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SOLE SURVIVOR: Tracy Hartman is the CEO of Yawgoo Valley, the only ski park still in operation in Rhode Island. The business has remained viable by diversifying its offerings, adding a water park in 1991 and a snow-tubing hill in 1995. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Yes, winter is challenging, but should it prevent R.I. from attracting...

Originally established as a ski park in Exeter in 1965, ­Yawgoo Valley celebrates all that the Ocean State has to offer tourists and locals...

R.I. pitched as ‘Fun-Sized’

“Marketing is not a logo, it is not a brand,” said R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano, discussing the agency’s decidedly low-key...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
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

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...

Tourism funding frustration grows

The fiscal 2018 budget finally signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo Aug. 3 again shifts tourism funding, and some regional council directors...
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