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GROUPS THAT BOOKED meetings, conventions or sporting events with the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau at the R.I. Convention Center and/or at the Dunkin' Donuts Center alone accounted for approximately $51.9 million of direct spending in fiscal 2018. / COURTESY THE DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

PWCVB-booked meetings, conventions and events yield $73.7M in FY18

PROVIDENCE – Meetings, conventions and sporting events booked by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau yielded $73.7 million in direct spending in the...

Providence’s neighborhoods in the spotlight with new online guides

On a sunny, June afternoon, two women stop to greet one another – one entering, one exiting Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street, on...
SOME TOURISM LEADERS in the state believe that ATM-use data could help the industry better understand who is visiting Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL TEPPER

Can data on ATM use aid tourism?

Although in his 29th year in the Newport tourism industry, Evan Smith is constantly looking for an edge to increase his understanding of who...
BANNER EVENT: Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, this year’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover executive director, and Sue Maffei Plowden, race event director, stand on the porch of the Sail Newport Sailing Center with the banner for Volvo Ocean Race Newport. The city is the lone North American stopover for the 2017-18 international race.

Will experience pay off as Newport prepares to once again host...

Martha Parker looks back fondly on the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover and the favorable impact it had on her foul-weather sailing gear...
SHOW FLOOR: Attendees and exhibitors interact at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Over the three days the NRLA expo was held in February, attendees booked 3,052 hotel rooms and spent $1.13 ­million. / COURTESY NRLA

Convention center eyes strong 2018

In February, hundreds of members of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association poured into Providence to attend their annual industry expo at the R.I. Convention...
HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS AND RHODE ISLANDERS who helped to bring meetings and sporting event business to the Ocean State celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau Ambassador award ceremony. PWCVB President and CEO Martha Sheridan (in black) and R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea (in blue) are in the center of the front row. / COURTESY PWCVB

Nine honored by PWCVB for economic contribution

PROVIDENCE – At the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau annual Ambassador awards, held Thursday, nine Rhode Islanders were honored for their revenue- generating...
AN INCREASE in unregistered, short-term rental properties cropping up on third-party hosting platforms is causing some headaches in Newport. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Keeping the peace in Newport

Most Newport residents understand the city benefits from its international reputation as a tourist attraction.But an increase in unregistered, short-term rental properties cropping up...
THE GREATER PROVIDENCE area was named one of the best markets in the U.S. to host a convention. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence-Warwick named among top U.S. urban areas for conventions

PROVIDENCE –The Providence-Warwick area was named as one of the best medium-size U.S. cities to host a convention for 2018, according to MeetingSource.com (for the...
MARTHA SHERIDAN, president and CEO of Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau./ PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PWCVB expects record year

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau expects to wrap 2017 with a 75 percent hotel room occupancy rate – a figure...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...
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