5 March 2013 by Luke McCormick
Tourism Australia is offering six lucky winners the chance to work in paradise with the launch of the ‘Six Best Jobs in the World' campaign.
The competition was unveiled in Cairns by the Minister for Tourism, the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, alongside Ben Southall who was the successful candidate in Tourism Queensland's highly successful 'Best Job in the World' campaign in 2009.
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy subsequently announced the campaign to members of the UK travel industry at an event held at the Dorchester in London yesterday.
More than 30,000 people from around the world have applied for the jobs since the campaign launched to huge publicity.
Tourism Australia's new Best Jobs in the World campaign has generated huge publicity around the world since launching in London overnight.
The six 'Best Jobs in the World' each come with an attractive six month salary package worth A$100,000 including living costs and are:
Chief Funster (New South Wales)
Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)
Park Ranger (Queensland)
Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)
Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne)
Taste Master (Western Australia)
Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the competition provided an excellent platform to entice more young people from around the world to come to Australia to holiday but also to work, helping to fill many unfilled tourism jobs across Australia, a key challenge for the industry.
"We've taken one of the most successful tourism campaigns in recent times - 'Best Job in the World' - and made it bigger and better by coming up with a competition which represents the very best of our country - our breath-taking landscapes and scenery, our unique nature and wildlife, great food and wine and, of course, our huge sense of fun," Mr McEvoy said.
Ben Southall added: "A few years ago I won 'Best Job in the World' - being an Island Caretaker on the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately for me, my time is up. But luckily for the world 'The Best Job in the World' is back. This time there's not one, but six amazing jobs in Australia up for grabs."
Mr McEvoy said the competition was expected to appeal to youth travellers' sense of fun and adventure. "The youth market contributes more than a quarter of all Australia's international arrivals. These are visitors who tend to stay longer, disperse widely and often come back again, with their families, later in their lives. For many young people, Australia's working holiday visa programs provide the economic means to fund travel plans, and this is at the heart of our new campaign," he said.
"Despite recent challenges - such as the high Australian dollar and the global financial crisis affecting some of Australia's traditional Western markets - the youth traveller segment remains an important part of Australia's visitor mix.
"This is a wonderful chance to reinforce and amplify our There's nothing like Australia message that Australia is a wonderful, world class destination full of unique experiences, adventure and great places to explore," Mr McEvoy said.