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SOLE SURVIVOR: Tracy Hartman is the CEO of Yawgoo Valley, the only ski park still in operation in Rhode Island. The business has remained viable by diversifying its offerings, adding a water park in 1991 and a snow-tubing hill in 1995. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Yes, winter is challenging, but should it prevent R.I. from attracting...

Originally established as a ski park in Exeter in 1965, ­Yawgoo Valley celebrates all that the Ocean State has to offer tourists and locals...
LA FORGE CASINO RESTAURANT was the winner of the second annual Newport Burger Bender competition.

La Forge Casino’s ‘Crowley Burger’ crowned champion of Newport Burger Bender

NEWPORT - What do an all-beef patty, Gruyere cheese, truffle aioli, creminis, tempura cornichons and a brioche bun have in common? They are the...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers. A cursory look at the...

Is transparency bad for tourism?

Trudy Coxe, CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Preservation ­Society of Newport County, sees a problem with a lack of transparency in the state’s...
NEWPORT WAS NAMED No. 23 Best U.S. City by National Geographic Travel in a recent ranking. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Nat Geo Traveler names Newport among 30 best small U.S. cities

PROVIDENCE - A Jan. 16 ranking published by National Geographic Traveler counts Newport among the 30 Best Small U.S. Cities according to "unconventional metrics"...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
DISCOVER NEWPORT ANNOUNCED events and highlights for the upcoming fall season.

Discover Newport announces fall event roster

NEWPORT – Discover Newport released its fall seasonal event roster Friday featuring 11 events and seasonal highlights offered in Newport in September, October and...

Tourism funding frustration grows

The fiscal 2018 budget finally signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo Aug. 3 again shifts tourism funding, and some regional council directors...

House extends tourism-oversight panel

The House’s recent approval of a second iteration of the 2015 Tourism Study Commission, a 2-year-old legislative body chaired by Rep. Lauren H. Carson,...
SUBEACHGOERS ARE SEEN at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett in July. State beaches open daily starting Saturday morning. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDON SPOT: Beachgoers are seen at Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett in July. Officials from the R.I. Department of Environmental Management predict the number of visitors to the Ocean State's beaches will surpass last year's total of 1 million. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO

R.I. beaches to open Saturday; AAA predicts heavy Memorial Day traffic

PROVIDENCE - All Rhode Island state beaches will be open daily starting Saturday, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced in a press release...
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