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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...
LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26.  
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Does R.I. have too many chambers?

It’s busy being half of a two-person, full-time staff for the state’s oldest wish-granting entity, A Wish Come True. The Warwick-based nonprofit grants wishes...
ERIC WEINER, shown in 2017, is an Airbnb host who rents out rooms in his Providence house. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence moving to regulate short-term home rentals

PROVIDENCE – Short-term home and apartment rentals such as Airbnb will be restricted in Providence, particularly in residential neighborhoods, under a proposed ordinance moving...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 18, 2019

New players are disrupting a host of traditional services. While bad for some R.I. entrepreneurs, others cash in.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...
UPENDED MARKET: Ali Sanfilippo, a real estate paralegal at Sayer, Regan & Thayer in Newport, lives in New Bedford with her boyfriend. The couple is looking to move to Rhode Island but is having trouble finding apartments for rent. That’s partly due to an upending of the rental market that has seen investors and homeowners transform former year-round rentals into short-term units for services such as Airbnb.
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Adapt to disruptors – or perish? New players are disrupting a...

Where have all the apartments gone? On Aquidneck Island, and particularly Newport, the listing of an affordable, livable, two-bedroom home now draws a frenzy...

Five Questions With: Adam Thayer

Adam Thayer is an attorney with Sayer, Regan & Thayer LLP, of Newport, who specializes in real estate law. He spoke to the Providence...
NEWPORT COUNTY had more Airbnb guest arrivals than any other county in Rhode Island and saw significantly more income generated for hosts than other counties in 2018. / COURTESY AIRBNB

Airbnb logs 165K guest arrivals in R.I., $29M in host income...

PROVIDENCE – In 2018, approximately 165,000 guest arrivals were logged via Airbnb in Rhode Island, resulting in roughly $29 million in income for Rhode...

Five Questions With: Sarah Bratko

Sarah Bratko is the manager of governmental affairs for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, which represents more than 800 hospitality-related businesses in the state,...
COMFORTABLE SURROUNDINGS: Jeffrey Kerkhoff, owner of Jephry Floral Studio on Broadway in Providence, with customer Melissa Lamoine of Cumberland. Kerkhoff said he feels comfortable in a neighborhood that has improved in value and esteem since he first opened his floral business 20 years ago.
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As investment boosts city neighborhoods, can developers avoid displacing the poor?

Twenty years ago, Jeffrey Kerkhoff opened a floral ­studio in a narrow backroom of an upholstery business on Broadway, on the west side of...
DISCOVER NEWPORT reported a 9.4 percent year-to-date increase in lodging revenue for the city. Countywide, Newport County saw a 3.3 percent increase in the same period. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Newport touts 10% lodging revenue jump YTD, no fear of fall...

NEWPORT - Heralding the upcoming Labor Day weekend holiday, Discover Newport released a report Friday emphasizing the City by the Sea's tourism popularity during...
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