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BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals...

Tourism councils want state marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism council leaders believe the state’s next chief marketing officer should be someone with local knowledge, marketing experience and a...
LARGE-SCALE EVENTS, such as the Newport Folk Festival, pictured, could help the city of Newport have a brighter summer after the COVID-19 pandemic significantly hampered the city's economy last year. / COURTESY DOUG MASON

Newport sees brighter summer with large-scale events returning

NEWPORT – During the state’s March 18 COVID-19 press conference, R.I. Commerce Corp. Secretary Stefan Pryor opened the door for large-scale events to occur this...
PLANNING AHEAD: While large weddings being planned by Angelic Affairs LLC are still scheduled for this summer and fall in Newport, owner Kelly Teves, pictured in front of the OceanCliff Hotel in the city, says three of her clients that had originally booked dates in 2020 have moved them to 2022 and she’s already getting inquiries about 2023. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TIED IN KNOTS: They do? They don’t? Struggling wedding industry awaits...

Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but what Michele Armento has been through for the last year goes far beyond that. The New Jersey...

R.I.’s top tourism job in limbo

Almost five months after the state’s top tourism official resigned, R.I. Commerce Corp.’s promotional efforts “haven’t skipped a beat,” according to the agency’s interim...

After 6 months, live music is coming back to Newport

NEWPORT – For six months, purchasing concert tickets meant registering online, stub costs transitioned to suggested donations and attending meant tuning into Facebook Live...
BOTTLE OF VINO: Armando Bisceglia, owner of Bacco Vino & Contorni on Providence’s Federal Hill, serves wine to Sarah Long of Swansea on a Friday night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Atwells Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic so restaurateurs can set up tables outside along the street. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TOURISM PIVOT: Struggling industry shifts focus closer to home

Ella Gonzalez is used to hearing families from faraway places bustling into the lobby of the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina during the summer....
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...
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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