The August 30th pageant is being presented in collaboration with the government of the Bahamas and The Atlantis Resorts. Gaynell Stubbs, National Director for the Miss Bahamas Pageant, says `this is a dream come true for the Bahamas and could not have come in a better time`.
Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, will crown her successor at the end of the 58th annual event, which will air live from Atlantis. About 80 countries and territories are expected to compete and the pageant will be broadcast live on NBC and Telemundo. The Bahamas has still no Miss Universe winner.
The announcement comes at a time when tourism to the Bahamas has seen a decline as with many other Caribbean islands and the government has embarked on a `grow your own food` campaign.