Over 10,000 people from across the world are expected to attend Miss Planet International contest at Munyonyo Speke Resort in Kampala.
The minister of state for foreign affairs Mr Henry Okello Oryem on Tuesday told journalists in Kampala that Uganda is safe for international activities and tourism despite the Ebola outbreak that has infected more than 90 people and killed at least 28 since it was announced in the country last month.
“Hosting Miss Planet International competitions clearly indicates that the country is safe for any activities be it international in nature. The outbreak Ebola is well managed and we cannot lose such bigger opportunities which are set to boost our tourism industry,” Mr Oryem said.
“We shall be hosting over 10,000 people from countries across the world. This is a serious opportunity for our people in the hotel sector, tourism sector and even other locals who will supply them with whatever they will need, including food and drinks,” he added.
The contest which was last held in Cambodia in 2019 and won by South Africa’s Monique Best is slated to take place in Uganda on November 19, 2022, according to government.
At least 80 contestants representing 80 countries will take part in the pageant.
Uganda will be represented by Ms Cynthia Achenge who emerged the best at the beauty pageant contest that was conducted in August 2022.
Minister Oryem said the participants will spend at least 10 days in the country and the will take part in several public and social activities like planting of trees, visiting of schools and orphanage centres as well as promoting environment protection.
However, Mr Oryem said all activities shall be conducted under strict observance of the Ebola preventive measures as provided by the Ministry of health.
Ms Acheng told journalists that Uganda is looking forward, not only to hosting the conterst but also to emerging victor. Acheng also reiterated a call to Ugandans to support the event, arguing that it will give a new face to the tourism industry.
“Miss Planet international was not hosted for the last two years due to Covid-19 pandemic. This year, Uganda has a chance to host it and we also pray that we win it. As Ugandans we must be grateful and use this opportunity to present our country as the best destination,” Ms Acheng said during a press briefing at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.
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