Historic preservation contributes $1.4B to state’s tourism economy, $1.8B in construction investment

A NEW REPORT released by the Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island found that the spending of heritage tourism visitors to Rhode Island contributes $1.4 billion to the state’s economy. / COURTESY PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT AND PRESERVE RHODE ISLAND
A NEW REPORT released by the Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island found that the spending of heritage tourism visitors to Rhode Island contributes $1.4 billion to the state’s economy. / COURTESY PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT AND PRESERVE RHODE ISLAND
PROVIDENCE — Historic preservation is an overlooked economic asset in Rhode Island, accounting for 9.8 million visitors annually and $1.8 billion in private investment in historical structures, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island. The pervasiveness of historical properties in the Ocean State is…

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