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RHODE ISLAND'S 5 PERCENT hotel tax collections totaled $922,558 in February. The Omni Providence Hotel, pictured above, accounted for $69,610 of the tax collection for the month. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I. collects $922.6K in 5% hotel tax in Feb.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5 percent hotel tax in Rhode Island in February totaled $922,558, a 15.2 percent increase year over year, according...
the prop: Jeff Roy holds a model Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The plane embodies the theme of Collette’s new travel blog, Traveling Well. “I think if we’re talking flight, this is a pretty good representation of it.” / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Jeff Roy, 37

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, REVENUE MANAGEMENT & PRICING – COLLETTEWhere do you see yourself professionally in 20 years? Hopefully, I’ll still be with Collette. I’ll...
A RICHER TOURISM EXPERIENCE: The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a series of 15 neighborhood maps to direct visitors to Providence districts that have distinct characteristics that it believes will reward tourists with enjoyable experiences. Marta Martinez, right, executive director of RI Latino Arts and host of the Broad Street neighborhood walking tour, and Dana Heng, artist who painted a mural along and off of Broad Street through a project sponsored by the city. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN on WJAR-TV, July 9, 2018

Providence’s neighborhoods in the spotlight with new online guides.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss...

Providence’s neighborhoods in the spotlight with new online guides

On a sunny, June afternoon, two women stop to greet one another – one entering, one exiting Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street, on...
TOUR DE FORCE: At Collette, employees participate in events and activities, working together to reach goals and provide more to guests.
 / COURTESY COLLETTE

Collette

BEST PLACES TO WORK 2018 6. LARGE COMPANIES | Collette Employees in R.I.: 450 CEO and President Daniel J. Sullivan Jr. Questions answered by: Rachel Handfield, executive vice...
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...
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