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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....

11th Hour Racing Team victorious as Ocean Race arrives in Newport

NEWPORT – A Rhode Island native officially lead the Ocean Race into the Ocean State on Wednesday. Amid bellowing horns, Rhode Island native Charlie Enright...
TABLE TALK: Anika Kimble-Huntley, second from left, chief marketing officer at R.I. Commerce Corp., confers with her staff at the R.I. Commerce headquarters in Providence. The staff includes, from left, Mark Brodeur, director of international and domestic group sales; Lindsay Russell, deputy director of communications and stakeholder engagement; and Robin Erickson, domestic tourism and marketing operations director.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

ATTRACTION STRATEGY: R.I.’s chief tourism marketer setting plan to entice visitors...

With the start of the peak tourism season approaching, Anika Kimble-Huntley is eyeing the billions of ­dollars that potential visitors to Rhode Island could...
BIG DRAW: The Ocean Race is coming back to Newport for a week in May. More than 100,000 people visited the race village in Newport in 2015, pictured above, and again in 2018. 
COURTESY OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

With recession looming, think big on tourism

This is a big year for Rhode Island tourism, starting with the impending release of the first major statewide campaign since 2017. Rhode Island tourism...

Thomas named Providence director of economic development

PROVIDENCE – Cassandra Thomas, a former federal disaster recovery officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been named Providence’s new director of economic...

Should residents get to weigh in on Rhode Island’s next statewide...

R.I. Commerce Corp. is working on a new statewide tourism campaign and has narrowed its list of pitch options to two. Chief Marketing Officer Anika...
Lauren H. Carson

Carson receives James McCarvill Leadership Award

REP. LAUREN H. CARSON, D-Newport, recently received the 2022 James McCarvill Leadership Award from the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. The award, named...
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