As the curtain comes down on the year 2010, the search for the national queen to replace reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe (MTZ) Samantha Tshuma has begun.
Regional auditions are scheduled for Saturday in eight of the country’s provinces ahead of the finals that will be held on February 12 next year.
In a statement issued by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, organisers of the pageant, the regional finals will start on November 20 and will end on December 18, after which finalists will be expected to camp in Harare in preparation for the national contest.
Mashonaland West will host the first MTZ finals on November 20, followed by Manicaland on November 26, then Mashonaland Central on November 27.
Masvingo finals will be held on December 4 and they will be followed by Mashonaland East finals on December 10.
Matabeleland finals will be held on December 11, followed by Midlands and Harare finals on December 18.
The finals are expected to attract people from all walks of life, and will be spiced up with performances by local musical outfits.
Apart from requisite physical attributes such as height (over 1,67m) and age (between 17 and 24 years), the contestants should be holders of a valid “O” Level certificate and have good communication skills.
The contestants must not be engaged, married and should never have been married and never have had a marriage annulled.
The statement further states that the MTZ finalists will be required to perform a number of engagements so finalists will not be eligible to enter other national competitions except with written permission from the organisers.