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DANIEL MCCONAGHY, executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority, says that while there is some more nervousness and dialogue being had regarding the delta variant, the authority is 'staying the course' with large events moving forward to taking place. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Convention organizers cautiously proceeding with large events

PROVIDENCE – Last weekend, construction officials and general contractors roamed exhibit halls at the R.I. Convention for the JLC Live convention, which featured conference...
AT THEIR POST: John and Sarah Cullen behind the counter of their gift shop Solstice on Water Street on Block Island. They’re hoping for a very busy summer. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

BRACING FOR THE WAVE: Tourism industry ready for big rebound, but...

A year ago, John and Sarah Cullen were fearing for the future of their Block Island gift shop. With supply chains choked by the COVID-19...
THE DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER hosted a large share of sporting events booked by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2019. /COURTESY DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

PWCVB: 2019 events generate nearly $75M in direct spending

PROVIDENCE – Events booked by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau generated $74.9 million in direct spending for the state in 2019, down...
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R.I. high school students hone their hospitality chops at career conference

The Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation recently held a Hospitality Student Career Conference for 150 high school students who are currently enrolled in a...
GROWING SUCCESS: James ­McCarvill, director of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, stands in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence in 2016. McCarvill said this year will be better than 2018 for the convention center authority, and he projects 2020 will be even better than previous years.

Sports boosts RICCA coffers

Volleyball players from across the country converged on the R.I. Convention Center last April for a weekendlong tournament that brought in 170 teams and...
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