Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart has that Thailand will host Miss Universe, the highly-regarded pageant this year.
Apasra Hongsakula, who became the first Thai woman to win Miss Universe in 1965, also attended the press event, along with Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel- Peters and Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova, the Canadian winner who has become a businesswoman in Thailand since she was crowned. Considering the fact that Thais treat the Miss Universe contest as seriously as the Olympics, it seems likely that the pageant is going to be one of the biggest events in the country this year.
Thailand has only hosted the pageant twice — in 1992 and 2005. Tourism Minister Weerasak Kosurat expressed his confidence in Thailand’s ability to host the Miss Universe contestants. While it has not yet been confirmed whether the contest will be held in Bangkok, the City of Angels is the destination the government is looking to promote during the event. However the pageant is likely to be held at Muang Thong Thani complex in Nonthaburi on December 17th.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomed the organisers’ choice, saying the government was willing to support the pageant. “Other countries would know more about Thailand as contestants would join activities at several places,” he said. Thailand hosted the 41st pageant in 1992, followed by the 54th in 2005. Two Thais have been crowned Miss Universe; Apasara Hongsakula in 1965 and Porntip Nakhirunkanok in 1988.