By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Feb 10, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Moose International has selected Milwaukee to host its 2013 international convention.

Made up of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose, Moose International is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888 with nearly 1.1 million men and women in roughly 1,800 Lodges and 1,600 Chapters throughout North America, including four Canadian provinces as well as Great Britain and Bermuda.

The convention is expected to bring more than 7,000 delegates to the city, take up as many as 18,000 room nights and pump approximately $9 million into the local economy.

"This is a group of people who have a history of doing good deeds and working to improve communities throughout the country and the world," said Common Council President Willie Hines, a member of the VISIT Milwaukee executive board.

"Like all groups who select to convene in Milwaukee, they will come to experience our warm brand of hospitality and world-class attractions that make us a great visitor destination."

William B. Airey, director general and chief executive officer of Moose International, said Milwaukee will make an ideal destination for its 2013 convention.

"There are a lot of factors that go into our site selection decision," said Airey. "We were impressed by the community's desire to host us and the overall quality of the city's hospitality community. We're very excited about bringing our members to Milwaukee, for what will be the first time since 1944."