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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.
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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...
Families and tourists enjoy some beach time on Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Tourism districts win funding boost

As the summer season heads toward its peak, Rhode Island’s six tourism districts’ budgets will see a long-awaited boost from taxes generated by housing...
ANTIQUE FIREHOUSE: Christopher Bicho, owner of six boutique hotel properties in Newport, including the Town & Tide Inn, stands in a renovated, antique firehouse that he rents out as an Airbnb site.
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Boutique hotels go mainstream

Early on a chilly Wednesday morning just before Memorial Day weekend, Christopher Bicho walks into the Town & Tide Inn in Newport. An aroma...
POWER UP: Since taking over as executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Erin Donovan-Boyle has raised the profile of one of Rhode Island’s largest business-advocacy groups.
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Erin Donovan-Boyle gives Newport County Chamber a big energy boost

Business Women Awards 2019 | WOMEN TO WATCH, SOCIAL SERVICES/NONPROFITS Erin Donovan-Boyle, Newport County Chamber of CommerceERIN DONOVAN-BOYLE’S BACKGROUND prepared her well to be...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative.Both centered on what...
RETURNING FOR its 12th year, Newport Restaurant Week will take place from Nov. 2 through Nov. 11. This year, the event will feature a new pricing scale as well as partnership with two local nonprofit organizations. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Restaurants band together for 12th Newport Restaurant Week

NEWPORT - The eight-day-long fall edition of Newport Restaurant Week returns for its 12th year with an updated pricing structure and nonprofit partners.From Nov....

Middle passage marker to spark conversation in Newport

While some places in the American South are coming to grips with their pre-Civil War history by tearing down or moving monuments to people...
DISCOVER NEWPORT reported a 9.4 percent year-to-date increase in lodging revenue for the city. Countywide, Newport County saw a 3.3 percent increase in the same period. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Newport touts 10% lodging revenue jump YTD, no fear of fall...

NEWPORT - Heralding the upcoming Labor Day weekend holiday, Discover Newport released a report Friday emphasizing the City by the Sea's tourism popularity during...
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...

New distinction wins Discover Newport national recognition

NEWPORT – Discover Newport has been named the recipient of Civitas Advisors’ inaugural tourism marketing district of the year honor.A tourism marketing district, known...
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