Rhode Island won't replace derided 'Cooler & Warmer' slogan

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's commerce secretary says the state i's moving forward with a multimillion-dollar tourism campaign to attract summertime vacationers but has no plans to replace its poorly received marketing slogan, "Cooler & Warmer."

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said Wednesday he took responsibility for last month's botched campaign rollout, which included a video with a scene from Iceland and an error-filled website. The mistakes led state chief marketing officer Betsy Wall to resign April 1.

Pryor testified Wednesday before a House Finance Committee seeking another $4.5 million for the tourism campaign next year. He says about half of this year's budget is still to be spent but much of that will be spent just before the summer season to attract vacationers from other Northeast states.