31 May 2005 sees the annual 'Miss Universe'
beauty pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand. Contestants from
Albania to Zambia will descend on the Bangkok capital for
what promises to be a spectacular event with at least 88 countries
The pageant will take place in Muang Thong
Thani (just north of Bangkok) at Impact Arena - one of Thailand's
largest convention and meeting centres. Rajdamneon Avenue
in the 'old city' part of Bangkok will host a number of parades
to mark the event.
Miss Universe is one of the world's most
watched events and the contest will be broadcast to 127 countries.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will sponsor the event
and prior to the pageant contestants will be given a tour
of parts of Thailand affected by the 2004 tsunami to lend
support to relief and reconstruction efforts.
Thailand is no stranger to Miss Universe,
the pageant was last held here in 1992 and contestants from
Thailand won the event on a number of occasions, the last
time in 1988 when Porntip Nakhirunkanok ("Pui")
took the title.
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