NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Officials in the Bahamas are hoping this year's Miss Universe pageant will add some beauty to an ugly year for tourism.
Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace says he expects every hotel room on Paradise and New Providence islands to be filled for the Aug. 30 competition.
The minister told reporters Wednesday that the event will inject millions of dollars into the struggling economy.
This year's pageant will be at the Atlantis resort, which recently laid off 10 percent of its staff due to the global economic slowdown.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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