“Welcome Back, Providence” is the straightforward tagline for a campaign that’s been launched by the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau to boost leisure and business travel. The campaign has some breaking news to share, including the return of Providence Restaurant Weeks from January 9-22, with more than 45 restaurants participating, and the return of ice bumper cars to BankNewport City Center, which is both a terrific family activity and a novel spin on teambuilding. Providence is one of only three cities in the country to offer bumper cars that operate on ice. 

Looking ahead, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture+ Tourism, and founding partner FirstWorks will once again host PVDFest, Providence’s free outdoor signature arts festival, June 10-12, 2022. “After an unimaginable two years,” a statement read, “artists and performers from around the corner and around the globe will reinvigorate and rebuild Providence’s world-renowned art and culture community and showcase the Creative Capital. The three days of PVDFest programming will once again culminate on Saturday, June 11 with live music, dance, food, and visual art installations that will transform downtown Providence.” 

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Whether for business or leisure, this is a good time to visit New York. NYC & Companythe city’s official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau, has launched its first-ever NYC Hotel Week, offering a 22% discount off the standard room rate at more than 110 of the City’s finest hotels across all five boroughs. NYC Hotel Week, presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, will run from January 4 through February 13 and reservations can be made at nycgo.com/hotelweek.

 

MeetAC.com reports that Atlantic city is closing out a successful 2021 convention season, welcoming three events during December. The  Action Expo has returned to the Atlantic City Convention Center for its 18th successful year of bringing together top manufacturers, retailers, reps, gurus and groms in action sports and youth culture For the 2021 trade show, Action Expo is gathering over 300 action sports brands and approximately 600 retail buyers and decision makers.

 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I stayed with friends in Washington, D.C., and decided to make a trip to nearby Alexandria. (Just 20 minutes by car.)  I’d long heard about the charms of this historic city, which was named a Top 3 Best Small City in the U.S. 2021 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living.