Miss Thailand in Samui
Suratthani Gov. Pracha Taerat will nominate Koh Samui as venue for the skills workshop for contestants in the forthcoming Miss Thailand Universe pageant. The workshop is scheduled in March. The governor said that holding the workshop on Samui could generate a lot of publicity for the island and boost local tourism in the process. The Koh Samui Tourism Promotion and Development Board has endorsed the governor’s bid to have the beauty pageant workshop held on the island. The committee will ask the Samui Municipality to release Bt1 million as expenses in hosting the beauty contestants and the pageant’s staff. It would also ask hotels on the island to offer rooms for the six-day stay of the Miss Thailand Universe participants. Mrs.Wanwalee Tantikan, president of the Koh Samui Spa Association, said that tourist interest about the island would be reignited should Samui win its bid as venue for the workshop. Spa, she said, is one of the signature products of Koh Samui. The industry, she added, would benefit a lot from the visit of the beauty contestants.