Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Economic Impact

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS BOOKED FOR
CALENDAR YEAR 2017

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
112,207

Attendees

Estimated Number of Attendees
215,100

Economic Impact
Total Economic Impact
 $76,872,435

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

Room Nights

Total Hotel Room Nights
74,514

Attendees

Estimated Number of Attendees
156,101

Economic Impact

Total Direct Spend
$55,096,358

[ Meetings Booked Outside of Convention Center ]

Total Hotel Room Nights
42,154

Estimated Number of Attendees
58,999

Total Direct Spend
$21,843,927

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
37,020

Estimated Number of Attendees
104,505

Total Direct Spend 
$26,677,376

Upcoming Groups Meeting in Rhode Island

American Homebrewers Association — Homebrew Con 2019
3,200 people

2020 UUA General Assembly 
4,000 people

2019 JLC Live Construction Training Showcase
7,175 people

WIDA International School Consortium National Conference 2019
2,100 people

American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Meeting
1,200 people

Society of American Foresters National Convention
1,200 people

The American Orthopedic Association 135th Annual Meeting
600 people

Sigma Pi Sigma Quadrennial Physic 2019 Congress
1,200 people

2018 LEIM (Law Enforcement Information Management Conference)
500 people

Conservative Congregational Christian Annual Conference 2020
600 people

2019 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Regionals
7,000 people

Eastern Nursing Research Society 31st Annual Scientific Sessions
600 people

Southern New England Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God Women’s Conference
900 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. 

Meetings