Discover Newport

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this upcoming holiday weekend, nearly five percent more than last year and the most since 2005. (The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.) In New England alone, nearly 1.9 million residents are expected to travel – 1.7 million of them by car, despite the highest gas prices since 2014. AAA estimates 36.6 million people will drive to their destinations while 3.1 million will travel by air.

“As a strong drive market, we keep a watchful eye on the consumer confidence index and external factors that can impact spending decisions, including gas prices and weather,” said Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport in a news release that was issued by Discover Newport on Monday. “At the same time, weddings and multi-day ticketed events like the Tennis Hall of Fame Open, the 50th annual Newport Music Festival and the already sold-out Newport Folk Festival are just some examples of local happenings that continue to bring a substantial number of visitors to our destination, rain or shine. We’re optimistic that with Mother Nature’s cooperation and Newport’s reputation as an authentic, one-of-a-kind destination, it will be a successful and exceptional summer travel season.”

Discover Newport is the non-profit destination management organization dedicated to the promotion of the City of Newport and its eight surrounding townships in Newport and Bristol Counties, which includes Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Warrepremierpremiere destination for business and leisure travel.

Smith says summer is arguably the best time to enjoy the spoils of the great outdoors in Newport and its surrounding coastal communities. “Newport is a recreational paradise and now is the time to enjoy boating, sport fishing, kayaking, surfing, standup paddle boarding, hiking, cycling, golfing, tennis and so much more,” he said. “With our miles of coastline and ample green spaces, it’s time to get outside and recreate. We invite you to take some well-earned time to relax, unwind and plan your next getaway or vacation in our destination.”

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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