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Rajab to lead R.I. Hospitality Association

CRANSTON – The R.I. Hospitality Association on Tuesday announced the appointment of Farouk Rajab as its next CEO and president. An industry veteran, Rajab...

R.I. Sports Commission executive director dead at age 63

PROVIDENCE – John Gibbons, the longtime executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, died at the age of 63, the Providence Warwick Convention...

Tourism districts gain support from hotels: ‘We have to try something...

PROVIDENCE – There is growing support among hotel owners and managers for Providence and Warwick creating tourism-improvement districts to generate additional revenue for marketing...
A PATIENT HOST: Erin Umbdenstock held out hope she’d get her job back when she was laid off from the Providence Marriott Downtown when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It turned out better than that for her. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hospitality’s headache: How to attract, keep workers 

Erin Umbdenstock spent her four-month stint of unemployment trying to keep busy. She cooked and cleaned her Coventry apartment and took up several new hobbies....
THE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS COALITION is calling for the business community to mobilize in the fight against proposed income tax legislation. / COURTESY R.I. BUSINESS COALITION

R.I. business community mobilizing against added income tax bracket, PPP tax

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island business community is mobilizing to urge the General Assembly to rethink proposed legislation aimed at increasing income taxes on...

‘Herculean effort’ needed for local hospitality industry to recover

PROVIDENCE – Farouk Rajab on Thursday said there is “no clear path forward” for economic recovery of his downtown hotel that has been crippled...

Farouk Rajab

Farouk Rajab has been named General Manager of the Providence Marriott Downtown. Previously he was the general manager of the Westin Minneapolis. Rajab is...
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