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Good signs for convention business

Things are finally looking up for the state’s pandemic-devastated convention and meetings business, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to Rhode...
EVAN SMITH, CEO and president of Discover Newport. / PBN FILE PHOTO / ELIZABETH GRAHAM

R.I. hospitality industry uncertain about rebound of business travel in 2023

PROVIDENCE – Stakeholders in Rhode Island's hospitality sector say corporate travel to the region has largely been left out of this year's strong rebound...

Join the List of Local Companies Taking the Pledge to Meet...

The long-awaited return of business travel is within reach as the Rhode Island Convention Center prepares to welcome its first in-person event in more...

Meet in RI To Help Jump-Start the State’s Meetings and Events...

It’s been more than a year since in-person meetings and events were abruptly suspended in Rhode Island, causing a ripple effect of lost business...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
THE 354-ROOM OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL will be closing until June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company has told WPRI-TV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Omni Providence Hotel, three Newport hotels closing in response to coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – The Omni Providence Hotel will be closing March 23 until June 1 because of the coronavirus crisis, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported Thursday...
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER Blake A. Filippi, left, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking state law by ordering an audit of the Rhode Island Convention Center. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO/TRACY JENKINS

House minority leader files lawsuit against House speaker over audit

PROVIDENCE – State Rep. Blake A. Filippi, the House minority leader, filed a lawsuit Thursday against House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello, accusing him of breaking...

RIF education brainstorm draws diverse perspectives

PROVIDENCE - Educational equity. Universal pre-K. Transportation, teacher benefits and even amending the Rhode Island Constitution. Ideas big and small filled the room, shared in...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION will host a brainstorming session on Dec. 7 aimed at improving Rhode Island's public schools. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation to host brainstorming session on improving state’s public education

PROVIDENCE - A brainstorming session next month on how best to develop a 10-year plan for improving Rhode Island’s public schools will include state...
EXPANDING BUSINESS: Anna Soares is the owner and president of Perfectly Planned, a wedding and corporate-event-planning business in Somerset. She said the business will expand into guided group tours this year.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

She takes the worry out of planning

Anna Soares likes to mind the little things and watch it all come together at the end. As owner and president of Somerset-based Perfectly Planned...
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