Rhode Island Enacts New Tourism Improvement District Legislation

Like so many of our destinations in the United States, the COVID-19 Pandemic presented new and more complicated obstacles for funding Tourism Destination Marketing Organizations in Rhode Island. Seeking to provide a stable solution for the industry, Kristen Adamo and the team at Go Providence teamed up with Representative Lauren Carson of Newport to pass Tourism Improvement District enabling legislation for all municipalities in Rhode Island.

“The opportunity to implement a Tourism Improvement District will allow our destination to grow and evolve in a post-pandemic landscape. We are grateful for the support of our elected officials and for Civitas’ guidance. We look forward to working with our hotel partners to design a program that will fully showcase the Greater Providence area to a larger audience.”

– Kristen Adamo, President & CEO of Providence Warwick CVB

The first state to enact statewide enabling TID legislation in 2022, Rhode Island follows the 2021 TID Laws passed in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Louisiana. Congratulations to Kristen and all those who work to keep Rhode Island’s travel industry and tourism recovery top of mind.

Civitas worked closely with the Rhode Island DMOs and Representative Carson to draft and pass H7724. If you have questions about the new legislation, please contact Tiffany Gallagher at tgallagher@civitasadvisors.com.

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