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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...

Orsted named to TIME100 Most Influential Companies list

PROVIDENCE – Orsted A/S, a Danish renewable energy developer, was named to Time USA LLC's TIME100 Most influential Companies list Wednesday for the second...

R.I. leaders want ‘bold’ commitment to offshore wind

Rhode Island leaders want offshore wind to supply more of the state's power to cement its position as a hub for the industry, reduce...

Work starts on wind farm off New England’s southern coast 

WAINSCOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Construction has started on a wind project with turbines off the coasts of New York and Rhode Island that is...

Block Island seaside compound sells for $4.8M

NEW SHOREHAM – In the largest real estate deal this year on Block Island, an oceanside compound that features two separate dwellings was sold...
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 passes resolution calling for indoor mask wearing

NEW SHOREHAM – Block Island officials have opted for instituting a resolution calling for the voluntary wearing of masks in indoor public places on...

Block Island to encourage indoor mask wearing in lieu of mandate

NEW SHOREHAM – Block Island's business community played a pivotal role in leading the New Shoreham Town Council to rethink potential enactment of an...

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...
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