The first edition of Miss Tourism Sri Lanka International took place at Hilton Colombo, Colombo and Miss Netherlands, Vera Dijkstra won the crown over 19 other contestants. 1st runner-up was Miss Malaysia, Rubini Sambanthan and 2nd runner-up was Miss Lithuania, Enrika Trepkute-Zilinskiene.
The new winner will now serve as an ambassador of Sri Lanka Tourism and will promote the country in world tourism events. The organizers of the event said the idea behind the pageant was to bring the World to Sri Lanka and to take Sri Lanka to the World.
MISS TALENT – Denmark
BEST CATWALK MODEL – China
BEST IN SWIMWEAR – Lithuania
MISS CONGENIALITY – USA
MISS PHOTOGENIC – Russia
MISS PERSONALITY – USA
BEST NATIONAL COSTUME – Sri Lanka
BEST EVENING GOWN – Italy
The last couple of weeks the 20 beautiful contestants were received with warmth and treated with the best of Sri Lanka’s hospitality. The thrills and excitements of the contestants were quite visible as they went on tour to various parts of the island nation, witnessed cultural events, attended cooking shows and tried local cuisines etc.
If Miss Tourism Sri Lanka International organizer can continue like they did this year, it will be one of the best pageants. It is evident from the activities, the tours, the contestants enjoying their stay being given the finest hospitality. Though it needs more coverage, but that’s understandable since this is their first year. Here’s wishing the the new winner and the organizers best of luck for their future endeavor.