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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...

Block Island tourism surprises

Amid the widespread economic carnage wrought by the pandemic in 2020, somehow tiny Block Island and its tourist-dependent businesses emerged to fight another day. “No...
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...
PATRONS GATHER at Mohogany Shoals on Payne's Dock in New Harbor in July. / COURTESY HENRY DUPONT

Block Island limits moped rentals; reinstates outdoor entertainment

NEW SHOREHAM – The Town Council Wednesday night approved an ordinance limiting moped rentals on Block Island for the remainder of the year after...
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....
OFFICIALS ON BLOCK ISLAND are considering a mask mandate for visitors to the island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Block Island considering mask ordinance

NEW SHOREHAM – Visitors to Block Island may be required to wear a face mask in public. Block Island officials have been spurred into action...
WELCOME WAGON: A New Shoreham police vehicle awaits the Block Island Ferry’s arrival on April 20. Officers have been stationed at the ferry landing to greet visitors and warn them they must quarantine for 14 days. / PBN PHOTO/KARI CURTIS

Isle of anxiety: Can Block Island salvage its tourism season?

It’s not business as usual on Block Island these days. The coronavirus has come ashore, creating a heightened sense of worry not only about public...

Block Island residents face stay-at-home order

NEW SHOREHAM – People living on Block Island would be ordered to stay at home for 14 days to help limit the spread 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.
 / 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...
Families and tourists enjoy some beach time on Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Tourism districts win funding boost

As the summer season heads toward its peak, Rhode Island’s six tourism districts’ budgets will see a long-awaited boost from taxes generated by housing...

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