Miss Universe organisers may give HK crowning moment

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 April, 1997, 12:00am

The next Miss Hong Kong could be competing for the Miss Universe crown on her home turf next year, it was announced yesterday.

The Hong Kong Tourist Association and TVB confirmed they had been approached by organisers of the Miss Universe pageant to stage the mammoth event in the territory.

The pageant may crown the year-long handover celebrations as international attention focuses on the territory and its transition.

TVB assistant controller (variety) and pageant project manager Ho Lai-chuen said hosting the event next year would also add to the handover theme of this year's Miss Hong Kong Pageant on July 13.

'If we can bring the event to Hong Kong it will be very meaningful because with the handover, everyone around the world will be focusing on the territory,' Mr Ho said.

'I'm not sure if we will have enough preparation time to stage it next year, it will require a lot of manpower. Nothing is confirmed yet.' Tourist Association spokesman Peter Randall said the territory played host to the spectacular once before, in 1976.

'It will be feasible for next year provided everything is sorted out.' he said.

'An event like this will give the Hong Kong SAR huge international exposure.' Reigning Miss Hong Kong Lee San-san said, like a football game, competing on your home soil gives a contestant more drive to win.

'She will have a better chance of winning Miss Universe because she will be more familiar and comfortable in her local environment,' she said.

Lee will be competing for this year's Miss Universe crown in Miami next month.