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STAR ATTRACTION: In the 2023 fiscal year, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Senior Vice President Thomas Riel’s team booked 224 events that will result in more than $102 million in direct spend revenue in future years for Rhode Island. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

PWCVB’s Riel’s knack makes state a destination again

PBN C-Suite 2024 Awards SMALL PRIVATE COMPANY: Thomas Riel Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau | Senior vice president THOMAS RIEL GETS ­EXCITED talking about the...
THE BOSTON COLLEGE men's hockey team celebrates an overtime win March 31 over Quinnipiac University in the NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence. The hockey regional brought in $1.9 million in economic impact to the area. / COURTESY BOSTON COLLEGE MEN'S HOCKEY

NCAA hockey tourney, despite challenges, brought in $1.9M in economic impact

PROVIDENCE – Although hotel performance was weaker than what Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau officials hoped for on March 29-31, hockey “March Madness”...

Regional tourism leaders optimistic new slogan can be ‘All That’ and...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. recently unveiled a long-planned statewide marketing campaign, announcing to the world the Ocean State is “All That” and a...
TALKING IT OUT: R.I. Commerce Secretary Elizabeth M. Tanner, second from left, discusses the state’s economic picture at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Jan. 24 at the Providence Marriott. Also participating in the panel discussion is, from left, William C. Tsonos, Bank Rhode Island CEO and president; Thomas Sweeney, owner and principal of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal; Marianne Raimondo, dean of the Rhode Island College School of Business; and Kristen Adamo, president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The discussion was moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, far right. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: ‘The hard part is figuring out what’s next’

A benefit of living in a state with the population of a large American city is its accessibility. What in New York or Los...
R.I. COMMERCE SECRETARY Elizabeth M. Tanner, second from left, discusses the state's economic picture at Providence Business News' Economic Trends Summit on Wednesday morning at the Providence Marriott. Also participating in the panel discussion is, from left, William C. Tsonos, Bank Rhode Island CEO and president; Thomas Sweeney, owner and principal of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal; Marianne Raimondo, dean of the Rhode Island College School of Business; and Kristen Adamo, president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The discussion was moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, far right. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: A soft landing for economy that’s still ‘fragile underneath’

PROVIDENCE – The likelihood of a recession, once thought inevitable, will be forestalled or fail to materialize, at least within the next 12 to...

Some Providence politicians, policy analysts say it’s time to raise taxes

It’s not often that politicians preemptively push for more taxes.  Yet a new report adopted by the Providence City Council on Thursday, Jan. 4, recommends potential tax...
DIGITAL SIGNAGE on the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence marks the upcoming Army-Navy football game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Early projections are that the state could have an direct spend economic impact of about $3.1 million with visitors coming into the state for the game. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Army-Navy expected to be a solid economic score for R.I.

PROVIDENCE – With the Army-Navy football game set to kick off at Gillette Stadium on 3 p.m. Saturday in Foxborough, Mass., Rhode Island is...

Convention bureau launches Buy Local RI campaign

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau on Tuesday kicked off the annual Buy Local RI campaign that encourages shoppers to support...

Rhode Island Comic Con expects another ‘massive’ turnout

PROVIDENCE – Building on record attendance in 2022, Rhode Island Comic Con kicks off Friday with organizers projecting 100,000 visitors over the three-day event. The...

Mass. migrant crisis not impacting local Army-Navy game lodging, marketing

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island tourism officials say planning for the Army-Navy football game scheduled to be played at Gillette Stadium has not been affected...
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