Contestants in the Miss Universe Pageant cooling out on the beaches of Exuma.
Nassau, Bahamas: Tickets for Sunday night’s Miss Universe pageant in country are going slowly, reports indicate.
Associated Press reports indicate ticket sales for the 2009 Miss Universe pageant have been slow, prompting a special promotion Wednesday.
Prices for tickets range from $175 to $750 for the finals on Sunday night.
Bahamas Press can now confirm that the international pageant did not reap the benefits as expected. We now know the Wyndham and Nassau Beach Hotels are close, with hundred of workers sent home with only 3 weeks pay. The property is not expected to reopen until sometime in October. The RIU is now closed and workers there are home for months. The Four Seasons is closed and those workers were sent home. And the latest casualties of hotel workers came when on Tuesday of this week the Port Lucaya Resort on Grand Bahama closed its doors and sent those workers home.
“Both the minister and the Director General of Tourism should be fired!” were the words coming from one angry taxpayer who call on the ministry to account for the ill planned events leading up to Miss Universe. “They cannot sell simple things like tickets. They have no creativity, and millions of taxpayers money have gone down the tubes.
“They should both be fired as it is clear we can see they both have no vision for the now ailing number one industry of the country. Look at the mess we are in now. And then they both went out their way to commit public funds to a failed event.
Meanwhile Minister Vanderpool-Wallace contends that the event slated for Sunday, will show nine minutes of promotional scenes around the entire country. “This is commercial time seen in over 88 countries. We could have never pulled that off had it not been for the pageant,” he said.
The Bahamas, like many Caribbean nations, has seen a dip in tourist arrivals amidst the global economic recession and it was hoped the pageant would have helped to boost sagging numbers. Contestants from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2009.
In recent years, the pageant has been viewed by an estimated one billion viewers around the world.
`Access Hollywood` co-host Billy Bush along with `Celebrity Apprentice` star Claudia Jordan will host the live telecast of the 58th Annual Miss Universe Pageant from Paradise Island.
While international superstar Flo Rida will perform his hugely successful hits, ‘Right Round’ and ‘Jump’ as part of a two song medley during the Swimsuit Competition portion of the telecast. Included in the show will also be a performance by reality star Heidi Montag featuring her single ‘Body Language.’ David Guetta and Kelly Rowland will set the tone for the Evening Gown portion of the pageant as they perform their hit single, `When Love Takes Over.`
Venezuelan native Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the 2009 Miss Universe telecast.