20-year-old Nakitto is new Miss Tourism
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
The winner plans to promote water bodies and wildlife.
Twenty-year-old Harriet Babra Nakitto has been crowned Miss Tourism 2013 after beating nine other contestants.
Ms Nakitto was declared winner on Saturday evening in Kampala after emerging best following a question and answer session, creative wear and evening wear.
The 20-year-old, who was rewarded with a Toyota Vitz, will represent the country in Miss Tourism International contest in Malaysia slated for December 31.
The 5 ft 5 inch Nakitto could not hide her joy and kept smiling as relatives and friends came to pose for photos with her.
Although she did not get time to talk to the audience, the new Miss Toursim in an earlier interview said she would promote Uganda’s hidden treasure.
“We have wonderful water bodies. People would wish to come and visit the second largest fresh water body Lake Victoria, River Nile and others. We have wild animals that most countries do not have which can motivate tourists,” Ms Nakitto said.
Contestants Shamim Nakamyuka from central region and Ayishar Nagudi from Mbale were the first and second runners up respectively. The pageant has been revived after a six-year absence.
Tourism Minister Maria Mutagamba said they did not choose the contestants basing on only beauty but intelligence quotient as well.
Ms Mutagamba warned people against writing negative comments about Uganda on websites, saying they could tarnish the tourism industry that in a short time is the second biggest foreign exchange earning to Uganda and the fastest growing sector.
The Vice President, Mr Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, said the pageants will promote tourism domestically and internationally.
“It will showcase Uganda’s diverse and rich tourism offering (flora, fauna, culture, history, food etc) and increase public-private sector participation in tourism,” he said in a speech read for him by Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga.