Hospitality & Tourism

IN 2017, 4% of homes in the Ocean State were designated as vacation homes. / COURTESY INVESTMENT PROPERTY EXCHANGE SERVICES

Report: 4% of R.I. homes are vacation homes, highest concentration in...

PROVIDENCE – Just over 4% of properties in Rhode Island were vacation homes in 2017, according to a new report from Investment Property Exchange...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
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Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
PRETTY ­PICTURE? Are state-sponsored efforts enough to keep the growth of Rhode Island’s tourism industry on an upward trajectory? 
 / COURTESY KATHERINE GENDREAU

Direction of tourism marketing still unanswered question for R.I.

In 2002, Providence Business News published an opinion piece that called for cooperation among the various visitor attractions in the Ocean State, something that...

Visas fill hundreds of summer jobs

It’s midsummer, and Susan Tosun is still waiting on a few Newport residents who were offered seasonal jobs to get back to her.Each year...

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...
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