Ministry of Tourism Updates
Exuma set to benefit from Fyre Festival
By Kendea Smith, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Apr 3, 2017 - 11:39:55 AM


NASSAU, Bahamas — The island of Exuma will come to life with an explosive and pulsating festival in late April that is set to give the island a significant economic boost.

The Fyre Festival, described as a departure from the familiar, will deliver a one-of-a-kind immersive experience in music, culture, art, culinary delights and luxury for an unprecedented event over the two weekends.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is working tirelessly with Fyre Festival organizers to ensure that the 2017 festival is unforgettable for the over 5,000 guests expected to descend on the island between April 28-30 and again on May 5-7.

“We (the Ministry of Tourism) are proud that Exuma has been selected as the 2017 festival location and official Fyre Festival launch pad. We are even more proud that within a very short period of time, the festival is a first for the group, and has sold out its first weekend. Organizers have attracted more than 100,000 interests on the event, and we realize that the exposure from a festival of this magnitude is already tremendous,” said Carla Stuart, senior director of
National Planning and Special Events in the Ministry of Tourism.

The Ministry of Tourism is a partner for the festival and serves as a liaison between the organizers and various government and local entities on the island, Stuart explained.

“Our goal is to work with the organizers to ensure that the festival meets all of the local standards in safety, security, environmental, etc. We will also ensure that all local approvals required to coordinate a successful event of this magnitude are secured. Of course, ultimately, with a minimum of 3,000 persons on the island, we would wish to work together with the community to provide greater opportunities and ensure maximum benefit for locals. Exuma and its residents are jewels, and event organizers will have an opportunity to explore the same,” she said.

Exuma stands to gain great economic activity and international exposure during the festival.

According to Stuart, “The Fyre team is committed to ensure that guests have the opportunity to explore Exuma and The Bahamas as a whole. The Fyre team has agreed to provide links to various tour offerings, as provided by the Exuma community. As an incentive, transportation will be provided during the daytime, for the free movement of persons to various sites around Exuma, including the downtown, fish fry, regatta site and any other popular attractions. The idea is to create as many opportunities for persons to explore while on island, as opposed to being confined to the site. Once the festival climaxes on the Sunday, the benefits will extend to the islands, as persons who stay for the week, may purchase numerous package offerings to explore other islands.”

The musical performances will feature popular artists such as the G.O.O.D. Music Family, Major Lazer, Disclosure, Blink 182, Migos, Lil Yachty, Matoma, Claptone, and Le Youth.

Additionally, Fyre Festival has partnered with ZERO to bring artists Lee Burridge, Rampue, Bedouin, Niconé, Daniel Cowel, Jan Blomqvist, Lovecraft, Bo, and Stephanie Roxanne to Fyre's "Pirate's Cove" stage. Thug******, Blond:ISH, Tensnake, and Beto Abrahão will also perform.

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