The August 30th pageant is being presented in collaboration with the government of the Bahamas and The Atlantis Resorts. Gaynell Stubbs, National Director for the Miss Bahamas Pageant, says `this is a dream come true for the Bahamas and could not have come in a better time`.
Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, will crown her successor at the end of the 58th annual event, which will air live from Atlantis. About 80 countries and territories are expected to compete and the pageant will be broadcast live on NBC and Telemundo. The Bahamas has still no Miss Universe winner.
The announcement comes at a time when tourism to the Bahamas has seen a decline as with many other Caribbean islands and the government has embarked on a `grow your own food` campaign. (caribbeanworldnews.com)
Here is another news article about the staging of Miss Universe 2009 in Bahamas. This is just another confirmation.
The Miss Bahamas Universe Organization is please about the recent announcement that The Bahamas will play host to the 2009 Miss Universe Pageant via the sponsorship of the Bahamas Government and The Atlantis Resorts.
According to Mrs. Gaynell Stubbs, "We are so please about the world coming to the Bahamas. I have wished for this day from attending my first Miss Universe Pageant as holder of the Bahamas Franchise and boast every year to all of the other National Directors at every Miss Universe Pageant, that should they come to the Bahamas- we will show them real hospitality. We now have this golden opportunity to showcase the Bahamas to the world in a unified voice. We will be the world's stage for the rest of this year, but with a lifelong lasting impact - let's do it in grand style - every Bahamian must play their part. I know we can do it hand in hand, step by step and working together. "
The Organization has extended its application deadline for young ladies wishing to compete in the 2009 Miss Bahamas Pageant until March 13th, 2009.
The successful lady winning the 2009 Miss Bahamas Universe crown will be the focus attention for the rest of the world during the Miss Universe Pageant, as she would represent every Bahamian from all walks of life as the official Ambassador at the Miss Universe Pageant to be held here in the Bahamas during late August.
This is a most prestigious and rare honour to be bestowed upon a Miss Bahamas.
The Miss Bahamas Pageant will be held in May 2009.(thebahamasweekly.com)