When Global Beauties decided to grant Miss Tourism Queen International Grand Slam status, back in 2007, the pageant was without a doubt the third largest in the world, with over 100 participant countries and regions, a high level of contestants, extravagant productions, great cash prizes and it was seen on tv by millions of people in several countries.
It kept on improving until the end of the last decade. Then, in 2010, it did not take place. However, one year later, it returned with full power, and Miss Thailand won the coveted title on December of 2011.
In 2012, after several venues and dates changes, it failed to happen again. The 2013 edition has just been concluded, but it was certainly not even close to what the world saw until 2011: only 41 participants, 5 from China, no one from the Americas; close to zero press coverage; no telecast. Hours after the winner from Miss Latvia was crowned, still there were no pictures available.
Pageant organizers explained that the change in government in China has caused most of the problems MTQI has been facing lately, however, a Grand Slam pageant should no rely on one host country, neither should it depend on a single country’s government status. Organizers have promised that in 2014 Miss Tourism Queen International will return “better than it ever was”, and based on its short, but glorious past, GB wants to believe it, and will give MTQI a last opportunity.
Contrary to what happened to Miss Earth, which had its president caught on a set up act of corruption, and was banned from the Grand Slam forever (it’s hard to believe how some fans, who saw the video, insist on defending such event), Miss Tourism Queen has proved to be an honest and credible contest (we have been invited to follow the voting in more than one occasion), and so it deserves a second chance.
Another Grand Slam contest, Miss International, has also gone through some rough times, especially in the 1990′s and early 2000′s. Back then, Miss International was barely able to gather 40 countries and its production was close to the level of American high school beauty contests. There was a late telecast in Japan only. But it managed to make a strong come-back, and it keeps on running strong.
Today Miss Tourism Queen International gets a yellow card, meaning it can be excluded from the Grand Slam in case it does not show positive signs of recovery next year.
We hope it won’t happen and wish it all the best in the upcoming years. Let’s watch and see what happens.