Experts say R.I. hospitality, tourism industries could take years to come back

EXPERTS SAID it was "virtually impossible" to predict Rhode Island hospitality figures for next year due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 17th annual Rhode Island Hospitality Association Economic Outlook Breakfast. / COURTESY NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had been expecting moderate growth in the restaurant industry and modest lodging industry growth into next year. What these industries and economic experts didn't expect was an exogenous shock to the economy, making it "virtually impossible" to predict figures for next year. Industry advocates and economists predicted that the hotel industry…

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