Preparations are on the right track for the inaugural Miss Tourism Zimbabwe World 2020 which is the brainchild of an area firm 24/7 Leisure.
The organisation has since invited fashions to participate, though the identify remains to be topic to controversy for the reason that identify is already licensed beneath Sarah Mpofu.
The pageant which is being hosted at the side of Channel D will see 15 fashions vying for the title on November 21.
Talking at a press convention on Monday, the final supervisor of 24/7 Leisure, Tapfumaneyi Vivian Banhire, mentioned the organisation was able to host the pageant.
“We’ve got accomplished all our analysis and preparations are at a sophisticated stage. The grand finale can be held on November 21 and the auditions dates have been set.
“The winner will symbolize the nation in China in December. Auditions will likely be held in Harare, Gweru and Bulawayo and those that are removed from the chosen cities can do digital auditions. We’ve got money prizes and a branded Toyota IST for the queen whereas the princesses is not going to stroll away empty handed, however will obtain comfort prizes.”
Requested how they may maintain the auditions with just a few weeks left earlier than the worldwide occasion in December, Banhire allayed fears of sending half-baked contestants to China, saying that they had put techniques in place to make sure that all the things will go in line with plan.
“Sure, it’s true that there’s not a lot time left. Nonetheless, for this inaugural pageant we will likely be working with seasoned fashions to help us in grooming the contributors.
“After the winner is topped, we are going to assemble some modelling gurus and specialists in order that they will hone her expertise in grooming and deportment.
“We’ve got engaged the likes of Wilbert Rukato, founder member of Dimension four Modelling Company, on this pageantry to help together with his experience and we hope to realize the perfect,” he mentioned.
The ultimate 15 contestants can be in boot camp from 16-20 November beneath the steerage of Hazel Masvanhise to take them by the paces.
Banhire added that every one logistics pertaining to the nationwide pageant can be revealed quickly.
“We’ll unveil the theme, money prize quantity and different logistical measures forward of the present in November. I can guarantee the nation that the 15 contestants who will likely be within the boot camp will obtain correct grooming and deportment classes.”
Regardless of the event, there’s nonetheless confusion over the usage of the pageant identify amid revelations that Sarah Mpofu is the present holder of the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe licence As such, no different organisation can host a pageant with an analogous identify.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) spokesperson Godfrey Koti, confirmed the choice by 24/7 Leisure to carry a nationwide pageant. Koti nonetheless urged the brand new gamers to alter their identify to keep away from confusion or infringement with the opposite half.
“We’re pleased to have extra gamers in modelling. Both method, having many pageants within the nation isn’t an issue as a result of this promotes tourism. Nonetheless having a pageant with related, if not the identical identify jeopardise relations with the opposite,”
“I perceive that the brand new gamers within the sport are utilizing the identify, which we licensed Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda to run all provincial beneath the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe.
“Nobody can use the identical identify. We’ve got met with 24/7 Leisure and we inspired them to alter their identify so that it’s going to not infringe on the opposite celebration or confuse fashions.