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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. ...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
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Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
PRETTY ­PICTURE? Are state-sponsored efforts enough to keep the growth of Rhode Island’s tourism industry on an upward trajectory? 
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Direction of tourism marketing still unanswered question for R.I.

In 2002, Providence Business News published an opinion piece that called for cooperation among the various visitor attractions in the Ocean State, something that...

Commerce eyes fall, winter for R.I. tourism opportunities

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s appeal in the fall and winter, combined with the ample availability of hotel rooms, is an untapped resource, the state’s...
FORT ADAMS State Park is once again playing host to this year's Newport Folk Festival, which sold out less than an hour after tickets went on sale, according to festival organizers. / COURTESY R.I. DEPT OF TOURISM

State: Summer tourism outlook sunny

PROVIDENCE – Tourism officials across the state are expecting another busy summer, based on last year’s performance and pre-booking numbers for this season.With months...
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Five Questions With Kristen Adamo

Kristen Adamo | President and CEO, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau1. You were promoted to president and CEO of the Providence Warwick...
DOING THEIR PART: Collette employees participate in a meal-packaging event in partnership with Rise Against Hunger last July.
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Collette Travel Service Inc.

Best Places to Work 2019 | LARGE COMPANIES (150-499 employees): 3. Collette Travel Service Inc.How do you encourage your staff to live more...

Evans named to CMO role at Commerce RI

PROVIDENCE – Heather Evans is the new chief marketing officer of R.I. Commerce Corp., effective immediately, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced May 21.Evans most...
HEATHER EVANS has been named the chief marketing officer for the R.I. Commerce Corp. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Evans named to CMO role at Commerce RI

PROVIDENCE — Heather Evans was appointed the new chief marketing officer of the R.I. Commerce Corp., effective immediately, Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced Tuesday.Evans...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...
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