04 February 2010

Miss World 2010 is going to Sanya, China AGAIN?

Miss World is not Miss World without controversies. Since time in memorial, this London-based pageant has been plagued by scandals. The 2010 edition is not an exception. The pageant has not even started yet but it is already drawing the attention of pageant fans worldwide.

Last week, it has been announced by Miss World Organization through its official website that the pageant will take place this year in Vietnam in November. Actually, the announcement did not come as a surprise because as everybody knows Julia Morley, the owner of the pageant and Ksenia Sukhinova, the then Miss World winner, were in Vietnam in 2008 to sign the contracts. The announcement was only a formality.

What excited the fans was the scenario that both Miss World and Miss Earth pageants will be taking place at the same country on the same month.

Read my post here about Miss Earth being hosted by Vietnam in November.

But news broke out that the main sponsor of Miss World backed out because of a dispute on the venue. Two provinces, Tien Giang and Khanh Hoa were caught in the middle of the dispute.

RAAS, a pharmaceutical company, is providing USD 10 million for the pageant and they wanted it to be held in the Province of Tien Giang. However, the government of Vietnam through its Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism approved the pageant to be held in the province of Khanh Hoa, in Nha Trang City.

Since this is the decision of the government, Mr. Hoang Kieu, the president of RAAS company can't do anything so he willingly gave up the right to organize the Miss World 2010 to Khanh Hoa Province.

The problem came when the Province of Khanh Hoa announced that it is not willing to spend USD 10 million just to sponsor the pageant. No one from Khanh Hoa can afford to shell out the amount needed to host Miss World 2010.

In another development, Hoang Kieu and the RAAS company will instead seek the permission of the Vietnamese government to host Miss World 2011 or 2012.

Now there is a rumor that if Miss World 2010 will not be held in Vietnam, it will be moved back to Sanya, China. Sanya hosted the pageant for 4 years - from 2003 to 2005 and in 2007.