State officials and local business leaders recently announced the 2012 Ocean State Tall Ships Festival. With an anticipated $92 million dollar economic impact locally and statewide, the Tall Ships visit from July 6-9 and the America’s Cup World Series events that will precede it from June 23 – July 1 are sure to draw tourists, visitors and sailors from around the world. Previous Tall Ships events in Newport and Rhode Island have been large draws for the city and the state but with the Americas Cup World Series this year, Newport will sure to be the place to be to view these exciting events.
The most recent Tall Ships event was in 2007 and drew an estimated 200,000 people to Rhode Island and had an economic impact of more than $20 million dollars. The organizers of the 2012 event are expect the numbers to far surpass the 2007 numbers. Local businesses are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of the Tall Ships and the Americas Cup events preceding it.
The 2012 Tall Ships event will be part of the Tall Ships Challenge sponsored by Tall Ships America. Participating ships will begin in Savannah, Georgia form May 3-7, go on to Charleston, South Carolina, May 10-14 and will then be in Greenport, New York from May 24-28 before heading to Newport. When the Tall Ships depart Newport, they will sail for Halifax and other Nova Scotia ports on July 18-2 and July 24-30th. These events are all part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The Spring Seasons Inn currently has availability on these dates but we would expect the month of June and July, 2012 to fill up soon so if you are thinking of coming to Newport to participate in or view these events, it is a good idea to start your planning immediately as the B&B’s and hotels are expected to sell out soon.