The Miss Universe Organization announces location for its 71st annual competition
The Big Easy's fascination exceeds locality
Showcased annually and anticipated by many, this year's Miss Universe competition will be hosted on January 14, 2023 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The organization's president, Paula Shugart, shares her thoughts on New Orleans and why it poses as the perfect place for the competition.
"There is no place like New Orleans. This vibrant city has been at the top of our list to host for quite some time due to its rich cultural history", says Shugart, "as well as its unique arts, entertainment, and culinary scene." Welcoming delegates and contestants from all over the world, Shugart is eager for them to witness the city's authenticity.
Current titleholder, Harnaaz Sandhu, reflects on her time as the 70th Miss Universe and also highlights the significance of passing the crown in the Big Easy. "My time as Miss Universe has been an incredible experience…", Sandhu says, "I'm very excited that I will be crowning the next titleholder in New Orleans and that she will kick off her reign in such an exciting and special city known for its resiliency, music and grand celebrations."
Mayor LaToya Cantrell expresses her acknowledgement and appreciation of The Miss Universe Organization's decision to host this notable event in our beloved city.
"The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values of celebrating inclusion, culture and the empowerment of women," says Cantrell, "Hosting this event demonstrates the significant global impact an international city like New Orleans has on the world's tourism and cultural stages. We are honored to host the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant and show people around the globe why New Orleans is the best in the world at executing major events, festivals, conferences and conventions."
Walt Leger III, Executive Vice President of New Orleans' tourism and hospitality industry, New Orleans & Company, further highlights the significance of hosting this event in the city. "Miss Universe will bring contestants and their delegations from 90 countries, fans, celebrity judges and performers, and hundreds of journalists and global influencers to New Orleans for more than a week to support our businesses and enjoy our culture."
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