Welcome to the beginning of the holiday season. We can’t believe that we just had our toes in the sand and now we’re breaking out parkas. Boy, time really does fly. No matter how you feel about winter, one thing is for sure — nothing beats the holidays in Rhode Island. From delicious winter menus to decorating the mansions, we know how to entertain. Be sure to let us know what you have planned for the season. Read on to find out what's new at the PWCVB and with you, our partners. 

PWCVB & PARTNER NEWS
Annual Meeting 2018

Thank you to all who attended the PWCVB's Annual Meeting last week at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The newly re-imagined Sabin Place event space was dazzling thanks to our friends at the RICC and the creative genius of Exquisite Events. Thank you to The Capital Grille for providing a tasty signature cocktail and Luke Renchan Entertainment for adding to the fun with a photo robot to capture the festivities. And a special thank you to Rhode Island Monthly for spotlighting our Annual Meeting's honorees in the January issue of the magazine. Keep your eye out for when that issue hits the stands.

Click here for a recap of the event, where the nearly 300 attendees celebrated our inspiring destination and the achievements of the following award winners:

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Larry Lepore

Rhode Island Convention Center
Dunkin’ Donuts Center

PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Roger Williams Park Zoo

RI SPORTS CHAMPION
Mark Cooke

RI Firecracker Baseball

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Len Panaggio

Former PWCVB Chair

RECOGNITION OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

Antonio Acuna
Providence GPub

Quinn Bryan
The Guild

Fernando Cepeda
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel

Kathryn Dacier
Twin River Casino

Katya Dasilva
Omni Providence Hotel

Carole Degnan
Wicked Good Bar & Grille

Amani El-Machiah
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Jesse Emerson
Rootop at the Providence G

Dan Harrington
Experience RI Tours

John Hirschboeck
Newport Daffodil Festival

Mike Lamantia
Dunkin' Donuts Center

Thomas Leveille
Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings

Myla Madriaga
Twin River Event Center

Alyssa Mariano
Providence Biltmore 

Robert McCray
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina

Tim Mclean
Fred & Steve's Steakhouse

Megan McNulty
Fairfield Inn & Suites Providence Warwick Airport

Hector Melendez
Dean Hotel

Shellie Napolitano
Hampton Inn and Suites Providence/Warwick Airport

Zachary Pisano
Providence Marriott Downtown

Eileen Renaud
Rhode Island Convention Center

Faith Ruiz
Hilton Providence

Elizabeth Son
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Warwick

Sara Taborda
Courtyard by Marriott Providence Lincoln

Roselyn "Giuliana" Young
La Gondola


Calling all future celebrity chefs! The Food Network show "Chopped" is accepting submissions for New England-based chefs and pastry chefs. Apply online at choppedcasting.com through Dec. 1.

We're gearing up for the holiday season. Let us help you get the word out on your hours and holiday menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Please send your info to Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kristen Adamo at kadamo@goprovidence.com

Is your company celebrating a big anniversary this year? (Like, 100 years? Maybe even 10?) Be sure to let us know. We want to be in the loop on these things as we plan marketing, public relations and social media promotions, as well as for media requests. Contact Director of Communications & Social Media Christina Robbio at crobbio@goprovidence.com.

Be sure to add your events to our online calendar. If you have any questions or difficulties please reach out to Digital Media Manager Nick Millard.  

IN THE NEWS
Providence Skyline

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

“16 Awesome Family Trips You’ll Actually Want to Take This Fall”Men’s Journal

“The Best Halloween Parties, Parades and Festivals of 2018”Travel + Leisure

“The 15 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween Across the United States” — Pop Sugar

“An Urban Blaze of Glory | Providence, Rhode Island”Yankee

“24 Hours in Providence: Rhode Island Is Just a Direct Flight Away” — Independent.ie

“Review: What's It Like to Fly Transatlantic From Cork With Norwegian?” — Independent.ie

“Autumn Travel” — Weekend:am

“30 Fall Family Vacation Ideas”U.S. News & World Report

“30 Fall Family Vacation Ideas” — MSN

“Best Boutique Hotels for Design Lovers 2018” — House Method

“We Went for the Colorful Leaves, But Found so Much More on Our Trip to Rhode Island” — Lexington Herald-Leader

WHAT'S COMIN' TO THE PROVIDENCE/WARWICK AREA
Rhode Island Convention Center

November 14–15
Coalition of New England Companies for Trade
CONECT November Meeting
200 Attendees
Providence Biltmore

November 14–16
Harris Computer Systems
2018 CareTracker User Conference

125 Attendees
Crowne Plaza Providence Warwick 
Twitter: @harris_computer
Facebook: n.harriscc

November 16–17
Southern New England Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God
Women's Conference

750 Attendees
​Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @sneministrynet
Facebook: sneministrynetwork

November 30–December 1
Gordon Food Service Annual Meeting
800 Attendees
​Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @gfsdelivers
Facebook: gordonfoodservice

November 30–December 2
Aim High Academy
2018 RI Invitational

2,000 Attendees
​Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @ri_invite
Facebook: rhodeislandinvitational

December 8–December 12
Brown University
CPAD Instrumentation Frontier Workshop
150 Attendees
​Rhode Island Convention Center
Twitter: @brown_physics
Facebook: brown.physics

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