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Save yourself the legwork and the guesswork and call on our Destination Experts for your planning support. Think of them as your very own complimentary concierges...and by complimentary we mean FREE. No catch. FREE. Our Experts are here to help with issuing RFPs, organizing site visits, introducing you to vendors and more. Follow the link below for a complete list of services and meet our Experts below. 

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Destination Expert Anne Roberts

Anne, a Newport native, loves her hometown and has become 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.

  • Boston, MA
  • Rhode Island
  • Chicago, IL
  • US West
Destination Expert Alex Hurd

A second generation Rhode Islander, Alex has lived and worked in Newport his whole life, so representing our region is second nature. Alex joined Discover Newport in 2011 as Tourism Sales Manager and was appointed a Destination Expert in 2015.

  • Washington, DC
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Western, MA
Destination Expert Patricia Smurro
Smurro, CMP, HMCC

A native New Yorker, Patricia has immersed herself into Newport life as a Destination Expert. Part of the Discover Newport sales team since 2006 and in hospitality for 20+ years, Patricia is an active member of Meeting Professionals International. She is also a member, and former President, of Northeast Convention and Visitor Bureau Representatives.

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Greater Boston, MA
  • International
Pam Blauvelt

An industry veteran and the newest member of the team, Pam has worked in the hotel sector of the hospitality industry throughout New England and has served as a corporate and association sales manager as well as director of sales for both independent boutique properties and large franchises. Serving the group tour and SMERF (social/sports, military, education, religious and fraternal) meetings market, Pam is proud to call Newport home.

  • Social/sports
  • Military
  • Education
  • Religious
  • Fraternal

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Unforgettable Venues

Inspiration tends to ditch the boardroom in search of fresh air and the unexpected. Up and down The Classic Coast we keep fresh air on tap—and not just literally with our restorative Atlantic breezes but also with some truly surprising meeting spaces. From historic presidential retreats to epic Gilded Age estates to modern day craft breweries and vineyards... opportunities to be shaken out of your routine are always on hand. So say goodbye to the same old four walls and meet out of the ordinary.

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