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Local 1 percent meal and beverage tax collections, and hotel tax collections increased year over year in February by 15.2 percent and 11.3 percent, respectively. more
The crash of an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to Paris overnight Thursday is the latest example of the shocks reshaping tourism flows in Europe, as a spate of deadly terrorist attacks cause travelers to flock to safer shores in Spain, Greece and Portugal. more
More than 1.7 million New Englanders, the most since 2005, are expected to travel during Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Northeast. more
Collections from the state 5 percent hotel tax fell 0.3 percent year over year in January, but increased nearly 11 percent when comparing the first seven months of the fiscal year to the same prior-year period, the state Department of Revenue said Wednesday. more
The state’s new tourism campaign is coming to the Blackstone Valley later this month so Rhode Islanders can continue to make it their own. more
Providence ranked third in Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities” list, two places below its top ranking in 2014 – though Mayor Jorge O. Elorza isn’t complaining. more
A Havas PR agency representative said the company is in the midst of negotiating with the R.I. Commerce Corp. about work next fiscal year on the statewide tourism campaign. more
Three Roger Williams University students helped Coventry leaders create a campaign to promote the town as a tourist destination. more
(Updated 12:33 p.m.) Havas PR, one of the companies working with the R.I. Commerce Corp. on the new statewide tourism campaign, will reduce its project fees by an additional $90,000. more
(Updated 12:57 p.m.) Former state Chief Marketing Officer Betsy Wall will be paid half her salary – approximately $67,500, plus up to $500 for opting out of medical coverage, according to a severance agreement released by the R.I. Commerce Corp. on Wednesday. more
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