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Solomon Islands To Host 2013 Miss South Pacific Pageant
Bidding delegation credits win to local support efforts

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 7, 2012) – Solomon Islands has won the bid to host the Miss South Pacific Pageant next year.

At a meeting of the Board of the Miss South Pacific Pageant in American Samoa yesterday, Solomon Islands was awarded the right to host the event ahead of Tonga.

The Chairman of the 2012 Solbrew Miss Solomon Islands Beauty and Charity Pageant, Tony Koraua, said the bidding delegation "was extremely thrilled to have been awarded the bid."

"This once again gives Solomon Islands another opportunity to host another important regional social event.

"Our winning today (yesterday) is the end result of the support we have received from both the Solomon Islands Government, particularly the Prime Minister who had informed the Miss South Pacific Pageant Board of the Government’s endorsement of the bid," Mr. Koraua said.

He said that the pageant would give Solomon Islands a lot of publicity and exposure.

"This is good for our country’s regional and international profile on the back of the successful hosting of the 11th Festival and the recent Royal visit to Solomon Islands."

The Solomon Islands bidding team consists of the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Moses Tepai, Mr. Tony Koraua, Stella Lucas of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau, the Miss South Pacific Pageant Board, Doreen Kuper and Miss Linda Keyaumi representing women in Solomon Islands.

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