Marking the first visit by an international beauty pageant winner, Miss World Karolina Bielawska visits Kashmir on Monday on a day-long tour for an event. She was accompanied by other pageant winners, including Miss World India Sini Shetty and Miss World Caribbean Emmy Pena are also accompanying her on the visit.
According to the media reports, during the day-long tour, Miss World and other the dignitaries, including Miss World America Shree Saini, Miss World England Jessica Gagen, and Miss Asia Pricilia Carla Saputri Yules, would take a boat ride at the iconic Dal Lake besides meeting the press and later calling on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Speaking to the media, Secretary Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir administration Syed Abid Rasheed Shah told that this pre-event tour of the Miss World pageant is taking place in the region months after the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting was hosted in Kashmir. “It’s an indication of the transformative nature of the G20 event in the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Major events of national and international importance are now being planned and organised,” Shah said.
Based on the current patterns this year, Shah expressed that the authorities are anticipating an unprecedented influx of tourists, encompassing both domestic and international travelers. He further noted that the influx of inbound tourists (foreign visitors) has reached its highest point in the past 33 years. He highlighted that from the Miss World pre-event tour, it is expected for the guests to be ambassadors of Jammu and Kashmir’s beauty and hospitality throughout the world.
As per the reports, the event will serve as more than just a display of the region’s picturesque landscapes. It will also offer a stage for local artists and craftsmen to engage with the visitors.
Notably, Polish Model Bielawska’s tour to Jammu and Kashmir precedes the 71st edition of the Miss World 2023 pageant, scheduled to take place in India later this year. After an interval of nearly three decades, India is set to once again host the prestigious international beauty pageant, Miss World. The last time India hosted the Miss World pageant was in 1996. To announce the same, Karolina Bielawska had arrived in New Delhi in the month of June this year.