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EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in the barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive amount of canceled trips. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. branding has been hit or miss

TOURISM When R.I. Commerce Corp. decided to hire a chief marketing officer in late 2015, it made sense – bring in a person to guide...

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...

R.I. Commerce looking to hire tourism leader

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board unanimously approved the hiring of an executive search firm to fill "executive positions within the corporation," including its...

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...
THE OCEAN HOUSE is one of 22 hotels participating in the Hotel Week RI promotion program running from Jan. 18 - 31. / COURTESY THE OCEAN HOUSE

State looks to boost winter tourism with Hotel Week RI

PROVIDENCE – Visitors to the Ocean State and residents looking for a local getaway will find deals at a number of luxury hotels throughout...
BRIDGE BUZZ: Bryan Lavin, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Hospitality Management, says the pedestrian bridge in Providence has been generating positive reviews in the tourism space. / BN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. tourism inches toward sustainability as threats from climate change, ‘overtourism’...

About 25 million visitors drive, fly and sail into Rhode Island each year. Mansions, restaurants, theaters and historical sites attract their fair share of...
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With Heather Evans

Heather Evans | Chief marketing officer, R.I. Commerce Corp. 1. What is your first priority in your new job? To listen and learn. ...
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...

Commerce eyes fall, winter for R.I. tourism opportunities

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s appeal in the fall and winter, combined with the ample availability of hotel rooms, is an untapped resource, the state’s...

Evans named to CMO role at Commerce RI

PROVIDENCE – Heather Evans is the new chief marketing officer of R.I. Commerce Corp., effective immediately, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced May 21. Evans most...

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