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R.I. Commerce Corp. announces expansion of hotel discount program

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. on Tuesday announced the return and extension of the annual destination marketing initiative previously known as “Hotel Week,” in...
EVAN SMITH, CEO and president of Discover Newport. / PBN FILE PHOTO / ELIZABETH GRAHAM

R.I. hospitality industry uncertain about rebound of business travel in 2023

PROVIDENCE – Stakeholders in Rhode Island's hospitality sector say corporate travel to the region has largely been left out of this year's strong rebound...
A SCREEN SHOT of some of the Airbnb rentals available in Newport, along with nightly charges. / COURTESY AIRBNB INC.

Will R.I.’s new registry discourage short-term vacation property rentals?

State business regulators are going to start taking names – and charging fees – of Rhode Island property owners who rent out their homes...

Hospitality industry tries to counter labor shortage

Michael Costantino struggled to fill two full-time cook positions in May for his restaurant Costantino’s Venda Bar & Ristorante on Providence’s Federal Hill. He...

Rhode Island will have big role in helping host Army-Navy football...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will play a significant role when Gillette Stadium plays host to one of college football’s oldest traditions in December 2023. The...

Newport’s rental ban tries to strike balance between tourism and residents

With a recent ban on short-term home rentals in residential neighborhoods, Newport has joined the wave of tourist destinations attempting to strike a balance...

Kimble-Huntley: Time to be ‘thinking differently and thinking big’ on tourism

PROVIDENCE – “Thinking big is going to be one of the things that is going to set us apart from other states” on tourism,...
DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...

Tourism desperate to get ARPA aid

A proposed $13 million investment in Rhode Island’s travel, tourism and events sectors would come as a well-timed boost, according to tourism leaders, but...
Evan Smith
Discover Newport CEO and president
Evan Smith joined Discover Newport in 1990 and was promoted to CEO and president in 2005.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

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Evan Smith | Discover Newport CEO and president For most travel and hospitality companies the question about how to effectively market their services during the...
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