MILWAUKEE -- VISIT Milwaukee is using social media to get professionals to visit the city through a national conference, called the "Social Media Tourism Symposium."
The location of the conference will be chosen through a bracket voting system on Facebook. "Usually, what VISIT Milwaukee does when we bid for a conference to come here - we do it behind-the-scenes. This time, all of Milwaukee has the chance to weigh in and help us bring the conference here," Jeannine Sherman with VISIT Milwaukee said.
The "Social Media Tourism Symposium" is an opportunity for professionals in tourism-related organizations to get together to talk about social media and how they use it within their organizations, to learn best social media practices, and to network with other professionals.
16 destinations are in the running. The conference location will be chosen through a March Madness Sweet 16 style bracket competition. Milwaukee is up against Lee High Valley, Pennsylvania. If Milwaukee wins against Pennsylvania, the city advances to the next round.
VISIT Milwaukee officials hope to get your vote, to multiply awareness about the city through Tweets and Facebook status updates. "We know if we get (the conference) here, they are going to be talking about Milwaukee while they're here to thousands of additional people," Sherman said.
The winning city will be announced in about three weeks, and the "Social Media Tourism Symposium" would be held in early November.
CLICK HERE to vote for Milwaukee via VISIT Milwaukee's Facebook page. You get one vote from every device you vote on - including cell phones, laptops and iPads.