Each year, the Town of Bristol works hand-in-hand with community partners to support and enhance local tourism through its Tourism Partnership Fund.
Black Ships Festival
In 2018, the Town of Bristol partnered with the Japan-America society of Rhode Island to host the Annual Black Ships Festival in Bristol. The event drew over 3500 attendees and had a local economic impact of over $100K.
State Street Fair Series
The Bristol Merchants Association now hosts monthly State Street Fairs between April and October. Each fair features different vendors and offers residents and visitors a unique experience each time.
Explore Bristol Map
With support from Bristol’s Tourism Partnership Fund, the East Bay Media Group was able to publish tourism maps to stock the public kiosks around town.
Bristol Merchants Association
The BMA is a collection of local merchants who work to enhance the business environment through mutual cooperation by common marketing advocacy, event hosting and sharing of best business practices.
Explore Bristol works to promote everything that Bristol has to offer. The Explore Bristol webpage hosts a list of shops, restaurants, places to stay and events goings around town.
East Bay Chamber of Commerce
The East Bay Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to “encourage, promote, and support businesses and serve as a resource for the community.” The Chamber supports businesses in the Towns of Bristol, Warren, and Barrington.
Discover Newport is a non-profit destination management organization dedicated to the promotion of the Greater Newport and East Bay as a premiere destination for business and leisure travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does the Town of Bristol award through its Tourism Partnership Fund?
For FY22 (July 2021-June 2022), the Bristol Town Council has approved $35,000 toward tourism initiatives.
How do I join the Tourism Partnership?
Community members are encouraged to join one of Bristol’s partner organizations.
Address: 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday | 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (401)-253-7000 ext. 129