Chiang Mai Welcomes Miss Universe China 2016 Contestants
Thailand is hosting 16 finalists in the Miss Universe China 2016 pageant for a week of meaningful and joyful activities in Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai this week - 28 October to 3 November. Followers of the pageant will have the opportunity to see the finalists discover many uniquely local experiences in Thailand during the final round on 12 November, 2016. The Miss Universe China 2016 finalists will be joined by Ms. Yun Fang Xue, who was crowned Miss Universe China 2015, and the Miss Universe China Organisation’s team members, making a total of 40 participants. The finalists will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of Thailand’s local traditions and enchanting culture.
The Miss Universe China 2016 finalists learned the traditional Thai form of greeting and showing respect, the Wai, at Wat Thewarat Kunchorn Worawihan temple in Bangkok on 29 October. Then on the 30th and 31st October they will be taking traditional Thai dance classes in Chiang Mai. During the rest of their stay, the finalists will be learning Thai Boxing and elephant bathing, as well as taking part in many charitable and social responsible activities. In addition, they will also take part in fashion shows and a promotional photo shoot.
The week’s activities in Thailand for the Miss Universe China 2016 pageant finalists is a result of the high profile agreement signing ceremony which took place on 29 June, 2016, in Shanghai, and was presided over by Dr Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. The agreement was signed by Mr Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, and Ms. Yue-Sai Kan, the official licensee for the People’s Republic of China of the Miss Universe Organisation.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “The agreement forms part of the TAT’s plan to enhance Thailand’s quality leisure destination appeal with the goal of becoming one of Asia top three tourism revenue generators through an emphasis on attracting visitors with high purchasing power. For the Chinese market in particular, the hosting of the finalists in the Miss Universe China 2016 will help attract more affluent travellers from China to Thailand.”
The week of activities for the finalists, which will be publicised through various media platforms in China, is expected to positively raise Thailand’s profile and strengthen its position as a Quality Leisure Destination for Chinese visitors. The coverage is estimated to reach more than 700 million people. China is Thailand’s largest source of tourism, with 7.9 million travellers from China in 2015 visiting Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand are hoping to increase the number of Chinese tourists in 2016 to 10 million.