Miss Tourism Zim provin­cial au­di­tion dates set

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MISS Tourism Zim­babwe or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced dates for the pageant’s provin­cial au­di­tions.

The first leg of the au­di­tions will be in Harare at New Am­bas­sador ho­tel on Septem­ber 19 fol­lowed by Masvingo on Septem­ber 20 at Chevron Ho­tel.

Man­i­ca­land au­di­tions will be held in Mutare at the Golden Pea­cock Lodge on Septem­ber 22 fol­lowed by Mata­bele­land North in Vic­to­ria Falls on Septem­ber 24. How­ever, a venue is yet to be ar­ranged for Vic Falls au­di­tions.

Bu­l­awayo au­di­tions have been pen­cilled for Septem­ber 28 at the Rain­bow Ho­tel, closely fol­lowed by Mid­lands’ au­di­tions in Gweru the next day at Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity of­fices. The fi­nal au­di­tions will be in Zvisha­vane at Sha­banie Mine Club on Septem­ber 30.

To be part of the con­test, one has to have a min­i­mum re­quire­ment of ‘A’ lev­els with a diploma or de­gree be­ing an added ad­van­tage. The girls must be between 18 and 24 years, sin­gle and have no crim­i­nal record.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, beau­ties with no brains will not be en­ter­tained. Less than 20 girls will be se­lected.

Once short­listed, the girls will travel to Harare early next month for boot camp ahead of the fi­nale. Their ac­tiv­i­ties from scout­ing will be filmed for a re­al­ity show that is set to be screened on ZBCtv as a build up to the na­tional pageant. “We’ll short­list only 17 girls. These 17 will go for boot camp at a pri­vate man­sion. Dur­ing camp, they’ll un­dergo a lot of train­ing and be ex­am­ined. Two will be dropped de­pend­ing on how they per­form in the house as only 15 girls will make it to the fi­nals,” Miss Tourism Zim­babwe spokesper­son, Al­son Darikayi told Busi­ness Con­nect. Be­sides be­ing given an undis­closed cash prize, the girl who will be crowned queen will be the face of Brand Zim­babwe where she will have the once-in-a-life­timeop­por­tu­nity to travel the world. “The win­ner will get a cash prize which is life-chang­ing. There’ll also be many other prizes which in­clude lots of ex­ten­sive travel. “Miss Tourism Zim­babwe will cham­pion and sup­port Tourism Min­is­ter, Wal­ter Mzembi in mar­ket­ing Zim­babwe and gal­li­vant the world dur­ing Mzembi’s UNWTO cam­paigns.” A part­ner­ship between the Miss Tourism Zim­babwe Trust and the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (ZAS) will see the sec­ond princess be­ing crowned Miss Tourism Agro. Her role will be to mar­ket the agro side of Zim­babwe’s tourism. “This part­ner­ship seeks to push agro­tourism in Zim­babwe. There’re tourists who come to Zim­babwe specif­i­cally to sam­ple our agri­cul­ture. They go to Chiredzi to see the pro­cesses at Ton­gaat Huletts or potato, maize and tobacco pro­duc­ers. So this girl will work with the agri­cul­tural sec­tor co­or­di­nated by ZAS and in part­ner­ship with us, the par­ent min­istry of tourism and ZTA.”

Bar­bara Mzembi Miss Zim Tourism pa­tron

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