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Bangkok University student crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010

Minister of Tourism vows government help to restore tourism

 

Bangkok University student crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Chiang Mai Mail

A 19-year-old Bangkok university student triumphed over 27 other transvestites to be crowned Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010.

Miss Tiffany’s Universe 2010 Mik-Nolada Thammathakorn, flanked by Nadia Nampetch (left) 2nd runner up and Bank-Chanya Denfanapapol (1st runner-up).

Nalada Thamthanakom won 100,000 baht and a new car for winning the crown during the pageant’s nationally-televised finale May 7 at the Tiffany Theatre. Two 21-year-old Bangkok University students, Chanya Denfanapapol and Numpath Prasochok, took first and second runner-up, respectively.

The final round of the four-day competition was the usual extravaganza of sound and light with the 28 women of the second category parading around the stage in evening gowns and cocktail dresses. The finalists were then given a random quiz question before singer Ruengsak Loyshusak took the spotlight.

The 13th Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant carried the theme of “I Am What I Am,” which not coincidently was the finale song in “La Cage aux Folles,” the Tony-award winning Broadway musical about a French transvestite cabaret. The idea was that celebrating their transsexuality can liberate the young men from struggle and ability to realize their self potential.

All the contestants were between 18 and 25 years old, with 75 percent bachelors from well-known universities. Their occupations ranged from television production editor to firefighter to lecturer.

Other award winners were Dutlada Iamphung for Best Dressed, Rinlaphat Phuk for the Friendship Beauty Queen and Best Complexion, and Songsuda Songklittakorn and Atsajankawee Phromaksorn took the Media Favorite prizes. Each won 20,000 baht.

Nalada said she was proud to have won the Miss Tiffany crown, seeing it “as an opportunity for transvestites to express their abilities correctly and be treated the same as natural women.”

“Most people still separate us from society, even though we can do many things for it,” she said. “This stage is an honor for us, helping us be more respected in society.”

 

Minister of Tourism vows government help to restore tourism

By Nopniwat Krailerg

The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Chumpol Silpa-archa reaffirmed the governments intent t fully support Chiang Mai tourism.

In Chiang Mai for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new exhibition center, he said that the government would not ignore the North when promoting tourism and that they plan to aid those tourism related businesses that have been hit hard in the recent crisis.

Minister Chumpol said he is planning to propose a restoration plan and engage the Cabinet in finding solutions for aiding the tourism sector, however, he added

“but for the time being, with the political turbulence still going on, we are not able to persuade the foreign tourists to visit Thailand and Chiang Mai.”

Minister Chumpol said that however he would not abandon Chiang Mai people and tourism-related businessmen. “We are in attempts to help Chiang Mai and restore tourism related businesses with measures to be proposed to the Cabinet to further consideration and approval,”

“At present, the political unrest is not yet finished, moreover foreign tourists and visitors are still in fear of visiting Thailand because of the warnings announced by their governments,” he said, adding that once the current situation improves, then the Thai government will consider more tourism measures to be stepped up to help tackle tourism recession,”

“We expect that economic restoration can be as successful as last year after the drop in tourism from the problems in April, the closure of Suvaranbhumi and the failure of the ASEAN summit in Pattaya,” he continued. “Many people thought there would be a big drop in tourists visiting Thailand but at the end of last year the number was as high as 14.1 million, much higher than predicted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.”

He noted that last year’s restoration plan was a successful one because the Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had worked hard to increase tourist confidence in Thailand, “and we answered all the questions raised by tourists regarding their safety in travelling to Thailand.”

Tourist numbers had bounced back by December 2009, to hit the highest number so far for the month but “ political unrest has happened again this eyar and we will have to work harder to restore tourism and tackle the economic recession as well,” he concluded.