Miss Tourism Zimbabwe first princess Chido Mushaya left for Malaysia at the weekend and will represent the country at the Miss Tourism International 2010 World Final which will be held on December 31 in the Asian country.
The event kicked off on Sunday with the contestants getting into camp in Kuala Lumpur.
This is the first time for a Zimbabwean to participate in Miss Tourism International which is an annual event, although previous Zimbabwean beauty queens have participated in the Miss World Pageant.
Mushaya will contest against more than 30 beauties from different countries from across the globe. Speaking on her departure, Mushaya promised to exert herself to the maximum in representing the country during the finals.
“I will do my level best in representing our country. As the country’s ambassador, I will work extra hard in raising the country’s flag high,” said Mashaya.
She added that she was grateful to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) for adequately preparing her in terms of information about international tourism.
“I have been groomed by renowned people such as Sarah Mpofu and Brita Masalethulini. I have got the brains and the beauty to match and I believe with hard work and endurance, I will give my best in the finals,” she said.
Sugar Chagonda, ZTA public relations manager, reiterated the essence of beauty pageants in promoting specific tourist destinations, stating that Mushaya’s participation at this global pageant would present an opportunity for brand visibility as they interact during and after the camp.
He also expressed confidence in Mushaya, citing her outstanding performance in conducting her duties as Miss Tourism Zimbabwe first princess.
“We believe Chido will give a good account of herself and the country at large. She has been outstanding and unstinting in her duties and has been heavily involved in tourism, environmental, charity and cultural activities, which ties in perfectly with our belief that there is more to being part of the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe office than just being good-looking,” said Chagonda.
Globally recognised as a premier international pageant, the Miss Tourism International World contest is the only New Year’s Eve pageant that plays host to more than 30 international beauty queens from around the world.
Introduced by the President and franchise owner, Datuk Danny Ooi, the inauguration of Miss Tourism International was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, in 1994 and has so far made its mark in more than 76 countries.
The contest serves as a platform to educate and promote tourism and cultural exchange among the participating beauty queens.