Miss Universe 2016, will be the 65th Miss Universe pageant. It will be held on 30 January 2017 in the Philippines.Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event. At least 90 contestants from around the world will compete for the 2016 title.
On 18 July 2016, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach made a courtesy call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in regards to hosting Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines. Duterte was initially open to the idea but refused to shoulder the expenses through government funding. Later reports revealed that the Philippine Department of Tourism clarified that the President was never opposed to the idea of hosting the pageant but only had concerns with the financing.
The Department of Tourism confirmed on 28 July 2016 that the Philippines will host the pageant. According to DOT Media Director Ina Zara, Miss Universe Organization President, Paula Shugart said that other countries were considered to host Miss Universe 2016, but the Philippines has been a prime choice for the organization.
The Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Ynares Center in Antipolo City, Clark Expo Amphitheater in Angeles, Pampanga and the Philippine Arena in Bocaue and Santa Maria, Bulacan are being considered by the Department of Tourism as the main venue of the pageant. President Rodrigo Duterte also made requests for the Miss Universe 2016 organizers to stage auxiliary events outside Metro Manila, in locations such as Boracay, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, and Vigan.
The funds needed to stage the pageant in the country will come entirely from the private businesses. Among the reported sponsors are Chinese-Filipino businessman Henry Sy and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada. The Okada Manila Luxury Hotel, currently in construction, will serve as the residential venue for the Miss Universe 2016 candidates. The projected expense for the event is $11 million USD.
Sierra Leone will debut at Miss Universe 2016. This is the third time the Philippines is hosting the pageant, previous editions where held in 1974 and 1994.