In an interview with Showtime, founder and patron of Mr/Miss Culture & Heritage Botswana Pageant Trust Millicent Shunda said they have scheduled the crowning of the two beauty queens for September 23, 2018. This comes after her organisation was given the rights to organise and select the Miss Tourism and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International for this year. Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 world final will be held from November 3 to 18 2018 in Beijing, China while Miss Tourism International 2018 world final will be held from December 5 to 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
According to Shunda, preparations for finding the two beauty queens are underway. “We have been awarded the rights to organise the two beauty pageants. But the invitations got to us late and we are working under pressure to find and select the young women who will represent us at these world finals to be held in November and December respectively,” she said. “Because of the pressure and limited time and resources, we have made a decision that the crowning of the two beauty queens will be done on the same night.”
opportunity. She stressed that her organisation has experience in organising beauty contests, as such would be able to put together a finale on September 23. “Auditions for the two beauty pageants will also be done at the same time starting next week.
We have less than a month to crown our queens and then prepare them for the world finals. Models aged between 18 and 26 years must come and audition for this national beauty contest,” she said.
“But we will have to cope and compromise other things to squeeze through the tight schedules. When the invitations came through, we had planned to host a fashion show for one of our local designers Virginia Tsele who is deaf, but we had to change plans.”
However, she stated that the contestants would use some of her dresses as evening gowns. Shunda pleaded with the corporate community for support, as this would also provide them with an opportunity to market them to the outside world.
Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International beauty pageant and Miss Tourism International were initiated in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Miss Tourism International 2018 will be held under the theme Promoting Tourism, Culture and Friendship while Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2018 will be held under the theme Bringing The World Together As One.