KUCHING (Nov 26): The Miss Tourism International (MTI) World Final 2022/2023 crown went to Thailand’s Suphatra Kliangprom, who beat nine other contestants from the final selection on Friday night.
Some 40 candidates fought for the crown, but only 10 countries were selected for the finals, which included Suphatra, Australia Gabriella Oxley, Malaysia Phoebe Ong, Singapore Crystal Huang, USA Alysa Cook, New Zealand Abigail Curd, Burundi Ndahiro Megane , Venezuela. Zabaleta, Philippines’ Maria Angelica Pantaliano and Russia’s Raskina Sofia.
Four other titles were also received, namely the Miss Tourism Queen of the year 2022/2023 International won by Laura (Venezuela); Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2022/2023 won by Maria (Philippines); Miss Tourism Global 2022/2023 won by Crystal (Singapore) and Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2022/2023 won by Alysa (USA).
There were two special awards presented – the International Dreamgirl of the Year won by Abigail (New Zealand) and Miss Southeast Asia Tourism Ambassador which was won by Malaysia’s Phoebe.
Nine subsidiary titles were also up for grabs – the best in national costume won by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Nga; Best in Talent won by Ugandan Sydney Navulya Kavuma; Miss Photogenic won by Maria; Miss Charm won by Milana Mosharova from Kazakhstan; Best in Cat’s Portrait won by Raskina; Best in Social Media won by Suphatra; Miss Nuzezo Glamor won by Crystal; Miss Friendship won by Yuka Oyama (Japan) and Miss Popularity won by Park Sea (South Korea).
The international performance themed ‘Bringing the World to Sarawak’ also featured world-class performances by entertainers and delegates also took to the catwalk in their respective traditional costumes.
After 28 years of waiting, Sarawak finally got the opportunity to host the Silver Jubilee of Miss Tourism International.
The judging panel consisted of Argenis Angulo (Argentina), Dr Dewi Motik Promono M. Si (Indonesia), Carina Jia (China), Emily Hong Nhung (Vietnam), Datin Sri Jacqueline Ngu (Malaysia), Datuk Dr Lau Pang Heng (Malaysia) . ) and Bjarne Wong (Malaysia).
The 25th Miss Tourism International World Final trip started from Nov 11-27 in Kuching and was an avenue for the beauty queens to promote Sarawak and the rest of the world.
Present at the finale were Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and his wife Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabbar; the Ministry’s Deputy Ministers Datuk Sebastian Ting and Datuk Snowdan Lawan; Snowdan’s wife Datin Melinda Claudia Bucking; Deputy Minister of Utilities and Telecommunications Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi; Padawan Municipal Council Chairman Lo Khere Chiang; Miri Mayor Adam Yii; and Miss Tourism International franchise holder and president Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi.
Yast Group was the main organizer of the Miss Tourism International World Final while the franchise holder is D’Touch International Sdn Bhd.
The page is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, local authorities and other sponsors.
The final was broadcast live on social media and Youtube.