From Premier Vacation Destination to Preferred Convention & Meeting Location
For years, we have been advocates of bringing conventions to the Newport community. Although we are a great vacation destination, this is not our only appeal. Our charm, local attractions, amazing venues, and hospitality have put us on the map for many small to mid-sized conventions. Newport combines the small town feel with various excursion opportunities, team building exercises on the bay and countless other opportunities for conventions to enhance their participant experience.
As reported recently, Rhode Island will host the National Governors’ Association Summer Meeting from July 13th - 16th. Social events are scheduled in the “City by the Sea,” which was described in promotional materials as being famed for its mansions and coastline. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner has also worked diligently to advocate for the National Association of State Treasurers meeting here as well. Our statewide officials certainly understand the appeal of our region for the purposes of these types of conferences and our local economy continues to benefit from these types of opportunities.
More events like this present tremendous opportunities for our community to benefit. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the New England Society of Association Executives (NESAE) were both here in June. In July, we will see the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association (NECTA)3-day conference, as well as the Eastern States Building Officials Federation, the Oley Foundation, and the Public Funds Summit, to name a few. The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA), headquartered here in Middletown, will host its Defense Industry Days conference this August which will attract defense contractors and national leaders in the defense industry to Newport for a few days.
All of these conferences do a wonderful job exposing the attributes of Newport County to different constituencies, helping to extend the tourism season, and exemplifying all of the attributes we have to offer as not only a vacation destination, but also as a center for commerce and innovation. Thank you to the efforts of Discover Newport for continuing to market destination Newport as a great place for these types of conferences and we look forward to working together to continue to attract these opportunities.
To show our support and our dedication to making the Newport community as welcoming as possible, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce offers a VIP Card program. This VIP Card is open to participants of conferences and enables us to showcase our members. Developed in conjunction with Discover Newport, this program encourages visitors that have a variety of reasons to be here to stop into the local business where they can receive discounts and promotions. The card introduces conference attendees to the community, while also generating activity for some of our participating members. By simply presenting this card to participating Newport area retailers, restaurants, attractions and more, conference goers can relish in all of the benefits of attending a conference in our area.
As we all know, and now soon the rest of the country and world will see, Newport County is not only a vacation destination for many tourists and visitors, but also a great place to work, live and play. These small to mid-sized conferences help showcase all of what Newport has to offer. We are a destination filled with diverse purposes and missions, all coming together in a collective community that continues to grow and flourish.