Hospitality & Tourism

LOCAL FLAVOR: Gracie’s is taking part in the summer Providence Restaurant Weeks, July 7-20. Owner Ellen Slattery with, background from left, kitchen staff Jordan Fleischer, Brian O’Connell, Andres Rodriguez and Josh Berman, in the restaurant's Washington Street location in Providence. 

Providence Restaurant Weeks arrives with summer

PROVIDENCE – When the outside temperature heats up, savvy foodies know it is time to make plans to take part in Providence Restaurant Weeks....
Families and tourists enjoy some beach time on Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Tourism districts win funding boost

As the summer season heads toward its peak, Rhode Island’s six tourism districts’ budgets will see a long-awaited boost from taxes generated by housing...

1% meal and beverage tax collection dips in April

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the local 1% meal and beverage tax in April totaled $2.2 million, a 2.9% decline year over year, according to...
LOCAL 1% meal and beverage tax collection in April totaled $2.2 million in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE MACGREGOR

1% meal and beverage tax collection dips in April

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the local 1% meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in April totaled $2.2 million, a 2.9% decline year over...
MAKING MOVES: Installing Marc Crisafulli, above, as president of Rhode Island ­operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings is the latest move by the entertainment company. Twin River is now publicly traded, is moving its headquarters to downtown Providence and looking to expand outside the Ocean State. 

Twin River eyes younger bettors

Marc Crisafulli, the newly named president of Rhode Island operations for Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., oversees activities at its two local casinos at...
SPORTSBOOK: Guests relax in a lounge at the sportsbook at the Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln. The casino’s sports-betting venue opened in late November and, together with the sportsbook at Tiverton Casino Hotel, which opened a week later, generated nearly $624,000 through March.  

Delays, misjudgment hamper R.I. take from sports betting

Sports gambling is still projected as a strong revenue source for Rhode Island, but not an annual fix for whatever ails the state budget.A...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha announced settlements with ticket sellers that listed or sold deceptive speculative tickets in Rhode Island. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL

AG targets speculative-ticket sales

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced the state reached settlements with three online ticket sellers this week, who were found to...
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,...

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.

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...
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