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Leading luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler just unveiled the winners of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports and cruise lines in the world. This year, the publication received a recording-breaking number of responses from nearly half a million readers with Newport and a handful of its lodging properties being honored in three categories:

“Accolades like these further validate what makes our destination so extraordinary and they are a testimony to the outstanding service as well as the upscale amenities and offerings these lodging properties provide,” said Evan Smith, Discover Newport’s president and CEO in a press release announcing the awards today. “I look at awards and other forms of positive media coverage of our destination as layers of influence that ultimately motivate travelers and reaffirms their plans to visit and experience new places. Admittedly, it’s difficult to measure or quantify travel as a direct result of media coverage, but I have no doubt that collectively, it moves the needle.”

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are celebrated in Condé Nast Traveler‘s November issue on newsstands October 16 and on online at www.cntraveler.com/rca.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.