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R.I. Commerce Corp. seeking event proposals to boost off-season tourism

PROVIDENCE – As a means to increase visitation to the state, the R.I. Commerce Corp. Is utilizing $1 million in federal American Rescue Plan...

R.I. Commerce Corp. announces expansion of hotel discount program

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. on Tuesday announced the return and extension of the annual destination marketing initiative previously known as “Hotel Week,” in...

R.I. Commerce Corp. increases marketing consultant contracts

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp.’s board of directors approved changes to a pair of contracts related to tourism, advertising and marketing in the state.  During...
SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017.  / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Kimble-Huntley sees tourism opportunity in ‘customizable experiences’

PROVIDENCE – Anika Kimble-Huntley, chief marketing officer at R.I. Commerce Corp., sees signs of a tourism bounce back in the Ocean State despite ongoing...
READY FOR TAKEOFF: James Lolio, left, event manager for the Roger Williams Park Zoo; Ronald Patalano, deputy director of zoo operations; and Do Bao, of Hannart Culture, prepare one of the displays for the Asian Lantern Spectacular set to open at the zoo on April 13. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoo looks to capitalize on record attendance

When Roger Williams Park Zoo opened in 1872, its collection of animals was small and included raccoons, guinea pigs and squirrels. Not exactly a...
RIPPLE EFFECT: R.I. Airport Corp. CEO and President Iftikhar Ahmad thinks new nonstop flights in and out of Rhode Island International T.F. Green Airport to southern and West Coast destinations will help boost both leisure and business travel to Rhode Island, which will have a rippling effect for the rest of the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New nonstop flights have R.I. tourism leaders salivating

Iftikhar Ahmad sees dollar signs in the winding security lines and crowds clumped around conveyor belts of suitcases at Rhode Island T.F. Green International...

Hopeful signs for tourism

As we leave another COVID winter behind, some hopeful signs for tourism are emerging along with the crocuses. R.I. Commerce Corp. recently approved spending $3.4...

Vermont-based firm to study tourism impacts on Block Island

NEW SHOREHAM – The Block Island Tourism Council has contracted a firm to study societal and environmental impacts of tourism on Block Island. The study,...

Kimble-Huntley: Time to be ‘thinking differently and thinking big’ on tourism

PROVIDENCE – “Thinking big is going to be one of the things that is going to set us apart from other states” on tourism,...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in the barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive amount of canceled trips. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. branding has been hit or miss

TOURISM When R.I. Commerce Corp. decided to hire a chief marketing officer in late 2015, it made sense – bring in a person to guide...
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