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Tourism will need support from R.I. leaders

On the morning of March 11, thousands of young athletes from across the Northeast were packing their bags for a trip to Providence. They...
Kristen Adamo joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2005. She served as vice president of marketing and communications before being named CEO and president in 2019. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The power of patience

Kristen Adamo | Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president Patience is a virtue but it has never been one of mine. I...
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...

Hotels offering student discounts, summer restaurant weeks extended

PROVIDENCE - Eleven hotels in the Providence area are offering discounted rates to college and university students who are displaced by campus closures due...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced that, starting Friday, all events of 100 or more people are either canceled or postponed through April 3. The initiative affects two March events that had been scheduled at the Ryan Center, pictured. / COURTESY THE RYAN CENTER

Larger events feeling effects of spread of coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – Large events are feeling the effects of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cancellations, postponements and attendance restrictions. State officials are...
THE DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER hosted a large share of sporting events booked by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2019. /COURTESY DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

PWCVB: 2019 events generate nearly $75M in direct spending

PROVIDENCE – Events booked by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau generated $74.9 million in direct spending for the state in 2019, down...

Meatless fare boosts R.I. food choices

Providence’s top-rated restaurants have long been tourist draws, including several that are destinations in their own right. For the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau,...
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...

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