Best job winner announced

7 05 2009

The person who fitted the Tourism Queensland brief the best was Brit Ben Southall. The 34-year-old British charity fundraiser on Wednesday was named the winner of the Best Job in the World competition, beating 15 other finalists picked from a pool of 34,000 applicants from across the globe.

The Best Job has arguably been the most successful tourism promotion ever launched anywhere in the world. It’s cost about $A1 million ($NZ1.29 million), but generated something like $A150 million ($NZ194.02 million) in global coverage for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

As caretaker, Ben will live in a cottage on Hamilton Island, explore the delights of the 1,500 islands and reefs of the region, and share the experience with the world through the internet.And, for that he’ll be paid $A150,000 ($NZ194,024.05) for six months work.

Ben teared up during an interview with Canada TV when the reporter handed him a phone and told him his girlfriend was waiting to talk to him, after Wednesday’s winner announcement. “It was pure emotion — I hadn’t talked to her properly for six weeks,” he said. Ben says he’s looking forward to flying his girlfriend Breanna out from Vancouver to join him for his caretaking stint.

Ben said winning the promotion was a huge launching pad, and he’s ready for wherever it will hurl him. “I know the judges have chosen me because they think I’m up to the job — and I want to prove that.” And he countinued:”I’m just extremely happy I was given the opportunity to go all the way though to the end.

From: and AAP