or post tour and would like to arrive before or stay after the core convention, the hotel is offering rooms between October 4 and October 8. The special room rate is $129 per night. That will be available until September 10, 2021 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Price does not include sales and/or occupancy tax or fees. A credit card will be required at checkout to guarantee your reservation at the hotel for both the core convention and any additional nights. Once you’ve registered and submitted payment for the convention, you will be emailed a receipt that includes the link to book your hotel reservation. If you don’t receive that email, please send a note to [email protected].

 

Will there be day passes available?

No, all attendees must register for the full convention.

 

Will there be a joiner fee?

Since the registration does not include airfare, there will be no joiner fee.

 

What does the registration fee include? 

 

The registration fee includes:

      • Ground transportation to/from hotel
      • Four-night stay at the convention hotel
      • All meals (Sunday evening through Thursday morning)
      • All professional development sessions
      • Marketplace
      • One full-day tour or two half-day tours
      • Chapter and Council meetings
      • SATW business meeting
      • Opening reception Sunday evening
      • Awards dinner Monday evening
      • Taste of Wisconsin reception Tuesday evening
      • Farewell reception Wednesday evening
      • Tour tips

 

How soon will I know which day tours I have been assigned?

All tour assignments selections will be confirmed via email during the week of August 16.

 

Can I make changes to my requests for day tours, pre/post tours or when I receive them?

Our registrar cannot accommodate requests to swap day tours. For pre/post tours, as of August 13 changes cannot be accommodated. Effective August 13, SATW’s no-refund policy for cancellations is in effect.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Per SATW’s Code of Conduct, attendees are expected to participate in all activities for which they registered. If an attendee must cancel a tour, he/she is expected to notify the registrar as soon as possible. Anyone missing two or more scheduled activities for which they are registered without giving prior notification to the registrar may be liable for Code of Conduct violations.

 

Have itineraries for day tours and pre/post tours been finalized?

Although largely accurate today, all itineraries are subject to revisions between now and October. A few weeks prior to the convention all attendees will receive a personalized itinerary reflecting their individual tour arrangements.

 

Can my guest come on a pre and/or post tour with me?

Yes, but they must register for a pre and/or post tour with their accompanying member; they cannot travel independently from the member.

 

Are there any special requirements to be able to participate in a pre or post tour?

All participants on pre and post tours in the region must be prepared for a reasonable amount of walking. Participants are expected to be able to manage the requirements as noted in each tour itinerary.

 

What is the appropriate dress code?

In the cool October of the Midwest, you should be prepared for cooler temperatures and plan to layer your garments, perhaps with a light vest and/or jacket as the outer layer(s). Please bring comfortable walking shoes. For the day tours during the core convention and the pre- and post-convention tours, we recommend casual attire but refer to the individual itineraries for specific apparel suggestions. For the SATW program activities, evening programs, and meals, we suggest business-casual attire. No formal events are scheduled.

 

Are tips included in the convention package?

Tips for guides and drivers on day tours as well as pre and post tours are included. Tips for maids, bellhops, and waiters are at your discretion.

 

Is there a cancellation deadline? 

Cancellations up until August 13 will be assessed $150 fee. There will be no refunds provided after that date. There will be no refunds for the pre and post tours as those funds go to the entities providing the trips. All cancellations must be received in writing by the SATW Convention Registrar.

 

Exceptions will be made only for documentable and serious medical emergencies or death of someone in the member’s immediate family (e.g., spouse, spouse equivalent, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, grandparent). In these instances, the member will receive a full refund minus a $150 processing fee. In the case of a medical emergency, a note from the attending physician is required stating he/she is unable to travel due to medical reasons. The approval of the refund exception must be made by the SATW President, or in his/her absence, the SATW President Elect. Any appeals by a member will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and a final decision will be issued within 60 days.

 

SATW strongly recommends members purchase optional trip insurance from Medjet Assist for trip cancellation, interruption, illness, injury and baggage loss or damage (U.S. and Canadian members only).

 

Hashtags

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      • #VisitMKE
      • #TravelWI

 

Milwaukee FAQs

 

What is Milwaukee weather like in October?

The average monthly high in October is 59 degrees with the average low being 43 degrees. Although Milwaukee’s 29 million visitors come to the city almost evenly across all seasons, fall is the highest with 28 percent of visitors during autumn. Fall color traditionally peaks in the Milwaukee area during early October.

 

What should I pack?

Be sure to dress in layers as the weather can vary with the temperature often much cooler the nearer you are to Lake Michigan. For active events, we encourage you to bring close toed walking shoes, water bottle(s), a backpack or bag, and perhaps some snacks.

 

What is Milwaukee’s population size?

Milwaukee proper is home to nearly 600,000 residents. The four-county area has a population of 1.5 million. (Source: US Census Bureau 2019 estimates)

 

What time zone is Milwaukee in?

During the convention, Milwaukee will be in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

 

Is Milwaukee safe?

Milwaukee is a safe city and growing even safer each year with the city crime rate being down 30 percent over 10 years as of early 2020.

 

How do I travel around Milwaukee?

      • The Hop streetcar connects some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods and attractions
      • Bublr Bikes stations are located throughout Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Allis
      • Rideshare and Taxi are available from companies like Uber, Lyft, American United Taxicab Services, and Forward Pedicab
      • Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses run throughout Milwaukee County, including special shuttles during lakefront events
      • Walking around Milwaukee’s compact downtown or along the city’s RiverWalk are popular options to get around the city

 

Where can I find story ideas?

General story ideas can be found on VISIT Milwaukee’s website. To discuss more in-depth story angles please reach out to VISIT Milwaukee’s communications team by emailing [email protected]. You may also access to downloadable photos and b-roll from the VISIT Milwaukee media library.

 

Where can I find Milwaukee facts?

Check out VISIT Milwaukee’s Tourism Fact Sheet for fun facts and tourism data as well as the Milwaukee Fact Sheet for population and business information.

 

What are Milwaukee’s signature events?

Milwaukee is the City of Festivals. From the world’s largest music festival – Summerfest – to countless cultural festivals, neighborhood street parties, and even a 24-hour bike race, there’s always something to celebrate in Milwaukee. Explore Milwaukee’s Annual Event Calendar and Milwaukee365.com for upcoming events.

 

 

Compliments of VISIT Milwaukee.

BAR DISTRICTS OF MILWAUKEE

 

For a full review of Milwaukee’s bar scene, click here.

A special thank you to the Milwaukee committee and staff for putting this spectacular convention together.

President: Larry Bleiberg
Convention Co-Chairs: Laurie Armstrong Gossy & Christine Loomis
Executive Director: Marla Schrager

 

Visit Milwaukee Support:

Director of Communications: Claire Koenig
Communications Manager: Lindsey McKee
Director of Event Experience: Brittany Korth

 

Staff:
Account Manager:
Anna McManus

Meetings Manager: 
Brittany Marinovich
Sponsorship Manager: Alan Goodin

Key Dates

 

Convention Dates – Sunday, October 11 – Thursday, October 15

Registration – Wednesday, February 12 – Friday, July 31
Please note: The option to choose Pre/Post/Day Tours will not be available after Tuesday, June 30.
If you’re interested in participating on a Pre/Post/Day Tour, please register before June 30.

Actives, Associate, Emeritus and Guests notified of Pre-Post – Week of July 13 (and earlier as able)

Payment for Pre-Post for final confirmation due – On or before Friday, July 31 (if not received, waiting list activated)

All attendees notified of Half & Full Day Tours – Week of August 17

Cancellation Fee Period – Admin Penalty of $150 – August 1 – August 6

No refunds – Friday, August 7

President: Larry Bleiberg
Convention Chair: Laurie Armstrong Gossy
Convention Vice Chair: Christine Loomis
Executive Director: Marla Schrager

 

Visit Milwaukee Support:

Kristin Settle, Director of Communications

Claire Koenig, Communications Manager

Lindsey McKee, Communications Manager

Emily Tau, Communications Coordinator

 

Staff:
Account Manager:
Anna McManus
Membership Coordinator: James Cafiero
Meetings Manager: 
Brittany Marinovich
Sponsorship Manager: Alan Goodin

Awards:
Elliot Gillies

 

Day Tours:
Chair: Tom Adkinson

 

First Timers:
Chairs: Meryl Pearlstein & Annita Stokes Thomson

 

Marketplace:

Chair: Gaylene Ore

Juan Camero

 

Professional Development:

Chair: Catharine Hamm

Kit Bernardi

Stephanie Bradley

Jody Halsted

Michelle Rodriguez

 

Photo Shoot-Out:

Chairs: Matt Payne & Kerrick James

 

Pre-Post Tours:

Chair: Wendy Haase

Gary Knowles

Melanie Radzicki McManus

David Lang

With thanks to Mary Bergin and Martin Hintz

 

Promotions/Publicity:

Chair: Anietra Hamper

 

Social Media:

Chair: Kimberly Tate

 

Staff:
Account Manager:
Anna McManus
Membership Coordinator: James Cafiero
Meetings Manager: 
Deb Sorgel
Sponsorship Manager: Jim Anderson