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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...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS recognized Thursday the 2021 Leaders & Achievers honorees at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

PBN’s 2021 Leaders & Achievers honorees recognized, offer advice to younger...

WARWICK – Twenty-two local industry leaders were formally recognized Thursday for their leadership efforts in Providence Business News’ 2021 Leaders & Achievers Awards program. The...
TOURISM CHAMPION: Evan Smith has been the CEO and president of Discover Newport since 2005, and in that time he has helped build tourism for the City by the Sea in the offseason, expanded the conference and events market, broadened the cruise ship market and increased visits from international travelers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Evan Smith

PBN 2021 Leaders & Achievers Awards Evan Smith | CEO and president, Discover Newport Evan Smith is convinced he has the best job in America. Smith...

Tourists fuming over lack of rides

Ride-sharing services operating in Newport that decimated traditional taxi companies in recent years are now leaving tourists and residents waiting at the curb for...

Ocean State event organizers navigating uncharted waters

NEWPORT – Rhode Island's event organizers have been under duress as they make plans while navigating the shifting sands of a changing COVID-19 pandemic,...

Newport seeking regulation of rental transportation due to public safety concerns

NEWPORT - Due to safety and congestion concerns, the Newport city council is seeking to regulate the amount of motorized rental vehicles on its...
FILMING FOR "VAULT," a movie about the 1975 Bonded Vault heist, took place in downtown Providence in 2018. The film was released the following year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Is expanding the R.I. film tax credit program worth it?

Rhode Island lawmakers are hoping that increased funding for the state’s motion picture tax credit program will be the lure needed to reel in...
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but...

A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19...

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