Nakuru County is among the seven out of 47 counties without a representative in the ongoing Miss Tourism 2018 pageant.
This means that for the second year running, Nakuru County will not be represented in the pageant that takes place tonight at the Safari Park Hotel.
The last time Nakuru was represented was in 2016 when Rahab Gachengo represented the County at an event held at Vihiga County. Other Miss Tourism Nakuru representatives have been Elaine in 2013, Anne Kabu in 2014 and Laura Chepchumba 2015.
Miss Tourism is an annual national event that seeks to personify Kenya’s Tourism strengths through pageantry. It taps from young and talented ladies exhibiting a passion for marketing their Counties and Nation both locally and internationally.
According to Ambassador Alice Kamunge the National Director of Miss Tourism Kenya, the pageant aims to rally people towards the Promotion of six key Tourism development pillars.
“The six are, Tourism attractions sites and products, Cultural diversity and practices, Environmental Conservation practices, Business and Investment opportunities, Hospitality of our people, Promotion of Peace and Coexistence,” says Kamunge.
On Saturday 29th September, a Miss Tourism Nakuru County pageant was held at Courtyard Hotel in Nakuru Town. Miss Hellen Mwanzia is said to have emerged the winner though it’s not clear how she later did not participate in the Nationals.
“For the second time, we are losing a chance to market our county to the rest of the Country and the world. All I can say is that we lacked support from the County Government,” says a Nakuru resident who was part of the pageant organisation but wishes not to be named.