Miss Eco Universe 2016 candidates visit Luxor in a bid to boost Egypt’s tourism
Photo courtesy of Miss Eco Universe Facebook page

CAIRO: Sixty Miss Eco Universe candidates from around the globe will arrive in Upper Egypt’s Luxor Sunday evening in a three-day visit, during which they are scheduled to sightsee among the city’s landmarks, Youm7 reported.

The visit comes as part of the activities of the second edition of the United Nations-sponsored beauty pageant which kicked off in Cairo on Sunday March 27. Some 60 contestants from five continents are competing for the title, which will be awarded Friday, April 15.

The first Miss Eco Universe was held last year in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria where Slovenian Patricia Pekler won the title.

The contenders have already visited a number of landmarks in Cairo, Alexandria and Hurghada. Head of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority said “the event is expected to boost tourism in Egypt and that it is a good opportunity to assure that Egypt is a safe travel destination,” Youm7 reported.

The event aims to raise the public awareness on the importance to protect the environment and support nature and wildlife. The candidates also participate in environment-related activities, including cleaning campaigns and recycling activities.

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