Toward an Extended Stay in the RI Economy


Paul Edward Parker’s report of “Strong demand for Providence hotel rooms” is (probably) good news, with this part standing out (and inspiring my parenthetical note):

Extended-stay hotels — the two under construction would be the first downtown — appeal to business travelers who will be in town for more than a few days and to families who want more room to spread out, such as those attending the frequent youth-sports competitions at the convention center. Besides usually having larger rooms, they typically include a full kitchen.

“It’s sort of in the sweet spot of the American consumer,” Freitag said. “It’s the gig economy,” he added, where workers, especially in tech fields, are often hired for jobs that only last a few months to a couple of years. “Those people need a home away from home.”

The second paragraph makes it seem as if these hotels are a step down, not a step up.  The appearance is this:  Rhode Island’s economy isn’t producing jobs or opportunities that would lead people to move here permanently, so they need short-term housing.  Imagine if Rhode Island could get rid of its regulatory problems.  Then, even a gig economy might predictably produce so much work that people could expect to stay here for the long haul.

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And regarding those business travelers and families that utilize extended-stay hotels for somewhat less-extensive periods, imagine if we eliminated our sales tax!  Whether they’re here for other reasons or not, families could turn their trips into shopping sprees.

  • Merle The Monster

    Also from the article you reference, “Last year, the 76-percent occupancy rate for extended-stays nationally was well above the rate for all hotels, Freitag said.”
    I suppose this sentence would not help you make your case for radical economic change in our state so you avoid adding the needed context to the reasons for local growth of these extended stay hotels by adding this sentence to your already skimpy “longer twitter” comment.

  • Guest

    I stay in a extended stay hotel due to the convenience of having a kitchen to make my meals when I want. Also they normally are cheaper than regular hotels. Most all Rhode Island extended stay hotels are located in Warwick, West Warwick and East Providence. Even though I return to visit each year I no longer stay in Rhode Island because it is cheaper to stay in Massachusetts.