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ROUGHLY 2.2 MILLION New England residents are anticipated to travel by car for the July 4 holiday weekend. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

AAA: 2.5M New Englanders to travel for July 4

PROVIDENCE – Roughly 2.5 million New England residents are expected to travel for Independence Day, according to AAA Northeast Tuesday.Overall in the United States,...
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Kristen Adamo

Kristen Adamo | President and CEO, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau1. You were promoted to president and CEO of the Providence Warwick...
GUIDED TOURS: Pinwheel Tourism owner Bradly VanDerStad offers students and tourists guided walking tours of Providence sites, including Federal Hill, the East Side and downtown.
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Pinwheel lets you decide what tours are worth

A free tour may not sound like a practical business model, but Bradly VanDerStad, owner of Bradly J. LLC – doing business as Pinwheel...
THE DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE Parks Conservancy received $35,000 to help fund operations at Burnside Park from June through September. Above, Big Nazo performing at Storytime + Art in the Park. / COURTESY THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION/KRISTIN CRANE

Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy receives $35K from Providence Tourism Council

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Foundation’s Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy program has been awarded $35,000 from the Providence Tourism Council, the foundation announced Monday.The funds...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, June 17, 2019

From Block Island to the state’s urban centers, boutique is the watchword for preferred hotel experiences.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on...
ANTIQUE FIREHOUSE: Christopher Bicho, owner of six boutique hotel properties in Newport, including the Town & Tide Inn, stands in a renovated, antique firehouse that he rents out as an Airbnb site.
 / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Boutique hotels go mainstream

Early on a chilly Wednesday morning just before Memorial Day weekend, Christopher Bicho walks into the Town & Tide Inn in Newport. An aroma...
RENOVATED MANOR: Will Bradfield is the co-general manager at the 16-room Cliffside Inn in Newport that underwent a renovation earlier this year. The painting at left is by Beatrice Turner, who summered at the manor from 1907-1948.
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Boutique Revival

Since November 2017 there have been 15 boutique hotel construction and/or renovation projects completed or announced in three Ocean State communities. Combined, the projects...

Puglisi named new general manager of The Vanderbilt

MASSIMILIANO PUGLISI was recently named the new general manager of The Vanderbilt mansion hotel in Newport. Puglisi, a native of Italy, has worked in...
COLLECTION OF the 5% hotel tax in March totaled $1.1 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Collection of 5% hotel tax in March up on hosting platform...

PROVIDENCE – The collection of the 5% hotel tax in Rhode Island in March totaled $1.14 million, a 3% increase year over year, according...

Collette CEO named 2019 Pawtucket Person of the Year

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN JR., CEO of Collette Travel Service Inc., was recognized as the 2019 Pawtucket Person of the Year by the Pawtucket Foundation...
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