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Tourism Ministry Must Avoid Another Fyre Fiasco

People are talking, that’s the one thing that has come out of the fiasco called The Fyre Festival – a high end luxury concert set for the Exumas in Spring 2017 that failed miserably, according to Minister of Tourism Dioniso D’Aguilar.

Speaking  with reporters outside Tuesday’s weekly cabinet meeting,   he said yes, the situation was most unfortunate, but at the time, tourism officials really did what they had to do and that’s facilitate the event in terms of customs, license, etc.

“We do that all the time for many many projects. Unfortunately, probably a greater level of due diligence should have been done to ensure that the disaster that happened while the Ministry of Tourism wasn’t complicit it the failure, it certainly caused the country some reputational damage,” he said.

That aside, the Minister accepts that his ministry must avoid a repeat of something of this magnitude.

“Moving forward we really have to be mindful of that and don’t accept everybody willingly through the door that came in. And maybe the previous minister probably in his exuberance to make the deal done, went all in. And [in] hindsight that was a mistake,” he said.

Expected to rival California’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the hyped up Fyre Festival went downhill due to rapidly depleting cash flow.

Festival attendees in hopes of receiving an exclusive, luxury experience instead met a remote island with little to no running water, electricity, or food. 

Written by Jones Bahamas

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