Two Dutch candidates for "world's best job"

3rd March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two Dutch women are among the 50 shortlisted for “world’s best job” on on a tropical Australian island.

THE NETHERLANDS – Two Dutch women are among the 50 candidates shortlisted for the “the best job in the world” – being paid to spend six months on a tropical Australian island, organisers said Tuesday.

The candidates range from dancers to scientists, chefs and students and come from 22 countries including the United States, Britain, Russia, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Kenya.

The two Dutch candidates, Magali and Iris, were selected from a total of 34,684 applicants from some 200 countries hoping to become "caretaker" of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef in a tourism promotion run by the Queensland state government.

The job pays AUD 150,000 (EUR 80, 000) for six months and includes free airfares from the successful candidate's home country to the island of white sands and clear waters.

In return, the winner will be expected to have as much fun as possible - soaking up the sun, swimming, snorkelling, sailing - and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

Candidates had to submit a video application in English of up to one minute explaining why they are uniquely qualified for the post.

"Yesterday, a team of Tourism Queensland marketing and international staff along with a professional recruitment company made the very tough decisions necessary to cut the shortlist to the Top 50," said state Tourism Minister Desley Boyle.

The top 50 videos can be viewed online at

"There's everything from action and adventure, comedy, animation and a choreographed musical number that just stays with you," Boyle said.

The Top 50 will be narrowed down to a final 11, 10 of whom will be chosen by Tourism Queensland with an 11th 'wild card' applicant chosen by popular vote.

They will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May to take part in the final selection process with the successful candidate announced on 6 May.

The campaign is a key element in a drive to promote the northeastern Australian state's 18-billion-dollar-a-year tourism industry during the tough global economic climate.

"It's captured the imagination of the world and to date it's generated more than AUD 70 million in publicity value," said Boyle.

"Apart from brilliant television, radio and newspaper coverage, the campaign has been the catalyst for special online discussion groups, bulletin boards, blogs and websites."

AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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