NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — There was more Fyre Festival fallout today when TMZ reported that festival founders Ja Rule and Billy McFarlan have been barred from staging festival events in the country in the future.
According to TMZ, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said they are going to implement a stricter vetting system for music festivals, that will include frequent contact with event organizers in the lead up to a festival to ensure satisfactory planning and progress.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism told TMZ that they didn't intervene with the Fyre Festival because they didn't have the authority due to its status as a private event.
The proposed increased regulatory attention comes after reports that the Fyre debacle may have cost the Bahamas, whose economy is heavily reliant on tourism, millions of dollars.
While the Bahamas appear to be no longer an option for Fyre organizers, the festival promoter has been hinting at plans for a new event for next year.
According to the New York Times' Joe Coscarelli, ticketholders to the 2017 festival were offered two refund options — they could take a cash refund, or they could double down on their Fyre bet with a pair of VIP passes for whatever dystopian nightmare the Fyre Squad is planning for 2018. – Staff Writers