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August 8, 2017: NBC News Meet the Young Latino Mayor Who Is Bringing Back His Rhode Island City  More

June 1, 2017: “The Numbers Aren’t Hard and Fast” - Billington Makes Case for RI Leaders to Come Together on PawSox.  More

June 2, 2017: GoLocal - Billington ranked HOT!! More

May 31, 2017 - GoLocalProv: RI Leaders Need to Come to One Table to Discuss PawSox: Guest MINDSETTER™ Billington.  More

May 25, 2017 - Pawtucket Times Editorial: State leaders, let Pawtucket play ball! More

May 10, 2017 - Providence Journal: PawSox stadium: Apex site offers best hope of peripheral development More

May 9, 2017 - Valley Breeze: Study says Apex ballpark would bring in $130 million over 30 years  More


NEW: May 19, 2017 Special Legislative Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism in the State of Rhode Island Through Coordinated Branding and Marketing Efforts Commission  Rhode Island House of Representatives Report  Download PDF

NEW: 2015 Economic Impact of Tourism Report

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2017 THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Train Ride tickets now on sale

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10/27/16 - Blackstone Heritage Corridor: Volunteerism on the Rise in Blackstone Heritage Corridor More

10/12/16 - Valley Breeze: North Smithfield signs agreement with National Park Service through 2021  More

10/12/16 - Pawtucket Times: Central Falls street named in honor of Viola Davis  More

10/7/16 - Providence Journal: Pawtucket mayor, others urge go-ahead on tax credits for project More

9/14/16: Blackstone Valley Tourism Council opposes Burrillville power plant proposal More | Official Statement

8/5/16: With federal money in hand, officials promise commuter rail station in Pawtucket by 2019  More

8/2/16: Valley Breeze - Grebien: Pawtucket Wins with $13 Million Grant for Train Station  More

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30 Years of Turning Rhode Island's Blackstone
Valley into an Internationally-Recognized
Visitor Destination and National Park

Since its creation in 1985, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has been a leader in transforming Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley into an internationally-recognized visitor destination -- a strong, vibrant region for visitors and residents alike. Working in conjunction with local communities, state and federal governments, and like-minded nonprofits and businesses, the Council has not only increased the number of visitors and enhanced their experiences, but strengthened the region’s economy, created a stronger, cleaner environment, and improved the quality of life for Blackstone Valley residents.  More

How are we doing?
Don't take our word for it!

In its first 30 years, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has won a number of prestigious international and local awards and recognitions including the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award, UN World Tourism Council Ulysses Award, and UNWTO.Sbest Certification of Excellence.  More

One reason for our success? 
We're not like all the other tourism councils.

Creating and operating events and attractions, cleaning the environment, and creating economic and infrastructure development have all been important in our efforts to build a stronger Blackstone Valley for visitors and residents.

Unlike the other tourism councils, in order to meet our mission of promoting sustainable tourism throughout the Blackstone Valley, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has developed and managed a number of events, attractions, development projects, and information/education projects. One of the poorest regions in the state without beaches, mansions, and other major assets ready to promote, the Council has had to raise substantial funds beyond state funding to develop and operate projects to encourage people from throughout the world to visit the Blackstone Valley and turn it into an internationally-recognized destination. More

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Annual Dinner and 30th Anniversary Video

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2015 Annual Dinner Presentation (PowerPoint) | 2015 Annual Report