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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...
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.
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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...
THE PATRIOT WAY: Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau President Martha Sheridan said the two Patriots home playoff games this season are estimated to generate the Providence area over $1 million in hotel blocks alone. / COURTESY PWCVB

PWCVB estimates Pats playoff games will generate at least $1M total...

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau said that the New England Patriots’ two home playoff games are expected to generate $1...
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...
COLLECTIONS OF THE 5 PERCENT Hotel Tax in Rhode Island increased $140,618 year over year to $2.1 million in June. Above, the Omni Providence Hotel, which generated collection of $124,605 in 5 percent hotel tax in June. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE EWENS

State collected $19.6M in 5% hotel tax in fiscal 2017, a...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island collected $19.6 million in 5 percent hotel taxes in fiscal 2017, a year-over-year increase of 1.2 percent, according to data...

Tourism funding frustration grows

The fiscal 2018 budget finally signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo Aug. 3 again shifts tourism funding, and some regional council directors...
5 PERCENT HOTEL TAX COLLECTIONS decreased year over year in March, but remained ahead of 2016 fiscal year-to-date collections.

March 5% hotel tax collections fall while YTD outpaces 2016

PROVIDENCE – Five percent hotel tax collections for March 2017 declined 9.7 percent year over year but collections for fiscal 2017 remained ahead of...
THE 5 PERCENT HOTEL TAX in Rhode Island accounted for $800,934 in tax revenue in February. It was subsequently distributed to regional tourism districts, municipalities, the R.I. Commerce Corp. and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau.

February 5% hotel tax collections rise 4%

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island collections of the 5 percent hotel tax in February increased 4 percent year over year to $800,934, according to the...

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