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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...
APPEALING AMENITY: Nichole Wardle, Longwood Venues & Destinations director of sales and marketing, hopes Newport Beach House amenities such as the Driftwood Meeting Room, pictured above, will inspire corporate-event managers to host their meetings in the area. / COURTESY LONGWOOD VENUES & DESTINATIONS

Competition for weddings, events spurs Newport investments

George Filopoulos and his wife have made the 90-minute boat ride from their home in Montauk, N.Y., to Newport once every summer for the...

Discover Newport Promotes Natalie Manning to Creative Director

Newport (R.I.) April 10, 2017 – Natalie Manning has been promoted to Creative Director at Discover Newport, the official destination marketing organization for Newport...
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