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TWO-FOR-ONE: Providence Tour Co. guide Kate Kelly, center, leads a Crime Cuisine Tour at Trattoria Appia on Federal Hill in Providence. At right are two of the dozen or so attendees, Tom and Marylou Costello, of Franklin, Mass.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Transforming tourism to connect with city’s culture

For the price of a meal, you can take a walk with Bradly VanDerStad, founder of the Providence Tour Co., which he launched in 2018...

State must link local tourism campaigns

After months of teasing an impending unveiling of a new statewide tourism campaign and tagline, R.I. Commerce Corp. has hired an Ohio-based firm to...

Taking a tour?

When on vacation, do you often visit attractions within Rhode Island? Not often: 80% Somewhat often: 20% Very often: 0% What attractions do you visit in Rhode Island?...

For small businesses reliant on summer tourism, extreme weather is the...

NEW YORK (AP) – For small businesses that rely on summer tourism to keep afloat, extreme weather is replacing the pandemic as the determining...

Trade mission boost for R.I. businesses

Gov. Daniel J. McKee and R.I. Commerce Secretary Elizabeth M. Tanner are leaving the Ocean State to lead what hopefully will be their first of many...
HISTORIC SLATER MILL has seen the number of people visiting increase this year. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In Blackstone Valley, effects of national park designation still evolving

State, federal and local tourism officials have for years been working to make the Blackstone Valley and its attractions a source of economic stimulus,...

Does Rhode Island need a recognizable marketing tagline or slogan to...

In March, Anika Kimble-Huntley, the state’s chief tourism marketer, told Providence Business News that R.I. Commerce Corp. was close to coming out with 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...
SLOW START? The Beachhead owners Becky and Tim Clark say business hasn’t been as busy as they’d hoped for yet this summer at their Block Island restaurant. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/
K. CURTIS

State tourism efforts could use a boost from new campaign

Within weeks of the poorly conceived 2016 rollout of the disastrous “Rhode Island: Cooler & Warmer” campaign, Rhode Island tourism leaders said they were...

DLT’s Registered Apprenticeship program gets $353K federal boost

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training will receive a $353,679 State Apprenticeship Expansion grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Sen....
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