Rhode Island governor says Iceland video may draw tourists


Providence, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s governor says people searching for Iceland online are finding her state instead because of a goof in its tourism video and she’s hoping they’ll visit.

The state’s tourism video has been mocked on social media for showing a prominent concert hall in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.  Embarrassed state tourism officials quickly yanked the video off YouTube.

But Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo looked on the bright side.

“Here’s the good news: Now when people go search for Iceland, they’re seeing Rhode Island.  So maybe some people will come visit us, too,” she said with a laugh.

An editing company has taken responsibility for the mix-up.  The state’s economic development agency, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, said it shared the blame since it hired the vendor.