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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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
AT FRIDAY'S TOURISM STUDY COMMISSION MEETING, it was confirmed that Newport's contract with short-term rental property monitoring software company Host Compliance was extended. Rep. Lauren H. Carson, D-Newport, the committee's head, sits at the center of the back row. / PBN PHOTO/EMILY GOWDEY-BACKUS

Newport extends host compliance contract for three years

PROVIDENCE – At the April Tourism Study Commission meeting, held Friday at the Statehouse, it was confirmed that Newport had re-upped its contract with...
AN INCREASE in unregistered, short-term rental properties cropping up on third-party hosting platforms is causing some headaches in Newport. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Keeping the peace in Newport

Most Newport residents understand the city benefits from its international reputation as a tourist attraction.But an increase in unregistered, short-term rental properties cropping up...
COLLECTION OF THE 5 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island increased 8.5 percent year over year in August. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $135,027 of total collection. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I.’s 5% hotel tax collection up in August

PROVIDENCE – The 5 percent hotel tax collection in Rhode Island in August increased 8.5 percent year over year to $3.2 million, an increase...
THE CHANLER at Cliff Walk and The Spiced Pear at The Chanler have been nominated for 2016 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. / COURTESY THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK

Expansion of 1% hotel tax drives year-over-year gains for R.I. towns,...

PROVIDENCE – Thanks to the expansion of the state’s 1 percent hotel tax to include online hosting platforms and home rentals, revenue for August...
JOE GEBBIA, co-founder of Airbnb and a RISD graduate, said his time at the Providence-based design school helped him grow the accommodation sharing company./COURTESY GREATER PROVIDENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/ CONSTANCE BROWN

R.I. Airbnb hosts rake in $10.8M over summer season

PROVIDENCE - Local Airbnb Inc. hosts booked stays for 52,900 incoming individuals netting $10.8 million between Memorial Day and Labor Day according to a report released...

Gebbia launches new line of adaptable office furniture

NEW YORK – Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and 2005 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, is using the skills he picked up studying...
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