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R.I. Commerce Corp. announces $2.7M for tourism events and attractions

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. on Tuesday announced that 24 local organizations will share in $2.7 million in federal funding to create new attraction...

South County Tourism Council Premieres 2024 Destination Video and Marketing Campaign

Media Contact: Faye Pantazopoulos, Creative Director South County Tourism Council fpantazopoulos@southcountyri.com 857.225.4261 (mobile) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2024, Charlestown, RI – The South County Tourism Council premiered their...

Trolling for dollars: South County Tourism Council hopes artist’s work lures...

CHARLESTOWN – After a multi-year delay, a world-renowned artist is bringing his giant trolls to South County, part of a new $123,000 marketing initiative...

Regional tourism leaders optimistic new slogan can be ‘All That’ and...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. recently unveiled a long-planned statewide marketing campaign, announcing to the world the Ocean State is “All That” and a...
ON GUARD: Becky and Tim Clark, owners of The Beachead restaurant on Block Island, say business hasn’t been quite as robust so far this summer. 
PBN PHOTO/ K. CURTIS

R.I. tourism stays local: Regional campaigns lead the way this summer

Just days before the start of the high season in Newport in early July, local tourism officials gathered to talk status and strategy. At the...

South County Tourism Council, Hauser Chocolatier partner for Golden Ticket Giveaway

CHARLESTOWN – The South County Tourism Council once again is partnering with Westerly-based chocolate maker Hauser Chocolatier to launch a “Golden Ticket Giveaway” contest,...
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but...

A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19...
BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals...

Tourism councils want state marketing leader with local knowledge

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism council leaders believe the state’s next chief marketing officer should be someone with local knowledge, marketing experience and a...
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....
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