Thursday, May 7, 2009
The best job in the world campaign has had people from all corners of the world talking since its launch in January and even crashed the website of Tourism Queensland with 34,000 people submitted application for the dream job in Australia. The 16 finalists from 15 countries, including Mieko Kobayashi from Japan, were flown to Hamilton island earlier this week where they will get pampered.
A British charity fundraiser, Ben Southall, has been announced as the winner of the competition yesterday, he will spend six months swimming, snorkeling and sailing around the tourist paradise of Hamilton Island, and will earn 150,000 dollars for blogging about his experience on the island. He will also get a free home on the island, free access to surrounding recreational facilities, transport on the island, free return airfare, computer and camera gear and travel to the other islands in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
(Picture courtesy of Tourism Queensland)
The Tourism Queensland estimates the campaign has been worth $150 million in global tourism promotion. Hamilton island which is located among Whitsunday islands in northeastern Queensland, offers beautiful beaches, tropical weather, amazing coral reefs, and daily tours to The Great Barrier Reef.