Miss Carnival off to Miss Tourism International

HARARE - Miss Carnival Chengetai Kanonhuwa will leave today for the Miss Tourism International to be held in Malaysia on New Year’s Eve.

The 19-year-old beauty told the Daily News yesterday that she is looking forward to competing with over 70 other beauties from around the world.

“I am honoured to represent my country at such a tender age. This is a dream which most girls have in mind thus I count myself as very blessed. No words can express how excited I am to embark on such a journey.

“I would like to thank the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and his team for making everything a success. They assisted a lot, kusatenda huroyi,” said Kanonhuwa.

Kanonhuwa, though, conceded that bringing the crown home would not be a walk in the park.

“After all the hard work I have put in, I am very determined to have a successful participation at the Miss Tourism International pageant. I wish I could tell the future straight away. If I could, I would have said I am bringing the crown home. It won’t be easy, but my heart wishes to make my country proud as I bring the crown home,” she said.

Kanonhuwa, who is the Miss Zimbabwe first princess, became Miss Carnival under an agreement forged by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and the Miss Zimbabwe Trust.

The inaugural Miss Tourism International was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in 1994 under the leadership of the president and franchise owner, Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi.

The global pageant, that seeks to promote tourism, now has a mark in more than 76 countries.

Miss Tourism International also serves as a platform to educate and promote tourism and cultural exchange among the participating beauty queens.

It also helps the host country promote and showcase its way of life to the beauties from all over the world as well as the people from other countries who come to witness the pageant.

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