Monday, November 10, 2014

Kisumu Crowns Miss Tourism Kenya 2014

Christine Pete has been crowned Kisumu County Miss Tourism Kenya 2014.

The 22 year old Masinde Muliro University student was announced the winner of the contest held at Tom Mboya Labour College on Sunday.

The night that was covered with pomp and color belonged to the beauty pageants as they showed their prowess during the the stiff competition. With different model categories showcased and with tough questions from the judges, the pageants remained beautiful, calm and appeared confident in order to get n opportunity in clinching the top County Tourism Crown.

Christine, who was referred to as Lupita by part of the attendants attracted the attention from the first time she appeared on the stage.

Pete who is a final year Bachelor of Arts student, comes from Nyando sub-county.

Linet Akoth from Nyakach and Dorcas Anyango from Kisumu West sub-counties were named first runners up and second runners up respectively.

Christine will represent the county during the Miss Tourism Kenya national finals to be held next month.

Ms. Pete who was emotionally filled with joy as she was being crowned said that she had a passion in tourism and believed that the county had made the right decision in choosing her to market the sector.

She said that marketing Kisumu's tourism attractions will be her major role locally and internationally.

The event was mainly organised by the county government and attracted 25 contestants from all the seven sub-counties including Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Kisumu Central, Seme, Nyando, Muhoroni and Nyakach.

As the ladies walked past the charged and joyful attendance, the honourable judges must have had difficult time selecting this year’s county tourism lady.

The event was graced by the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who earlier in the day had attended Gor Mahia match held at t the city. 

Also present at the function was His Excellency the Governor Jack Ranguma, Her Excellency the County First Lady Olivia Ranguma, Honourable County Executives, and Members of County Assembly led by the Acting Speaker Hon Gaby.

Governor Jack Ranguma was happy and welcomed all the guests to the important event. He promised to support the projects of Miss Tourism Kenya 2014.

He said that the event had illustrated numerous untapped talents among the youths in the county. The Governor added that he county has produced Oscar Awards winner Lupita Nyong’o among other talented artistes.

His Excellency the Governor said that the county government had set aside Sh70 million for the construction of a first ever talent academy within the county.

He said that the government would ensure that the youths earn a living from their talents. 'It is because of this that Kisumu will have its performing arts theatre' he said.

He added that the tourism is the biggest employer with a very wide multiplier effect and had been given a high priority amongst the seven key pillars of the county’s development agenda.

His Excellency said that the County would be well branded to to attract more investments. He said that soon the county would have a floating restaurant and wedding would be done at the lake.

Ranguma reported that Kisumu was prepared to host the biggest conference ever of 6,000 delegates next year for a week and urged communities to open up their homes to accommodate extra visitors.

The judges were introduced by the CEC Commerce, Tourism and Heritage Dr. Rose Kisia. 

‘The team was led by the chair Prof. Rose Ongati of Maseno University. She is the head of Department of Music and Theatre Studies and an expert in performing arts, educationist and a stakeholder in Kisumu County' she read. 

'The second judge is Lucy Rao Head Designer from Realtors Fashions. She is a coordinator and judge Fashion Show Citizen TV and an organizer of African Fashion Fair. She is also a project coordinator of Pamba Mali Organic Cotton in the County' she added. 

'Also a member of the team is Willis Ondiek, who has worked in the tourism industry for over twenty years. He is the Assistant Director of Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) the newest institution in the industry. He comes from the County. Willis is a stakeholder and an investor’.

In addition, Dr. Rose said that she was happy to have led the County to holding a successful event that would propel tourism in the region to a different height.

She said that the County Government will use its enormous tourism attraction sites to attract tourists from outside the county. She said that the following year, the government would consider male participants in order to have Mr. Tourism Kenya Kisumu County.

The beauty pageant, the first one of its kind, was launched to promote the county’s investment and tourism destinations.

Also speaking at the event, First Lady, Olivia Ranguma said that the exercise brought together pageants from different parts of the county hence playing a big role in bringing and enhancing communities’ participation from the whole County.

She said that Miss Tourism promotes both domestic and international tourism, promoting confidence and enhancing leadership skills.

Prof Jackline Oduol who was the chief guest at the event urged the county government to invest heavily on tourism development for revenue generation.

The Chief Guest wrapped it up by saying that tourism should be the key to making Kisumu visible in the county and on the globe.

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