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Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...

PVDFest launches virtual scavenger hunt to replace in-person art festival

PROVIDENCE – Providence's signature art festival has historically drawn locals and visitors to the Creative Capital each summer, where Downtown is transformed into an...
BOTTLE OF VINO: Armando Bisceglia, owner of Bacco Vino & Contorni on Providence’s Federal Hill, serves wine to Sarah Long of Swansea on a Friday night. On Fridays and Saturdays, Atwells Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic so restaurateurs can set up tables outside along the street. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TOURISM PIVOT: Struggling industry shifts focus closer to home

Ella Gonzalez is used to hearing families from faraway places bustling into the lobby of the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina during the summer....

Providence extends free parking; restaurant weeks begin next month

PROVIDENCE – The city is extending its free two-hour parking in select business corridors to help local businesses operating through COVID-19-related restrictions, Mayor Jorge...
Kristen Adamo

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...
THE PROVIDENCE WARWICK Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates that Rhode Island will see $43 million in lost direct spending from meetings and events that were canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. / COURTESY THE DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

PWCVB projects $43M impact due to canceled and postponed events

PROVIDENCE – The crushing blow to the state’s hospitality and tourism industry now has a dollar figure: at least $43 million in lost revenue,...
Amanda Parker

Parker named executive director of Burke Fund

AMANDA PARKER is the new executive director of the John P. Burke Memorial Fund, which provides golf scholarships to local college-bound students. Parker has...
WARWICK MAYOR Joseph J. Solomon announced Tuesday that up to 50 city employees will be laid off due to anticipated revenue decreases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Warwick to lay off up to 50 city employees due to...

WARWICK – Warwick Mayor Joseph J. Solomon announced Wednesday that up to 50 city employees will be laid off due to anticipated declined revenue...

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