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A PANEL OF HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS discussed the state of Rhode Island's hospitality industry during a summit hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday. / PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE COREA

At JWU, hospitality professionals share stories of perseverance

PROVIDENCE – A panel of local hospitality professionals Wednesday discussed how they survived and, in some cases, thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic that has...
GETTING DULLER: Colorful foliage surrounds the Maine Statehouse in Augusta in 2017. Changing weather conditions have disrupted recent leaf-peeping season and could have a lasting effect on tourism in the region. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Climate change making it harder to chase fall foliage

Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even...
Bryan Lavin
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R.I.’s business-event tourism needs big boost

While leisure travel has rebounded in 2021, Rhode Island’s business and event tourism continues to struggle. This is troubling since municipalities and the hospitality...
BLOCK ISLAND'S TOP TOURISM official says the summer destination had a great high season in 2021, and the good times are continuing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

‘High-spending’ visitors give Block Island a big lift

Block Island’s business owners are in a celebratory mood after a summer tourism season that saw visitors eager to open their wallets and spend,...

R.I. Commerce hires Kimble-Huntley for chief marketing officer role

PROVIDENCE - After a nationwide search, the R.I. Commerce Corp. has hired Anika Kimble-Huntley as its chief marketing officer. Kimble-Huntley will be charged with working...
TOURISM CHAMPION: Evan Smith has been the CEO and president of Discover Newport since 2005, and in that time he has helped build tourism for the City by the Sea in the offseason, expanded the conference and events market, broadened the cruise ship market and increased visits from international travelers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Evan Smith

PBN 2021 Leaders & Achievers Awards Evan Smith | CEO and president, Discover Newport Evan Smith is convinced he has the best job in America. Smith...

Tourists fuming over lack of rides

Ride-sharing services operating in Newport that decimated traditional taxi companies in recent years are now leaving tourists and residents waiting at the curb for...
Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...

Were state lawmakers right to significantly boost funding for a motion...

The new state budget includes a $10 million boost for film tax credits, raising the total annual budget for the program to $30 million. The...
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but...

A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19...

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