Half of R.I.’s hotels will close by mid-2021 without help, hospitality leader says

Half the hotels in Rhode Island will close by the middle of next year if they do not soon receive “substantial” government aid to help recover from the pandemic recession, said Farouk Rajab, chairman of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.Rajab said no specific amount of aid has been requested from the state. But he said the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is researching assistance for the industry and one figure he has heard discussed is $35 million. […]


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