By Nigel Nassar
The Miss Tourism Uganda pageant is in high gear following the announcement of the auditions dates by Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities minister Maria Mutagamba.
Mutagamba says registration is on, as they look to attract contestants from across the country to step to the challenge and represent the country’s rich diversity in tourism.
Would-be contestants can register at the Uganda Tourism Board offices at the National Theatre.
The registered girls will be screened before the number is cut down to 15 at the auditions, to be held on August 29 and 30 at Lions Centre, the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
The girls will be evaluated not only by their beauty but also their charm and brilliance.
The best 15 will be presented to the public during a fundraising dinner on September 6, before entering a boot camp, which will also include a trip to some of Uganda’s top tourist destinations.
In boot camp, the girls will be screened further by the judges, who will cut the number down to the final 10 who will contest for the title come October 6.
The last time a Miss Tourism Uganda took place was in 2010, when May Amongi, who had earlier contested in Miss Uganda, won the highly-coveted tourism crown.
However, regardless of the hiatus, Mutagamba has promised a remarkable pageant, saying the event will continue to take place in subsequent years, as it is integral to improving the image of Uganda’s tourism amongst the Ugandans and abroad.
The winner of Miss Tourism Uganda 2013 will also participate in Miss Tourism World later on in the year.
“We are looking for a beautiful and brilliant girl who will be the perfect ambassador of Uganda to the world of tourism,” said the minister.