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BLOCK ISLAND BUSINESSES had feared tourism would be decimated when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last spring, but it turns out the 2020 season wasn’t as dreadful as officials thought it might be. PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Down year is OK for Block Island

Block Island’s tourism-dependent business owners entered the summer fearful of the damage the COVID-19 pandemic would do to their livelihoods, but most report that...

5% hotel tax collection plummets 70% Y/Y in April

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5% hotel tax in Rhode Island declined 70.3% year over year in April to $408,831, the R.I. Department of...
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.

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...
LOCAL 1 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $627,575 in September, an 8.5 percent increase from September 2017. Collections from realtors and homeowners totaled $139,323 for the month, a 76.2 percent year over year increase. / COURTESY DURKIN COTTAGE REALTY

1% hotel tax collections jump up in Sept.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island in September totaled $627,575, an 8.5 percent increase from the year prior,...
RHODE ISLAND'S 5 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $21.5 million in fiscal 2018. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $1.2 million of the tax collection for the fiscal year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

5% hotel tax collection in FY18 rises nearly 10%

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island totaled $21.5 million in fiscal 2018, a 9.9 percent increase year over...

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,...

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