Competition for weddings, events spurs Newport investments

APPEALING AMENITY: Nichole Wardle, Longwood Venues & Destinations director of sales and marketing, hopes Newport Beach House amenities such as the Driftwood Meeting Room, pictured above, will inspire corporate-event managers to host their meetings in the area. / COURTESY LONGWOOD VENUES & DESTINATIONS
APPEALING AMENITY: Nichole Wardle, Longwood Venues & Destinations director of sales and marketing, hopes Newport Beach House amenities such as the Driftwood Meeting Room, pictured above, will inspire corporate-event managers to host their meetings in the area. / COURTESY LONGWOOD VENUES & DESTINATIONS
George Filopoulos and his wife have made the 90-minute boat ride from their home in Montauk, N.Y., to Newport once every summer for the past 15 years. Owner and founder of Metrovest Equities, out of New York, which manages the Montauk-based property Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Filopoulos said the couple “fell in love…

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