August already? Luckily we live in Rhode Island, so our summers run a bit longer. There are still clams to bake and boats in the water. So let's soak up the sun and bask in the glory of summer in Lil' Rhody. Here's an update on what's happening here at the PWCVB and with you, our partners. 

PWCVB NEWS
Al fresco dining cafe nuovo

With everyone busy using up their vacation time during this last bit of summer, we decided to skip an August Partner Meeting. Be on the lookout for an invitation to the September meeting coming soon.

The Fall/Winter issue of GoProvidence is currently in production. The guide runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Be sure to send your events for the guide's calendar to PWCVB Digital Media Manager Nick Millard

And, as always, be sure to add your events to our online calendar. If you have any questions or difficulties please reach out to Nick Millard.  

PARTNER UPDATES
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The next full lighting of WaterFire is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 25Check out our WaterFire page for more dates and start planning your night out in Providence. 

Aaron Messina was recently named the Area Director of Sales for the Renaissance Providence and Hilton Providence Hotels. Aaron has been with the TPG family for some time, and we congratulate him on this awesome opportunity — it’s well deserved!

Fleming's is hosting summer deals that can’t be beat! Check out their Monday three-course offerings (including buttery filet mignon and sweet cold-water lobster) or Tomahawk Tuesdays (choose two salads followed by a 35 oz. prime tomahawk to share, two sides and two dessert selections).

The Providence River Boat Company and Confident Captain have joined forces to bring the popular "At The Helm" boating instruction and experience programs to Providence. Patrons can enjoy the thrill of boating with a licensed captain and seasoned boating instructor in a clinic format for just $99. To learn more about the programs and to schedule a clinic, visit JustGoBoating.com or call Kristin Stone at 401-580-BOAT.

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association recently launched the #AskFirstRI campaign, which is aimed at reducing the use of plastic straws in Rhode Island businesses. By signing onto the #AskFirstRI pledge, hospitality businesses commit to only give straws to customers upon request, instead of automatically putting a straw in a customer’s drink. Americans throw away half a billion straws every day. Eight million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. Keeping our oceans clean is an integral part of maintaining business in The Ocean State. Take the #AskFirstRI pledge.

IN THE NEWS
Partner News Spring 2017

There's a lot of great news in the press about Providence and our destination in general. Check out some recent headlines below:  

“Providence: An Artistic, Family-Friendly Getaway”New York Family

“Providence, Rhode Island: Small but Mighty”The Epoch Times

“Where to Eat and Drink in Providence”Maxim

“Pet-Friendly Hotels For Your Next Road Trip” —  Northern New England Journey

“Free and Cheap Things to Do in July After the Fireworks”Travel + Leisure

“Where to Eat in Providence, Rhode Island”The Epoch Times

“Summer Travel Trends” — Fox Baltimore

“Seg 5 - Destination Spotlight 27 - Providence, Rhode Island with GoProvidence's CEO Martha Sheridan” — RMWorldTravel

“5 Reasons to Visit Providence This Summer” — DC Refined

WHAT'S COMIN' TO THE PROVIDENCE/WARWICK AREA
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August 17–18
Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Film Festival
250 Attendees
RISD Metcalf Auditorium
Twitter: @NecronomiConPVD
Facebook: NecronomiConProvidence

August 17–19
Wizards of the Coast
Grand Prix Providence 2018

1,500 Attendees
Rhode Island Convention Center
Facebook: MagicTheGathering

August 21–22
Billion Dollar Roundtable
350 Attendees
Omni Providence

August 27–29
Property Records Industry Association Annual Meeting
170 Attendees
Providence Biltmore
​Twitter: @PRIAUS
Facebook: Property-Records-Industry-Association

August 27–September 2
American Contract Bridge League
2018 New England Fiesta

350 Attendees
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Twitter: @ACBLBridge
Facebook: ACBLBridge

September 8–9
RI DeMolay September 2018 Meeting
120 Attendees
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Facebook: RhodeIslandDeMolay

September 9–13
USS Constellation September 2018 Reunion
60 Attendees
Crowne Plaza Hotel

September 11–15
American Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Board Review
350 Attendees
Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @AAFP
Facebook: FamilyMed

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