PEI hopes buzz from Regis and Kelly becomes tourism boon

PEI hopes buzz from Regis and Kelly becomes tourism boon
by: Canadian Press
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CHARLOTTETOWN - Prince Edward Island has high hopes of a tourist boom after the visit of "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

The show wrapped up its broadcasts in the province yesterday, leaving behind a shower of publicity and online buzz.

On Monday, Canada's smallest province cracked the Top 10 Google searches in the United States.

It re-emerged there yesterday.

Tourism Minister Robert Vessey says the spotlight the show put on his province is priceless.

Don Cudmore of the Tourism Industry Association of P-E-I says the province will reap benefits from the visit and that it should build on that momentum.

The province spent 800-thousand dollars to bring Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa to its shores.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, a federal body mandated to promote growth in the region, funnelled another 200-thousand dollars.

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