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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...
STAYING SAFE: A new PBN survey found many Rhode Islanders won’t feel safe around large groups of people until next year. For businesses that rely on tourism, that might mean a renewed focus on family activities this summer, including bike tours. Above, a cyclist passes Your Bike Shop in Warren. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RYAN T. CONATY

PBN survey offers hope for some businesses, concerns for others

The good news in a recent PBN survey is that many Rhode Islanders are ready to get back to their workplaces, shopping habits and...
WELCOME WAGON: A New Shoreham police vehicle awaits the Block Island Ferry’s arrival on April 20. Officers have been stationed at the ferry landing to greet visitors and warn them they must quarantine for 14 days. / PBN PHOTO/KARI CURTIS

Isle of anxiety: Can Block Island salvage its tourism season?

It’s not business as usual on Block Island these days. The coronavirus has come ashore, creating a heightened sense of worry not only about public...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...
THE HELMSMAN: Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport Inc., says the nonprofit offers sailing lessons and hosts regattas from Newport Harbor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Sail Newport a crucial link to the bay and beyond

From children boarding their first boat to experienced sailors who compete in regattas, Sail Newport Inc. offers a connection to the water for more...
FRESH HARVEST: Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, pulls up oysters from his oyster farm located near the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Thriving Matunuck Oyster Farm has fed offshoot businesses

Matunuck Oyster Farm LLC, a 7-acre plot in South Kingstown’s Potter Pond, is home to countless oysters that will eventually end up on a...
STEADFAST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA’s Rhode Island district office, says businesses that persevere will find the help they need to bounce back from the corona­virus crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Perseverance, not panic, the path to surviving coronavirus crisis

None of us has been here before, in a rapidly collapsing economy with industries being shut down virtually overnight. But history is still the...

R.I. travel firms refusing to panic

Cancellations are trickling in and trips to countries hit hard by the coronavirus aren’t taking place, but Rhode Island travel agencies are holding out...

Synchronized skating championships expected to generate millions for Providence, Warwick

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are expected to generate $2.8 million in direct spending in the Providence...
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With Heather Evans

Heather Evans | Chief marketing officer, R.I. Commerce Corp. 1. What is your first priority in your new job? To listen and learn. ...

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