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WHEN THE HARBORSIDE INN was destroyed by fire in August, it put a temporary dent in the number of visits to Block Island because it also damaged booking operations that also served other hotels and accomodations. Those operations were located at the Harborside Inn. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Bad weather, fire have chilling effect for some on Block Island

Rainy weekends, a hotel fire and stormy seas appear to have helped dampen the summer tourism season for Block Island business owners, but the...
ON GUARD: Becky and Tim Clark, owners of The Beachead restaurant on Block Island, say business hasn’t been quite as robust so far this summer. 
PBN PHOTO/ K. CURTIS

R.I. tourism stays local: Regional campaigns lead the way this summer

Just days before the start of the high season in Newport in early July, local tourism officials gathered to talk status and strategy. At the...
A SCREEN SHOT of some of the Airbnb rentals available in Newport, along with nightly charges. / COURTESY AIRBNB INC.

Will R.I.’s new registry discourage short-term vacation property rentals?

State business regulators are going to start taking names – and charging fees – of Rhode Island property owners who rent out their homes...

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,...
BLOCK ISLAND'S TOP TOURISM official says the summer destination had a great high season in 2021, and the good times are continuing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

‘High-spending’ visitors give Block Island a big lift

Block Island’s business owners are in a celebratory mood after a summer tourism season that saw visitors eager to open their wallets and spend,...

Block Island officials drafting emergency ordinance for indoor mask mandate

NEW SHOREHAM - Block Island officials are considering an indoor mask mandate to address a notable uptick in COVID-19 cases on the island. The New...
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but...

A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19...

Tourism councils want state marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism council leaders believe the state’s next chief marketing officer should be someone with local knowledge, marketing experience and a...

Block Island tourism surprises

Amid the widespread economic carnage wrought by the pandemic in 2020, somehow tiny Block Island and its tourist-dependent businesses emerged to fight another day. “No...
BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...
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