HIGH PROFILE: Contestants in the Miss Tourism pageant take to the catwalk for the preliminary heats at Riverlink, including one of the winners Alicia Holgar.
HIGH PROFILE: Contestants in the Miss Tourism pageant take to the catwalk for the preliminary heats at Riverlink, including one of the winners Alicia Holgar. David Nielsen

Glamour girls of tourism hit the catwalk at Riverlink

GIRLS from across Queensland have descended on Riverlink Shopping Centre in their quest to become Miss Tourism Australia.

The girls took to the stage in the preliminary stage of the pageant on Thursday night to parade and be judged in three sections including sportswear, spring fashion and personality question and answer.

Miss Tourism Australia co-ordinator Shaye Katterl said the event had captured the imagination of the girls.

"Miss Tourism Australia Pageant is all about finding a fantastic Australian ambassador and someone who can promote tourism and trade to other countries," she said.

"We've had them travel here to Ipswich from Brisbane, the Gold Coast all over Queensland.

"The girls are very excited in their hope to be Miss Tourism Australia 2013.

"Our national final will be held in Melbourne or Sydney in November with the winners from here going straight into the final."

Last year's winner was 22-year-old Sydney psychology student Monika Radulovic.

She represented Australia at the international final held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last year.

This year's winner is also set for plenty of travel.

"Miss Tourism Australia will do lots of international travel," Ms Katterl said.

"She will go to Kuala Lumpur to compete in the international pageant and that's held on New Year 's Eve.

"She will become an ambassador for our sponsors and be promoting tourism and trade within Australia.

"The girls all love it. Whether they win or lose they are all showcasing fantastic fashion."

The competition will continue at Riverlink shopping centre today.



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