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Tom Riel
Tom Riel

Tom Riel is the Senior Vice President at the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he has been working since 2014. Before that, Tom had a 22-year sales career with Marriott, and he is currently a member of the Destinations International Convention Sales & Services committee. In his free time, Tom loves to cook and can usually be found spending summer weekends on Cape Cod.


Event Services: More Than Just BEOs and Buses

Having been immersed in this industry for more years than I care to count, I can say that the area that has seen the most change is the event services department. Whether you know it as convention services, event management or event services, this role has constantly evolved to meet the needs of an…

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Tips and Tricks for Booking a Small(er) City

Small(er) cities have come into their own recently and are becoming more popular with meeting and event planners. On average, cities with smaller convention centers (under 250,000 square feet) are recovering from the pandemic at a rate 14% faster than larger tier 1 destinations. Is this due to a…

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