Meet your DEs

Meet Our Destination Experts

Working with groups from 5 to 500, consider Discover Newport’s Destination Experts your complimentary concierges when it comes to planning a successful meeting in our destination. Issuing RFPs, organizing site visits including venues for unforgettable off-site events, introducing you to vendors to make your meeting one to remember—these are just some of the advantages of collaborating with our team.

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Anne RobertsAnne Roberts

Markets: Boston, MA; Rhode Island, Chicago, IL and West

(401) 845-9127

Anne, a Newport native, loves her hometown. An avid walker, one of her most loved places is the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. Other days you might find her enjoying a picnic lunch at Battery Park, taking in a matinee (The Godfather is her favorite flick), or hosting a family dinner. In the hospitality industry her entire working life, Anne has been a part of the Discover Newport sales team since 1999. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International (New England) and received the Rhode Island Hospitality & Tourism Association’s Tourism Employee of the Year award in 2010.


Patricia SmurroPatricia Smurro

Markets: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Greater Boston, MA
plus International

(401) 845-9116

A New York native who lives dangerously by rooting for the Yankees in the land of Red Sox fans, Patricia has no regrets about trading the bustling streets of the Big Apple for the serenity of coastal Rhode Island (she’s also called Hilton Head and Charleston, South Carolina; and Asheville, North Carolina home).

When not showing clients the spoils of a meeting in Newport, you’ll likely to find her canoeing, at the beach, or firing up the barbecue before the backyard bonfire begins. Part of the Discover Newport sales team since 2006 and in hospitality for 20+ years, Patricia is a member of Meeting Professionals International and Northeast Convention and Visitor Bureau Representatives.


Alex HurdAlex Hurd

Markets: Washington, DC; Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut,
New Hampshire and Western, MA

(401) 845-9114

A second generation Rhode Islander, Alex has lived and worked in Newport his whole life, so representing our region is second nature. Gooseberry Beach on Newport’s famed Ocean Drive is one of his favorite spots and the place where he married wife Kym in 2013. Though he has enjoyed traveling around the world representing Newport, he never takes for granted the joy he feels coming home to friends, family (including 12 nieces and nephews!) and his four legged partner in crime, dog Toby, here on this majestic island. Alex joined Discover Newport in 2011 as Tourism Sales Manager and was appointed a Destination Expert in 2015.