Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Councillor Glendon Harris has committed the support of his office and the Montego Bay community to the 37th staging of the Grand Coronation show of the Suzuki Miss Jamaica World Pageant slated for Sunday, July 21 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
In what he has described as a bold move by newly appointed Franchise Holder Laura Butler, the Mayor noted that Montego Bay was well equipped to host the event. “Montego Bay is the most beautiful place in the western hemisphere. We have all the elements that make a great city in addition to an exceptional hospitality track record. We are a community that will ensure you have all the support required to ensure your bold move becomes a bold success,” he said.
Butler says the event will be exciting with an innovative and creative entertainment package which will be viewed on several platforms throughout the world. “My team and I are working towards providing a wholesome experience for the participants and patrons as well as have a high quality production of global standards; the beautiful, fully equipped Convention Centre will help to achieve this objective.”
The Mayor also noted that the pageant will benefit from the experience and skills domiciled in the community as Montego Bay is the entertainment capital of Jamaica. He shared that “Of the events registered with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in 2012. Sixty five per cent of those events were held in Montego Bay including large events such as Reggae Sumfest among others. We have all the facilities to accommodate an event of this magnitude.”
Contestants of the Miss Jamaica World Cornwall 2013 Pageant were also in attendance. Franchise Holder Junior Taylor unveiled the eight finalists which include Bria-Symone Lewis Miss Betta Ice, Lanika Coore Miss Wards Power Tools, Natasha Johnson Miss One Luv TV, Shanice Rerrie Miss Kerry Kays, Nicole Stoddart Miss Gold Plus Auto, Natashia Bryan Miss Jamaica Tours, Shanika Barnes Miss Links 96 FM, Latoya Bulgin Miss GV Tours Services.
Taylor is pleased with the move to western city and believes the winner from the Cornwall finals slated for Saturday, June 8 at Pier 1, Montego Bay will be a strong competitor at the National pageant. “We received some phenomenal entrants and expect to mount a formidable challenge on home turf on July 21,” he said.
Entries for the 37th staging will close on Wednesday, June 12 ahead of the elimination show on Saturday, June 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. The winner of the 2013 pageant slated for Sunday, July 21 at the Montego Bay Convention centre will drive home a brand new Suzuki Kizashi valued at J$4.55M as well as $J500,000 modelling contract courtesy of Nirvana Magazine. Among the other incentives for this year’s 20 finalists are an intense training package from Fusion Consulting Limited valued at J$2M as well as full educational scholarships with a total value of J$5M. Degrees will be offered through University College of the Caribbean, University of London and Kursk State Medical University. A total value of over $J15M.