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PARTNERSHIP: Above, Mark Bullinger, right, in-house naturalist, and General Manager Simon Dewar on the grounds of the Weekapaug Inn on the shore of Quonochontaug Pond in Westerly. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

PBN on WJAR-TV, March 12, 2018, ‘Can R.I. be a year-round...

PROVIDENCE – Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers.A cursory look at the...

Is transparency bad for tourism?

Trudy Coxe, CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Preservation ­Society of Newport County, sees a problem with a lack of transparency in the state’s...

Cabo Verde is open for business

Cabo Verde was recently named one of the best places to visit in 2018. With its unique culture, diverse islands and beaches, the nation...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. launched a new tourism marketing campaign in November touting Rhode Island as "Fun-Sized." / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce drops broad tourism message for ‘Fun-Sized’ offerings

PROVIDENCE – There will be no successor to the much-criticized 2016 “Cooler & Warmer” state tourism campaign, R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara...
POPULAR RACE: Boats skim the water during the Team Vestas Wind In-Port Race in Newport at the Volvo Ocean Race in May 2015. The race contributes to making Newport an attractive touring destination.   / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/AINHOA SANCHEZ

Eighteen months after the ‘Cooler & Warmer’ debacle, does R.I....

When Portsmouth-based Rail Explorers USA, which offers unusual tours on recumbent bicycles along abandoned rail lines, got some national press in late July, business...

Tourism holding its own

People in the travel business have been warning that President Donald Trump’s administration’s isolationist rhetoric and tougher border controls – as evidenced by the...

Ride-sharing services boost tourism industry

In Rhode Island, tourism and hospitality has long been a leading industry, providing jobs, income and revenue for local businesses and municipalities. Annually, more...
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