Both the Providence Warwick CVB and Discover Newport work hard to court new meetings, conventions and sporting events with the goal of bringing more bookings and visitors to our communities and our state. Since no one sells Rhode Island as effectively as the people who live here and love the state, “Recommend RI” is a dedicated ambassador program that gives every Rhode Islander the opportunity to take an active role in promoting the effort.
Many of Rhode Island’s business and community leaders and residents are influential members of associations, corporate boards, social groups or sports organizations. Any Rhode Islander can be an Ambassador actively recommending the state as a potential site for their organization’s next meeting, convention, conference or sporting event.
Local leaders can help by encouraging their professional organizations to meet in Rhode Island.
Recommend RI ads and testimonials exemplify the program, ranging from David Rosenberg who has been bringing the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show to Rhode Island for more than 15 years, to Deb Dormody who secured the 2015 Alliance of Artist Communities conference, to Don McKenzie of Warwick Figure Skaters who recommended that Rhode Island host the 2015 Synchronized Figure Skating Championships.
Once you recommend Rhode Island to the planning committee for your organization's next event, local destination marketing professionals will work with you and your colleagues to:
Research hotel availability and rates
Recommend off-site venues and free time activities
Host site inspections of the area for decision makers
Assist with additional details to make the event a success
Create itineraries for attendees
We are happy to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring that your event attendees have an enjoyable and memorable stay in the Ocean State.
Working with Recommend RI ambassadors, the projected value of this effort in 2016 alone will total 108,000 room night bookings and $63 million in direct spending.
When Rhode Islanders help us book business, everybody wins. Hotels are full, restaurants see an uptick in business volume, the airport is busy and retailers are happy. All this activity generates tax dollars for the state, and more importantly, generates jobs for Rhode Island residents.