Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Economic Impact

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS BOOKED FOR
CALENDAR YEAR 2015

The majority of events we book are held in the Rhode Island Convention Center. We also bring events to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, as well as to local hotels. Part of attracting this business to Rhode Island includes working with hotels in Providence, Warwick and all of Rhode Island to book blocks of rooms for those attending each event.

We measure our success by the number of hotel room nights booked, the number of people attending and how each event impacts the Rhode Island economy.
 

[ All Meetings & Conventions Booked ]
Room Nights
Total Hotel Room Nights
108,412

Attendees

Estimated Number of Attendees
194,766

Economic Impact
Total Economic Impact
 $72,086,043.74

 

[ Meetings Booked in the State-Owned RI Convention Center Complex ]

Room Nights

Total Hotel Room Nights
76,874

Attendees

Estimated Number of Attendees
143,995

Economic Impact

Total Economic Impact
$47,033,559.00

 

[ Meetings Booked Outside of Convention Center ]

Total Hotel Room Nights
31,538

Estimated Number of Attendees
50,771

Total Economic Impact
$18,816,221.74

The PWCVB also runs the Rhode Island Sports Commission, which books sporting events throughout the state.

[ Events Booked by the Rhode Island Sports Commission ]

Total Hotel Room Nights
31,160

Estimated Number of Attendees
74,697

Total Economic Impact
$26,401,535.74

SOME UPCOMING MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
1,000 attendees

Rotary International Zones 24 – 32 Forum and Institute
450 people

Federation of Analytical Chemistry & Spectroscopy Society
600 people

Association of Physical Plant Administrators
500 people

American College of Sports Medicine – New England Regional Chapter
110 people

American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics
750 people

American Biological Safety Association
800 people

National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Convention & Exhibition
450 people

What's on the Horizon

Large events like meetings and conventions are typically booked from 2-5 years in advance. The PWCVB is already working on business as far out as 2021. When our sales team is working with prospective clients and attempting to book business, it is known as “tentative business.” Once a contract has been signed, the business becomes definite. The PWCVB receives a monthly pace report from Trend Analysis Projections LLC, or “TAP,” to make sure that we are hitting our established goals.

Here is a snapshot of business for the next eight years. 

TAP Report