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Wisconsin: Where welcomes are warm

Courtesy Waukesha/Pewaukee CVB

There’s just nothing like a Wisconsin welcome. The state’s landscape may vary, with rolling farms, sparkling lakes and stately northwoods, but its communities all greet meeting groups with open arms and above-average service.

In the southeastern suburban towns of Waukesha and Pewaukee, local shops bring products to their meeting guests to create on-site experiences like wine-and-cheese pairings, and the Fox Cities — 18 communities in the northeastern part of the state — are so helpful that meeting planners offer almost endless testimonials to their service. The capital city of Madison even has a “Going Beyond Visit” program created to do just that for its many meetings and conventions.

Cities throughout the Badger State are finding that sports events may be recession-proof, and both Madison and Wausau are growing this business by launching sports departments to tout their outstanding facilities. As the home of the legendary Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay is a sports destination in its own right. Meeting groups are invariably drawn to this storied football team and want to incorporate the Packers program into their events through tours of the Packers Hall of Fame or a reception at the Atrium, a new addition to Lambeau Field.