Bahamas: Fyre Festival Not Our Fault, Please Come Visit

Bahamas: Fyre Festival Not Our Fault, Please Come Visit

"Clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale."

By Alesandra Dubin

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism wants would-be visitors to understand that the Fyre Festival debacle is not an indicator of any intrinsic problems related to the islands' hospitality infrastructure. And authorities there are sure hoping that any potential future visitors — or for that matter, any visitors forced to flee the island this weekend — won't be scared off.

"We are extremely disappointed in the way the events unfolded yesterday with the Fyre Festival. We offer a heartfelt apology to all who traveled to our country for this event," the tourism authority wrote in a statement. "Tourism is our number one industry and it is our aim to deliver world-class experiences and events."

And no, that's not what anyone got: "Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos."

But the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism wants people to know just at whom they can point the finger of blame (and no, not at the destination): "The organizers of Fyre recently asked the Ministry of Tourism for support for their private event. The Ministry of Tourism is not an official sponsor of Fyre Festival. Given the magnitude of this undertaking, the MOT lent its support as we do with all international events. We offered advice and assisted with communications with other government agencies. The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale."

No matter what, the tourism ministry wants people to know that its own level of hospitality remains intact: "A team of Ministry of Tourism representatives is on the island to assist with the organization of a safe return of all Fyre Festival visitors. It is our hope that the Fyre Festival visitors would consider returning to the Islands Of The Bahamas in the future to truly experience all of our beauty."

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