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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hospitality & Tourism

Can parks, libraries heal wounds?

There’s this new park in Tulsa, Okla., and it’s amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon last month expecting calm and quiet and instead...
RHODE ISLAND'S seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall in October to 3.8 percent. October 2018 marks the sixth month of declines for the measure, declining 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Steady unemployment declines continue into Oct.

PROVIDENCE – In its sixth month of either 0.2 or 0.1 percentage point dips, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued its decline...
THE COUNTRY INN in Warren has closed. / COURTESY WJAR-TV NBC 10

The Country Inn closes abruptly

WARREN - Another old school Rhode Island restaurant has shut its doors. The Country Inn on Route 136 in Warren closed permanently as of...
KIMBERLY GREENE (left), chairman of the board of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Martha Sheridan, PWCVB president and CEO, congratulate Larry Lepore, general manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the RI Convention Center. Lepore was inducted into the PWCVB’s Hall of Fame at its annual meeting. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WARWICK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Lepore, Panaggio, Cooke, RWP Zoo honored at PWCVB annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – A healthy local hospitality industry was celebrated Wednesday evening at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting.The group tallied a...
MORE THAN 2.4 MILLION New England residents are expected to travel more than 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday. Roughly 2.1 million of those travelers are expected to do so by car./ PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

AAA: Thanksgiving travel expected to be most since 2005

PROVIDENCE – More than 2.4 million New Englanders are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home for Thanksgiving this year, according...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Being a professional chef in Rhode Island, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, is unlike anywhere else. It’s mutually...
COLLECTION OF the 1 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island totaled $748,596 in July, a 0.5 percent decline year over year.

1% hotel tax collection down slightly to start fiscal year

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island totaled $748,596 in July, a 0.5 percent decline year over year from...
RETURNING FOR its 12th year, Newport Restaurant Week will take place from Nov. 2 through Nov. 11. This year, the event will feature a new pricing scale as well as partnership with two local nonprofit organizations. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Restaurants band together for 12th Newport Restaurant Week

NEWPORT - The eight-day-long fall edition of Newport Restaurant Week returns for its 12th year with an updated pricing structure and nonprofit partners.From Nov....

Hammetts Wharf project begins construction

NEWPORT – Construction on the $29 million Hammetts Wharf project began Oct. 23 at a ceremony attended by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.The building, when...

RIAC receives positive rating outlook from Finch

WARWICK – Fitch Ratings has revised the R.I. Airport Corp.’s ratings outlook from stable to positive, citing increased enplanements and reduced costs for airlines...
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