Representatives of the Miss Universe Organization and the Costa Rican government are in talks about the possibility of hosting the Big5 pageant in the Central American country in late 2021 or early 2022, reports La Nacion.

Gustavo Segura, Costa Rica’s tourism minister, made the confirmation on January 29 on the program Charlemos on Radio Actual.

Segura and other government officials, as well as members of the private sector in Costa Rica, met with MUO representatives by video conference last Thursday (January 28). “For Costa Rica, it would be a nice opportunity to host a contest that has been around for so many years and has a huge audience reach,” he added.

“We have to make sure that the contest has a theme that suits our tourism product. If a Miss Universe happens that projects Costa Rica as what it is, that it is a destination of biodiversity, of well-being, that brings social progress, the objectives (of both parties) would be aligned,” Segura said.

Costa Rican authorities are set to create a working committee to make “that happen” and that “we are going to work to achieve it.”

While the government said it does not have the resources to fund the event, La Nacion reported that representatives of Miss Universe already sought support from private companies both in Costa Rica and in Central America.

The next step is for the MUO to visit the country “so that they can see first-hand the natural and cultural beauties that Costa Rica offers.” Missosology.Org