Tourism flourishes, yields billions for R.I. economy

PBN Photo From May 16, 2005/courtesy Waterfire<br><br>
<b>WaterFire Providence</b> has become a major tourist attraction, drawing more than 1.1 million people to Providence in 2004, with a direct economic impact of $33.2 million, according to studies.
PBN Photo From May 16, 2005/courtesy Waterfire

WaterFire Providence has become a major tourist attraction, drawing more than 1.1 million people to Providence in 2004, with a direct economic impact of $33.2 million, according to studies.
It looked like difficult times for Rhode Island’s travel economy when David DePetrillo became the state’s tourism director in 1983. Providence had just come out of a turbulent decade that saw the closing of its most visible hotel, the Providence Biltmore, for five years (it reopened in 1979). Newport, the state’s driving force for leisure…

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