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READY FOR TAKEOFF: James Lolio, left, event manager for the Roger Williams Park Zoo; Ronald Patalano, deputy director of zoo operations; and Do Bao, of Hannart Culture, prepare one of the displays for the Asian Lantern Spectacular set to open at the zoo on April 13. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Zoo looks to capitalize on record attendance

When Roger Williams Park Zoo opened in 1872, its collection of animals was small and included raccoons, guinea pigs and squirrels. Not exactly a...
RIPPLE EFFECT: R.I. Airport Corp. CEO and President Iftikhar Ahmad thinks new nonstop flights in and out of Rhode Island International T.F. Green Airport to southern and West Coast destinations will help boost both leisure and business travel to Rhode Island, which will have a rippling effect for the rest of the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New nonstop flights have R.I. tourism leaders salivating

Iftikhar Ahmad sees dollar signs in the winding security lines and crowds clumped around conveyor belts of suitcases at Rhode Island T.F. Green International...
ABOUT 200 PEOPLE attended Providence Business News' 2022 Book of Lists Premier Event at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN officially debuts 2022 Book of Lists at Graduate Providence

PROVIDENCE – Approximately 200 local business individuals gathered Thursday at the Graduate Providence to network with one another during Providence Business News’ 2022 Book...
RICK SIMONE, founder of the Ocean State Coalition and executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, said some restaurants saw a 45% increase in reservations after the state on Feb. 9 announced that it would lift its statewide mask mandate on Feb. 11. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With mask mandate lifted, business advocates say consumer confidence has returned

PROVIDENCE – It did not take too long for small businesses to see consumer confidence return after Rhode Island’s statewide mask mandate for businesses...

Restaurant owners score victory with passage of legislation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Hospitality Association scored a victory on Thursday as state lawmakers approved passage of two bills that permanently allow restaurants...
Bruce Newbury

Warming up your winter

It appears that this young year is running at the same speed as the last two, with the same impaired drivers at the wheel. As...
CHRISTOPHER PARISI, founder of Trailblaze Marketing and leader of the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition, said the coalition does not support any measures that increases burdens on small businesses, but appreciates the fact that the state is giving small businesses an option to institute a mask mandate or a vaccine requirement. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SMALL BUSINESS COALITION

Small businesses fear enforcement burden of R.I.’s partial indoor mask mandate

PROVIDENCE – Small businesses fear being unfairly burdened with enforcing Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s new health requirements that include partial mask mandates, business advocacy...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in the barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive amount of canceled trips. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. branding has been hit or miss

TOURISM When R.I. Commerce Corp. decided to hire a chief marketing officer in late 2015, it made sense – bring in a person to guide...
Kristen Adamo

Kristen Adamo

TO SAY THAT Kristen Adamo’s first full year as the CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a...

Local companies gear up for Small Business Saturday

PROVIDENCE – After many holiday shopping events went virtual last year due to COVID-19, businesses are making an in-person return this season. For local businesses,...

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