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FILMING FOR "VAULT," a movie about the 1975 Bonded Vault heist, took place in downtown Providence in 2018. The film was released the following year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Is expanding the R.I. film tax credit program worth it?

Rhode Island lawmakers are hoping that increased funding for the state’s motion picture tax credit program will be the lure needed to reel in...
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...
BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals...

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...
LARGE-SCALE EVENTS, such as the Newport Folk Festival, pictured, could help the city of Newport have a brighter summer after the COVID-19 pandemic significantly hampered the city's economy last year. / COURTESY DOUG MASON

Newport sees brighter summer with large-scale events returning

NEWPORT – During the state’s March 18 COVID-19 press conference, R.I. Commerce Corp. Secretary Stefan Pryor opened the door for large-scale events to occur this...
PLANNING AHEAD: While large weddings being planned by Angelic Affairs LLC are still scheduled for this summer and fall in Newport, owner Kelly Teves, pictured in front of the OceanCliff Hotel in the city, says three of her clients that had originally booked dates in 2020 have moved them to 2022 and she’s already getting inquiries about 2023. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TIED IN KNOTS: They do? They don’t? Struggling wedding industry awaits...

Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but what Michele Armento has been through for the last year goes far beyond that. The New Jersey...

Pamela Baldwin Director of Sales & Marketing at Gurney’s Newport Hotel...

“I look forward to making a positive impact and offering my vision to continue the great efforts of Discover Newport in its mission to...
HASN’T BEEN EASY: Terry Coburn, left, and Brian Buonaiuto, co-owners of Coffee and Crumbs in Cranston, opened their shop just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in March. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New restaurateurs forge ahead amid the crisis

The changing restrictions for restaurants in recent months have been severe. Curbside pick-up only. Outdoor dining only. Capacity limits. And now the latest: curfews that...

R.I.’s top tourism job in limbo

Almost five months after the state’s top tourism official resigned, R.I. Commerce Corp.’s promotional efforts “haven’t skipped a beat,” according to the agency’s interim...

After 6 months, live music is coming back to Newport

NEWPORT – For six months, purchasing concert tickets meant registering online, stub costs transitioned to suggested donations and attending meant tuning into Facebook Live...

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