Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau

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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The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau said it expects tourism and the wedding industry will get a boost from Rhode Island’s new same-sex marriage law.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community for the last nine years. Kristen Adamo is the vice president for marketing, and she expects same-sex weddings will grow over time.


While most Rhode Islanders are out drinking up the joys of beach life this summer, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is trying to lure them back into the city in a series of television and radio ads that started running last week.

The ads highlight popular tourism spots in the capital city and try to allay people’s concerns about parking, saying:

“Whoever said there’s no parking in downtown Providence needs to come visit us. We have over 15,000 parking spaces. The city’s in bloom this summer with fabulous restaurants, concerts and more.”

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Feb 1, 2013

A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee.  A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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2012 was good to Providence's hotels

Feb 1, 2013
Front door of Biltmore Hotel
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2012 was a banner year for the Providence hotel industry.  Both occupancy and room rates exceeded the national and regional averages.