TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, BWI (May 2, 2007) "“ Soaking up the sun and Caribbean culture never sounded better as the countdown begins for the fourth annual Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival, set to take place July 30 to Aug. 6, 2007, on the breathtaking island of Providenciales. The star-studded event will feature some of today's most popular artists, including John Legend and India.Arie, as well as a diverse collection of activities perfect for all audiences.

Don Gardiner, chairman of the Tourist Board, is sure that this year's lineup will be the best ever. "We invite new and returning visitors from across the globe to step foot in the sand, soak in the sun and explore the island's lively spirit while enjoying world-class musical performances. The festival is the perfect opportunity to indulge in an unforgettable vacation at one of our oceanfront resorts. Come dance the days away admiring the breathtaking views, flawless white sand, turquoise waters and suitably chic company."

The Turks and Caicos Music and Cultural Festival boasts an impressive 2007 line-up of A-list performers including international music legends and local favorites "“ making this weeklong festival a landmark event for the Islands. Performers include five-time GRAMMY award winner John Legend, one of the industry's most in demand studio session players; American superstar and multiple GRAMMY winner Michael Bolton; eloquent American soul artist and two-time GRAMMY Award winner India.Arie; country music genius and CMA lifetime achievement award winner Kenny Rogers; and R&B American soul singer Freddie Jackson.

A special Caribbean music tribute entitled "The Art of Soca" – featuring Air Supply, David Rudder, Shadow and Kevin Lyttle, among other Soca legends – will perform hit after hit in a gala event that will certainly stir up the passions of those in attendance amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Turtle Cove Marina in Providenciales.

Ralph Higgs, deputy director of tourism for the Turks & Caicos Islands, is also pleased with the range of musical superstars set to perform. "The festival offers something for all tastes. By diversifying the lineup, we expect more people than ever to discover the Islands "“ taking in the sweet sultry sounds, enjoying the steady breeze and feeling the perfectly filtered sunlight under a palm tree beside the ocean."

Please visit www.musicfestival.tc/2007 for a complete schedule of events and vacation packages or call the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board at (649) 946-4970.

About Turks & Caicos

The 40 islands of the Turks & Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, are renowned for their award-winning beaches, diving and array of world-class resorts. Additional activities include tennis, golf and horseback riding. The islands feature a variety of spa and body treatment services and is home to the world's only conch farm. There are three daily 90-minute direct flights from Miami, a US Airways direct flight from Charlotte, twice weekly flights from New York and weekly flights from Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Toronto. For more information on travel, visit the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board Web site at www.turksandcaicostourism.com or call (800) 241-0824.

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