The Bottom Line: Hotels See Growth In 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan.

Sheridan says hotels in Providence have seen revenue growth close to 13 percent this year, and a similar trend can be seen in Warwick. Occupancy rates have been strong, fueled in part by conventions, meetings and sporting events.

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Three marketing firms have been chosen to develop a tourism campaign for Rhode Island. The announcement follows a months-long, national search. One of the firms is New York based Milton Glaser Inc., the agency responsible for the iconic “I Heart New York Campaign.”

In a written statement, Mr. Glaser wrote, “We’re enthusiastic about working on the Rhode Island project, because, among other things, small is beautiful.”

The other firms are HAVAS PR, a public relations firm with an office in Providence, and the Jamestown-based design group Epic Decade.


This week on The Bottom Line, RIPR's Dave Fallon sits down with Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith to discuss the strongest tourism season in recent memory.

Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy, who usually joins the conversation, is on vacation, so RIPR News Director Elisabeth Harrison fills in.

According to Smith, food travel is taking off in a big way in Newport, and many tourists are increasingly seeking "authentic" experiences. That leaves an opening for new businesses, such as movie tours and kite surfing.

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“The biggest moments are made in the smallest state.” That’s the winning entry in our tourism slogan contest.

Now, we meet its creator, Frankie B. Washington, at his favorite place in all of Rhode Island. If you were expecting a beach or historic mansion, think again.

RI State Archives

Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced the state would launch a new $5 million dollar tourism ad campaign. The ad agency hasn’t been chosen yet…but Rhode Island Public Radio decided...why wait? We asked you to come up with a new slogan for the Ocean State. Then we culled our three favorites, and asked you to pick the winner.

The results are in.  The winning slogan, "The biggest moments are made in the smallest state," comes from Frankie B. Washington, a freelance illustrator living in Cranston.

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Judging by the dozens and dozens of slogans you sent us, Rhode Island should top any tourist's bucket list.

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Rhode Island is putting up $5 million dollars for a new tourism ad campaign. But we think we can do it for less. Kind of.

Submit your best tourism slogan ideas for the Ocean State! We'll pick our favorites and put them out for a vote. We'll feature the winner and his or her slogan on air!

The deadline to enter is July 14, 2015.

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out our slideshow of tourism campaigns from years past.

Rhode Island State Archives

Have you submitted your Rhode Island tourism slogan yet? If not, there's still time! The deadline is Tuesday, July 14. We've already received some fabulous submissions from some very creative Rhode Islanders.

For the rest of you, here's a little inspiration.

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The Newport Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric.  But details of the celebration remain a mystery.

In true Folk festival fashion, producers are keeping silent on the headlining act for what they’ve dubbed “65 revisited,” an affectionate nod to the Bob Dylan album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’

International Tennis Hall of Fame

After being closed for six months, the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum reopens Wednesday, following a $3 million renovation.

For a more in-depth look at the new museum check out Mike Szostak's On Sports blog post.

The museum will now display nearly 2000 objects, including the one of the earliest known paintings of tennis, dating back to 1538.  The museum will also display historic racquets, and memorabilia from the early days of modern tennis.


Beaches have opened and warm weather is upon us, which can mean only one thing for the Ocean State, tourist season has begun. State officials are expecting increases in revenue compared to last year. Summer arrived later than usual last year, and Rhode Island saw just an average tourist season.  But this year thermometers have already been pushing 80 degrees. 

Director of tourism for Commerce RI, Mark Brodeur said early beach openings, and events like the Volvo Ocean sailing race in Newport are giving the season a strong start.

The month of May is here, bringing a heightened focus on Gina Raimondo's proposed budget and the PawSox proposal. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share your tips & thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode  Island hotels and restaurants are doing more  business lately. And that's good news for their businesses and state coffers.

That's the subject of this week's Bottom Line. The Providence and Warwick Visitors Bureau's Martha Sheridan joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon, along with Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy to do the numbers.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Discover Newport President and CEO Evan Smith. They discuss the impact same-sex marriage will have on Newport as a wedding and tourist destination and what’s being done to lure this new market.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Food Tourism Conference to Come to Providence

Apr 1, 2013

The nation’s first Food Tourism Conference is coming to Providence thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign which reached its goal of $12,000 over the past weekend.

Seth Resler is a foodie, and he believes there are many others out there like him. 

That’s the idea behind the first Taste Trekkers Food Tourism Conference. 

Resler, who has produced a number of food-related events, believes that there is a large number of people who base a major part of their vacation planning on where and what they will eat.