The Miss Tourism beauty contest, formerly known as Miss Tourism World, ended under heavy controversy once again and had to change its original title in order to resume. 23-year-old Miss Russia Tatyana Maksimova received a sash that said “Miss Tourism” only, once the pageant does not have the right to carry the word “World”, which belongs exclusively to the Miss World contest. Miss World is a registered trademark of Miss World Limited only.
However, the few media outles reporting on the pageant used its former “Miss Tourism World” title, which might get the contest in further legal trouble.
In addition, the contest which took place in Thailand last weekend claimed to have the support and sponsorship of the local national government and department of tourism, using their logo to promote it, which was not true.
Controversy has always surrounded this competition. In 2005, when it was held in Zimbabwe, the country’s high court ordered the arrest of John Singh, then president of the Miss Tourism World.
We shall see how it will end.
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