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Kimble-Huntley: Time to be ‘thinking differently and thinking big’ on tourism

PROVIDENCE – “Thinking big is going to be one of the things that is going to set us apart from other states” on tourism,...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in the barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive amount of canceled trips. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. branding has been hit or miss

TOURISM When R.I. Commerce Corp. decided to hire a chief marketing officer in late 2015, it made sense – bring in a person to guide...

Block Island officials dismissive of URI study on low water supply

NEW SHOREHAM – A University of Rhode Island study citing a lack of freshwater on Block Island that could impact the tourism season has...

R.I. tourism leaders excited about $10.6M from feds to boost industry

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's tourism leaders are excited about the Ocean State's $10.6 million in federal grant funding available to devote to tourism, travel...
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...
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