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FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank. The human faces...

R.I. meal, beverage tax collections decline 3.9% in 2018

PROVIDENCE – Meal and beverage tax collections from Rhode Island restaurants declined 3.9 percent in 2018 to $14.6 million compared with the $15.2 million...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative. Both centered on what...

Tourists are coming back

The storyline goes something like this: Dislike and/or fear of President Donald Trump, tougher visa rules and border enforcement, and reports of hostility to...
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL CEO Arne Sorenson has warned President Donald Trump that the United States' trade war with China is already causing Chinese tourists to pick destinations other than the U.S. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

Marriott CEO says trade war with China could hurt travel to...

TORONTO – President Donald Trump’s trade war with China could hurt tourism from that country to the U.S., and Chinese travelers are already starting to...
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 – COLLETTE Where 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.


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...
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