Huge global response to Tourism Queensland campaign offering “The Best Job in the World”

More than 200,000 prospective applicants for Tourism Queensland’s “Best Job in the World” – a six month A$150,000 (US$103,000, £70,000) contract on Hamilton Island – have visited the website in the first 24 hours, Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said.

“The Best Job in the World” campaign was launched internationally last weekend and already over 200 applications have been submitted.

Acting Queensland Premier Paul Lucas said the “Best Job in the World” campaign was a A$1.7 million global marketing strategy that will increase the profile of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef islands and is expected to generate more than A$70 million worth of publicity for Queensland.

Whoever thought of this idea deserves a huge promotion and pay rise (or perhaps even “the best job in the world” itself?) as there has been an unprecedented global response.

Tourism Queensland are keen to stress though that The Best Job in the World is a genuine job offer where candidates would have to submit a 60 second video application from which 11 finalists would be flown from around the world for an intense interview process on Hamilton Island.

So what are the job responsibilities for The Best Job in the World?

  • undertake a range of activities such as swimming, snorkelling, bushwalking
  • explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef
  • make friends with the locals
  • report back on their experiences via blogs, video diaries and media interviews
  • live rent-free in a three-bedroom oceanfront villa

Sound too good to ignore? Then apply at Applications close on February 22, the 11 short-listed applicants to be flown to Hamilton Island for the final interview process in May and the successful candidate to start their six month contract in July.

If the site is slow or down (which it has been, due to the response), try the BBC website for news and tips on how to make the best of your application.

Let Your Holiday Planner know if you apply!

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