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THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
STAYING SAFE: A new PBN survey found many Rhode Islanders won’t feel safe around large groups of people until next year. For businesses that rely on tourism, that might mean a renewed focus on family activities this summer, including bike tours. Above, a cyclist passes Your Bike Shop in Warren. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RYAN T. CONATY

PBN survey offers hope for some businesses, concerns for others

The good news in a recent PBN survey is that many Rhode Islanders are ready to get back to their workplaces, shopping habits and...

Greater Newport Chamber, Discover Newport form taskforce to combat COVID-19

NEWPORT – Restore Greater Newport, an economic recovery and resilience task force, has been formed, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport...
PRIME LOCATION: The Newport Country Club is scheduled to host the U.S. Senior Open golf championship from June 25-28. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For Senior Open, organizers trying to take right course of action

Planning for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open started at least 2½ years ago, when the U.S. Golf Association announced that it would hold the...

Tom McNiff Appointed to Discover Newport Board of Directors

Tom McNiff, co-owner and operator of The General’s Crossing Brewhouse in Jamestown, has been appointed to Discover Newport’s Board of Directors representing the town...
CIRCUITOUS ROUTE: Geremie Callaghan worked in the music and cosmetics industries while living in New York City before returning to Rhode Island to open seafood restaurant Fluke in Newport with her husband, Jeff. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Winding career path led restaurateur home to Newport

Geremie Callaghan and her husband, Jeff, were on their third date, at LeBistro, on Bannister’s Wharf at Newport Harbor in 1993. The cozy restaurant proved...

Elizabeth Buckley Joins Discover Newport’s Board of Directors

Elizabeth Buckley will represent the Town of Barrington on Discover Newport's Board of Directors. Buckley, who has called the coastal community home for the...

Discover Newport Welcomes New Video & Photo Editor Corey Favino

Discover Newport has hired Corey Favino to serve as the organization’s Video & Photo Editor. Favino graduated from the University of Rhode Island in...

Geremie Callaghan Joins Discover Newport Board of Directors

Geremie Callaghan will represent restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties on the Discover Newport Board of Directors. Callaghan, a Newport native, has co-owned Fluke...
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.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...

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