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Wed January 9, 2013

Attendance at Newport mansions jumped last year

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attendance at the Newport mansions has reached a 10 year high.  And expanded hours may make 2013 an even more profitable year.

Admissions to the Newport mansions increased 11 percent in 2012 to a total of 883,000 visitors. The gain was the strongest on record, according to the Preservation Society of Newport County which runs the mansions. Evan Smith, CEO and president of Discover Newport, says the growth is attributable to expanded tours the Preservation Society has been offering.

The Breakers mansion on Newport's Bellevue Ave
The Breakers mansion on Newport's Bellevue Ave

“They’ve had a number of different behind the scenes tours. They’ve had servant tours. They’ve had evening tours,” says Smith. “And you add to that a number of special events like the flower show and the food and wine festival and they’re giving people a whole new way to experience these great architectural marvels.”

The mansions are the number one tourist attraction in a city where tourism is the dominant industry.  Building on its success, the Preservation Society of Newport County plans to open the mansions six weeks earlier this year and leave them open five weeks later.

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