Tourism desperate to get ARPA aid

EVAN SMITH, CEO and president of Discover Newport, stands among tourists on Thames Street in Newport during the summer. He is pleased with Gov. Daniel J. McKee's proposal to provide $13 million of Rhode Island's federal COVID-19 relief funding to assist tourism-related businesses and organizations. PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
A proposed $13 million investment in Rhode Island’s travel, tourism and events sectors would come as a well-timed boost, according to tourism leaders, but some say it wouldn’t be enough to fully address lingering problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Oct. 7, Gov. Daniel J. McKee released a plan for spending almost 10% of…

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