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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...
PROVIDENCE WARWICK CONVENTION and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan (left) and Board Chair Dale Venturini (right) congratulate Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Hirsh (center) at the PWCVB’s Annual Meeting./ PHOTO COURTESY PWCVB

Hirsh, Clements, Almestica recognized at PWCVB annual meeting

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated the organization's 2017 achievements at its annual meeting Thursday, which included recognition of local leaders.According to...
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...
IN THE THICK OF IT: Cara Cromwell, executive director of Rhode Island NGA 2017, poses in front of the Providence Performing Arts Center, one of four venues that will be featured in the National Governors Association annual summer meeting in July, which is being hosted by Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

National governors’ meeting chance for R.I. to shine

Rhode Island has an opportunity to attract national attention in July, when the state hosts the National Governors Association summer meeting, a convention that...
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