Hospitality & Tourism

Commerce eyes fall, winter for R.I. tourism opportunities

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s appeal in the fall and winter, combined with the ample availability of hotel rooms, is an untapped resource, the state’s...
SPECTATORS LINE the pier during the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race North American stopover in Newport. Sail Newport is still deciding on whether to bid for the 2022 stopover point. /COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE

Sail Newport: Decision on Ocean Race stopover depends on race schedule

NEWPORT – Sail Newport, host of the 2015 and 2018 North American Ocean Race stopover points, has yet to decide whether it will enter...
FORT ADAMS State Park is once again playing host to this year's Newport Folk Festival, which sold out less than an hour after tickets went on sale, according to festival organizers. / COURTESY R.I. DEPT OF TOURISM

State: Summer tourism outlook sunny

PROVIDENCE – Tourism officials across the state are expecting another busy summer, based on last year’s performance and pre-booking numbers for this season.With months...

April traffic falls at T.F. Green from 2018, still higher than...

WARWICK – The number of enplaned and deplaned passengers at T.F. Green Airport totaled 337,256 in April, a 14.2% decline year over year, according...
THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY of Newport County has announced that the National Trust of Historic Preservation has awarded a $50,000 grant to help with the preservation of a historic African burial ground in Newport.

$50K grant will help preserve headstones at African burial ground in...

NEWPORT – The Preservation Society of Newport County has received a $50,000 grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation to help preserve vulnerable...
TRAFFIC AT T.F. Green Airport totaled 337,256 passengers in April, a 14.2% decline year over year. Despite the drop, figures for April were higher than April 2015, 2016 and 2017 traffic. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

April traffic falls at T.F. Green from 2018, still higher than...

WARWICK – The number of enplaned and deplaned passengers at T.F. Green Airport totaled 337,256 in April, a 14.2% decline year over year, according...
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. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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...
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