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Discover Newport has been recognized by Smart Meetings magazine with a Platinum Choice Award for Outstanding Service. More info from the press release distributed by Discover Newport below;

Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals, recently awarded Discover Newport with a coveted Platinum Choice Award. This highly respected award acknowledges outstanding service by destination marketing companies and CVBs from across North America.

“I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of our Destination Experts and our entire team,” said Timothy Walsh, CMP, Discover Newport’s vice president of sales. “We work hard to exceed meeting planners’ expectations and introduce them to the broad spectrum of hotels, unique venues, diverse dining partners and exceptional experiences here in our extraordinary destination.”

Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport, agrees. “The national meetings industry is very competitive,” Smith said. “I am proud that our team has been recognized with this award as it points out the hard work they put forth every day to support our hospitality industry.”

Discover Newport and its fellow honorees are celebrated in the December 2015 issue of Smart Meetings magazine and on smartmeetings.com. To view a complete list of the 2015 winners, visit smartmeetings.com/platinum.


Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. As a non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premier destination for business and leisure travel.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.