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RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative.Both centered on what...
KIMBERLY GREENE (left), chairman of the board of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau and Martha Sheridan, PWCVB president and CEO, congratulate Larry Lepore, general manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the RI Convention Center. Lepore was inducted into the PWCVB’s Hall of Fame at its annual meeting. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WARWICK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Lepore, Panaggio, Cooke, RWP Zoo honored at PWCVB annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – A healthy local hospitality industry was celebrated Wednesday evening at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting.The group tallied a...
PROVIDENCE will host the 2019 Homebrewers Association Homebrew Con. The decision was announced at the close of the 2018 event held in Portland, Ore. / COURTESY OF AHA

Providence to host 2019 Homebrew Con

PROVIDENCE – In 2019, homebrewers from across the nation will descend upon Providence as Rhode Island's capital city hosts the 2019 American Homebrewers Association's...
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...
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...
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Fine dining is back

“There’s absolutely an appetite on diners’ parts to be dazzled!” This observation in a recent published report from Caroline Potter, the chief dining officer...
TRAFFIC BOOST: The Rhode Island Foundation, which launched online directory Buy Local Rhode Island, above, in 2014, says holiday-shopping traffic increased in 2017.  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Web tools boosting small businesses

Three years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation’s Jessica David identified a void in the local shopping scene – there was no central platform connecting...
The PWCVB and Rhode Island Sports Commission expect sports event in Providence to bring in $4 million in direct spend and hotel room nights./ PHOTO COURTESY RISC

Jan. sporting events look lucrative for Providence

PROVIDENCE - Home field advantage for the New England Patriots as well as youth hockey, gymnastics, wrestling and basketball will lead to an expected...
COLLECTION OF THE 5 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island increased 8.5 percent year over year in August. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $135,027 of total collection. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I.’s 5% hotel tax collection up in August

PROVIDENCE – The 5 percent hotel tax collection in Rhode Island in August increased 8.5 percent year over year to $3.2 million, an increase...
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...
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