By Sandra Birungi
15 contestants have been chosen to compete in the Miss Tourism Uganda beauty pageant.
The girls were unveiled last week as they showed off designs by Brenda Maraka and Stella Atal. They were chosen out of over 50 girls who had registered with the desire to compete in the beauty pageant.
They will embark on the road to tourist sites around the country in the next 12 days in a bid to showcase sites which will attract tourists. During the trip, contestants will either be able to stay in the competition or not. A panel of judges and the public will be voting out one contestant per tour after a number of activities and tests on Uganda’s tourism sector.
Six contestants will be voted out to pave way for the remaining nine who will go to the boot camp in Kampala to be trained in the catwalk, etiquette, public speaking and fitness training before they grapple in the grand finale to be held in Kampala on October 5.
Among the girls are Kellen Nakaye, Florence Namwase and Margaret Nyendo all of whom participated in Miss Uganda 2013 and actually managed to make it to the top five.
The last Miss Tourism Uganda was held in 2007 and won by May Amongin, who has since gone into oblivion, she was not even around on the night. The winner this year will represent Uganda in the Miss Tourism International in December to be held in Malaysia.
The guest of honour, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Dr. Maria Mutagamba, said the pageant will serve as a marketing tool for Uganda as a tourist destination.