It could have been a foregone conclusion – Okkar Min Maung of Myanmar winning Mister Tourism World 2016, that is – right from the start. But 1st Runner-Up Sangit Shrestha of Nepal made sure that he is a tough even match till the end as the two front-runners went neck-to-neck in claiming the title in the international competition’s inaugural edition. It was like watching a tennis match between the two as they did not allow the closest pursuers to come within striking distance of defeating their bids. 2nd Runner-Up Tieze Emiliano of Brazil was the only non-Asian in the winners’ circle as host delegate Kian Sumague bagged 3rd Runner-Up with Khunphan Supachok of Thailand got 4th Runner-Up. Mario Hien of Vietnam was given the special title of Mister Eco World 2016 as the international face of Ilocos Sur and Vigan Tourism as popularly selected by the host province.
Luke Middlebrook of Australia and M Ryan Ramadhan of Indonesia completed the Top 8 finalists of the contest held at the Vigan Convention Center to cheering crowds. The Facebook Live coverage of Sash Factor even eclipsed the views and likes of the Miss Universe kick-off event.
Okkar will now be the Ambassador of the Mister Tourism World Organization as he will be scheduled to travel to London, Madrid and Paris to complete the UNESCO Certification that will make the second edition bigger and brighter.
This early, there are preliminary talks of Myanmar hosting Mister Tourism World 2017. But nothing has been finalized yet.
For now, congratulations to all the winners!