A GRAND TOTAL OF 56 BEAUTY QUEENS FROM 56 NATIONS WILL COMPETE FOR THE COVETED AND PRESTIGIOUS MISS TOURISM INTERNATIONAL 2012 CROWN.
The grand finals will be held on 31 December 2012 at Sunway Resort, Spa and Hotel's Grand Ballroom. The Miss Tourism International pageant is the first and only beauty contest held on New Year's Eve so guests can ring in the new year in the presence of luminous beauties!
Last year, a record was established when Miss Malaysia Gabriella Robinson won the title for the first time in history! In 14 years since it started, no Malaysian had ever won the Miss Tourism International title and Gabriella Robinson did us proud when she smashed the record.
This year, the pressure is on for Miss Malaysia Tourism June Yong, 20, to establish yet another record should she win as that will be the first time one nation has won the title in 2 consecutive years!
As a judge, I was very impressed with Jun Yong Wan Jun as she was the most articulate and sophisticated beauty queen as her command of English was flawless. She spoke convincingly and her sincerity showed. When I asked if she deserved to win, she said "Every contestant deserves to win and I am certainly doing mys best. The fact I am here is victory enough. I am not Gabriella Robinson. I am myself."
Dato Danny Ooi founded Miss Tourism International in 1996 where it was held in Kuching, Sarawak. Since then, the venue has been Sunway Resort, Spa and Hotel as long as anyone can remember!
Today, Miss Tourism International is the world's most established and acclaimed tourism beauty contest and the one of two international beauty pageants that were created in Malaysia.
The other international contest is Miss Tourism Queen of the World which is held in China and was also created by the indefatigable Dato Danny Ooi. Unlike Miss Tourism International which is held in Kuala Lumpur, the Miss Tourism Queen of the World is held in different cities in China. The latest edition was held recently on 2 December 2012 in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
Usually the winners are announced around 11.30pm so everyone could enjoy a countdown with the newly crowned Miss Tourism World.
This year, a new record is established. The event will begin at 8.30pm sharp and the winner and first and second runners-up will be announced at 10.30pm.
The winners and all the beauty queens will then be bussed to Dataran Merdeka to join Datuk Rais Yatim, Minister of Culture for the countdown at midnight.
Then the beauty queens will be ferried back to Sunway Resort, Spa and Hotel to continue the party! Meanwhile, guests who paid for the tickets will enjoy a different entertainment programme.
Traffic is problematic but since outriders will be provided, hopefully the beauty queens will arrive and depart Dataran Merdeka without a hitch.
Miss Panama Clierys Velasquez 19 173 52
Miss Paraguay Lourdes Maria del Carmen Motta Rolon 20 168 54
Miss Philippines Rizzini Alexis Gomez 22 170 54
Miss Poland Agata Justyna Ziarek 26 168 53
Miss Portugal Geraldine Marie Domingues Zawisla 18 170 56
Miss Romania Diana Solomon 19 172 51
Miss Russia Anna Volkova 21 168 51
Miss Singapore Louissa Lavnea Thomas 23 165 45
Miss Spain Raquel Arias Jiminez 20 175 61
Miss Sweden Maxime Marie Calington 23 179 67
Miss Taiwan lin I-Chieh 24 167 50
Miss Thailand Suputra Chuchareon 20 173 55
Miss Thailand knows Muay Thai kick boxing and showed the judges some lethal kicks though initially she forgot she was wearing skin tight Herve Leger body dress which defeated her kicks!
Miss Turkey Berrin Zumrut Erdal 25 175 56
Miss Ukraine Anastasia Lebeduik 23 175 55
Miss Venezuela Marielis Alejandra Castellanos Perez 25 171 55
Miss Zambia Atieno Winnie Fredah Kabwe 22 170 54
The final session featured 16 beauty queens from Miss Panama to Miss Zambia
16 dazzling beauties!
MAY THE BEST BEAUTY WIN!