For the first time in the history of Miss World, the highly anticipated final – the 69th edition –will be hosted in Thailand, Miss World Organisation chief executive officer and chairman Julia Morley announced during a press conference at Phraya Thai Palace in Bangkok on Monday.
Delegates from 130 countries are scheduled to arrive in the Kingdom in November, with the final to be held the following month. During their one-month-long stay here, contestants will participate in various activities and visit tourism sites across the country, as well as take part in “Beauty with a Purpose” fund-raising activities to help good causes in Thailand.
Tanawat Wansom, CEO of TW Pageants, said on Monday that he was honoured to receive the rights to host such a major beauty pageant as Miss World in Thailand.
“I believe this opportunity will bring joy to the Thai public, as they will be able to see Miss World contestants doing activities in their home country, and it will help promote Thai tourism, culture and hospitality to a global audience,” he said.
Alongside Morley at the press conference were reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce de Leon and seven continental queens: Miss World Asia Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan from Thailand; Miss World Europe Maria Vasilevich from Belarus; Miss World Caribbean Kadijah Robinson from Jamaica; Miss World Oceania Jessica Tyson from New Zealand; Miss World Africa Quiin Abenakyo from Uganda; Miss World Americas Solaris Barba from Panama; and Miss United Kingdom Linzi McLelland from Scotland.