PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island tourism video designed to draw visitors to the state has been yanked off YouTube after viewers complained it showed Reykjavik, Iceland.
The state’s economic development agency posted the video online Tuesday for a new campaign.
The video features a skateboarder outside a glass building and has a narrator saying, “Imagine a place that feels like home but holds enough uniqueness that you’re never bored.” People on social media said: Hey, that looks like the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik.
Designer Greg Nemes visited Iceland in October and says he recognizes the “unmistakable building.” Social media users agree with him, posting side-by-side photos.
A spokeswoman for the state economic development agency confirms it’s Harpa. She says a local editing firm was told to use only Rhode Island footage but “a mistake was made.”