"I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful," -- a rather enthusiastic endorsement of Guantanamo Bay from Miss Universe, the former Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza.
It was sun in the fun for Dayana Mendoza, the newly crowned Miss Universe and her partner in surf and shore leave Crystle Stewart, Miss USA, as the two beauty queens took part in a "deployment" to Guantanamo Bay naval base on Cuba last week.
The two gals had a full schedule for their five day visit to build up morale, what with taking rides around the base in a jeep, visiting the local drinking establishments on base and we imagine avoiding the barbed wire and minefields that surround the base also known for it's hosting facilities for detainees held under suspicion of terrorism.
And it was a full access pass that the two ladies were on, in addition to their efforts with the troops they also had the opportunity to visit the Detainees camps, no doubt a highlight of any tour of Gitmo. While there the gals saw the jails, where they shower, how the(y) recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting."
Much like those TV commercials for Disneyland where famous athlete's proclaim that they're going to Disneyland, we can see a real marketing plan in the making for the new tourist destination in the Caribbean. All that they need is a helpful slogan to bring in the curious and those looking for a little less than the luxurious.
Over to you Miss Universe perhaps you can help out...
From her blog (which apparently has since been er, modified), we think she may have had just the right pitch...
Guantanamo Bay, "It was a loooot of fun!,"
New York Times-- Miss Universe Visits Guantánamo Bay
The Guardian-- Miss Universe's fun day out - at Guantánamo Bay
The Independent-- My tour of 'beautiful' Guantanamo Bay, by Miss Universe
USA Today-- Miss Universe! Visits! Guantanamo!