London’s Marriott County Hall Hotel has been selected to be the host hotel for the 2014 Miss World Contest. The 125 contestants have already settled in at their new London home and are fulfilling a packed calendar of engagements in the run up to the Grand Finale on 14 December.
Reigning Miss World Megan Young said: “I am delighted to be returning to the Marriott County Hall. I love to work out here. It feels like a second home to me having spent so much time with the hotel last time. I am looking forward to seeing some of the friends I made with the staff back then.”
To be crowned Miss World the contestants have to survive elimination rounds in beach fashion, their individual ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ presentations, multi-media, sports, talent and modelling. The finalists then have interviews at the Grand Finale, which will be held at the ICC Arena at Excel.
British women hoping to win Miss World 2014 are 24-year-old medical student Carina Tyrrell representing England; media student Rebekah Shirley, 19, from Northern Ireland, Scotland’s Ellie McKeating, 20, who combines being a film, media and marketing student with working as a compere and model, and 21 year old Alice Ford from Wales who is studying molecular biology.
Creator of the pageant, Julia Morley said: “The Marriott is a tried and tested hotel by us. We stayed here last time we held Miss World in the UK – it was so successful. It’s a great team to work with, and every one of the staff was just fantastic.”
Marriott County Hall Hotel GM Theresa Maw said: “We have put together a special team of in-house experts in food, beauty, fitness and nutrition to ensure that every contestant is in tip top shape for their big day. With 125 countries taking part the food requirements for each Miss World is challenging, but executive chef Gareth Bowen and his brigade have designed special menus to make sure each girl feels at home.”
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