March 4, 2009

Miss Universe ’09 to be held in Bahamas

The 2009 Miss Universe Pageant is to be held at the Bahamas' Paradise Island in August and aired live on NBC, it was announced Wednesday.

Executive producer Donald J. Trump, NBC Universal and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, made the announcement regarding the Aug. 30 event.

Paradise. There is no better name for the beauty of the Bahamas and this island, Shugart said in a statement. The worldwide telecast will highlight the warmth, beauty and hospitality of the Islands of the Bahamas, as well as the world-renowned Atlantis resort. We have had a wonderful working relationship with the Bahamas and Atlantis for many years and I'm very excited this global event will take that partnership to a whole new level.

The people of The Bahamas are very proud and excited at the opportunity to host some of the most beautiful people in the universe in some of the most beautiful islands in the universe, added Bahamas' Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. This feels like the perfect match. We look forward to showcasing the hospitality of our people, the clarity of our waters, the vibrancy of our music, dance, food and spirit.

Venezuelan native Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast.