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BOTTLE OF VINO: Armando Bisceglia, owner of Bacco Vino & Contorni on Providence’s Federal Hill, serves wine to Sarah Long of Swansea on a Friday night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Atwells Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic so restaurateurs can set up tables outside along the street. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TOURISM PIVOT: Struggling industry shifts focus closer to home

Ella Gonzalez is used to hearing families from faraway places bustling into the lobby of the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina during the summer....
HOME FOCUS: Ella Gonzalez, Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina director of sales and marketing, stands on a pier where the hotel is hosting a fitness studio’s cycling classes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. attractions, residents relying on each other this summer

“It’s not about making money this year, it’s about surviving,” said Atlantic Inn owner Brad Marthens. He was talking about his delayed reopening this...
BRIDGE BUZZ: Bryan Lavin, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Hospitality Management, says the pedestrian bridge in Providence has been generating positive reviews in the tourism space. / BN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. tourism inches toward sustainability as threats from climate change, ‘overtourism’...

About 25 million visitors drive, fly and sail into Rhode Island each year. Mansions, restaurants, theaters and historical sites attract their fair share of...
LT. GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE announces the launch of the International Economic Ambassadors Initiative Tuesday. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

McKee launches volunteer economic-ambassadors program

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced the launch of the International Economic Ambassadors Initiative Tuesday. The program will recruit volunteer Rhode Islanders who...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kasim Yarn, the state director of veteran affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless’ annual Awards Breakfast on Sept. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Editor’s Choice: R.I. Coalition for the Homeless to hold Awards Breakfast...

EDITOR’S CHOICE R.I. Coalition for the Homeless to hold Awards Breakfast THE RHODE ISLAND COALITION for the Homeless will hold its annual Awards Breakfast....
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...

Foundation gives $10K grant for Blackstone River education center

PAWTUCKET – The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Heritage Harbor Foundation to help construct a riverfront education...
COMMUNITY RECOGNITION: Lisa Ranglin, president of the Rhode Island Black Business ­Association, addresses the audience during last year’s Awards Gala. The association will hold its seventh annual Awards Gala, honoring small-business owners, local leaders 
and volunteers, in Warwick on Oct. 5, at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick.
 / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND BLACK BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Editor’s Choice: RIBBA to honor local business owners at annual Awards...

EDITOR’S CHOICE RIBBA to honor local business owners at annual Awards Gala THE RHODE ISLAND Black Business Association will host its seventh annual Awards...
CIVIC BOOSTERS: The Guild owners Devin Kelly, left, and Jeremy Duffy were recognized for their efforts to
create jobs and revitalize their Pawtucket neighborhood.
 / COURTESY THE GUILD

Guild owners honored by Pawtucket Foundation

JEREMY DUFFY AND DEVIN KELLY, owners of The Guild in Pawtucket, were honored as People of the Year by the Pawtucket Foundation during the...
SOME TOURISM LEADERS in the state believe that ATM-use data could help the industry better understand who is visiting Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL TEPPER

Can data on ATM use aid tourism?

Although in his 29th year in the Newport tourism industry, Evan Smith is constantly looking for an edge to increase his understanding of who...
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