THE 18th Miss Tourism International 2014 World Final came to its climactic conclusion on Wednesday as Faddya Ysabel Halabi Troisi of Venezuela took home the crown.
This marked the first time that any delegate from the South American continent clinched the title of Miss Tourism International.
It was an emotional moment for Halabi as she was crowned by last year’s winner, Angeli Dione Gomez of the Philippines and sashed by Miss Tourism International president Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre just 10 minutes to the midnight New Year countdown party.
“I am absolutely speechless. I never thought that I could beat the other 59 girls because they are all commendable,” she said in a press conference after the crowning.
“As a contestant from Venezuela, we do our very best to prepare before coming here, so it is such a blessing for me to see it come to fruition,” she added.
The second place title of Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International went to Warangkanang Wutthayakorn of Thailand and the third place title of Miss Tourism Metropolitan International went to Glennifer Perido of the Philippines, who fell short of winning a third consecutive title for her home country.
Nevertheless, Perido expressed her happiness and sincere gratitude for having been placed in the top five, earning congratulations from her predecessor Angeli Dione Gomez, who was also present.
Coming in fourth was Charina Maria Dominique Bartels of the Netherlands with the title of Miss Tourism Global International and the fifth place title of Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International went to Sun Wen Cong of China.
Nguyen Diêu Linh of Vietnam took home the special title of Miss South-East Asia this year, reserved only for delegates of the seven participating South-East Asian countries.
Although the Malaysian representative Ranjani Rajamanickam only made it as far as the top 20 finalists, she was awarded the subsidiary title of Miss Friendship, which is attained through the popular vote of the other delegates.
Another 13 subsidiary titles were awarded to other delegates, including the Best In National Costume title, which the judges decided to award to five countries this year: Guatemala, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama and Vietnam.
“The girls have really given their best for the show tonight and I am very pleased with the overall performance this year,” said Ooi at the end of the night.
He added that both the delegates and organising team have earned themselves a month’s rest before preparing for next year’s activities.