Newport tourism

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, one of Rhode Island’s top tourist destinations, surpassed one million tours in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansions,  says the success of the mansion tours shows that people care about historic preservation and “care about keeping America’s heritage alive.”

In the September and October, the Newport mansions ere the most visited in New England, drawing more to tours than even the largest Boston museums.

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As Newport’s tourism industry grows, so does its Hispanic community.

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Tourism has long been a foundation of Rhode Island’s economy. As Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration rolls out a new tourism promotion plan, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the state must include local tourism councils in any new initiative.