World’s best bloggers arrive
TEN “wordy” contestants chosen from 767 entrants in the Queensland Blogger Correspondent competition touched down in Cairns on Tuesday to spread the word about the Douglas region.
Tourism Queensland invited some of the world’s best bloggers from Canada, The US, Malaysia, Germany and Australia to experience the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest as part of a five-day tour of the state.
The imaginative competition rolls of the back of the enormous success of “The World’s Best Job” campaign, which surpassed all expectations in promoting tourism in Australia via social media.
TPDD executive officer Doug Ryan said some of the bloggers reach millions of consumers.
“They have a massive impact on the marketplace, especially in places like the US where we hope to reinvigorate the market,” he said.
“It is important to be innovative in today’s evolving marketing world and blogging is the new way of getting information.”
The winning contestants will be treated to the “best of the best” experiences the area has to offer including staying at Thala Beach Lodge, conducting a workshop at Silky Oaks Lodge where the trees will act as conference room “walls”, dining Flames of the Forest, experiencing the reef aboard Sailaway, Poseidon and Quicksilver, having a Daintree adventure including jungle surfing and paddle trekking, visiting Janbal Art Gallery and going on a cultural habitat walk with the Walker brothers.
The contestants will be asked to spend a few hours a day blogging about their exhilarating tropical experiences.
UK-based blogger of “average joes blog”, Stuart Flatt, is excited to touch down in Australia and work with Tourism Queensland.
“This is such a great opportunity to try the best tropical Queensland has to offer, and all in less than a week,” he said.
“It’s my first time Down Under and I can’t wait to get there and stuck in.”
Succesfull editor, writer and blogger of “the vacation girls”, Kara Williams from Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, can’t wait to fulfil her dream of scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
“This, truly, has been on my ’life list’ ever since I got certified to dive in the late 1990s”, Kara said.
“I also look forward to learning more about the Aboriginal culture.”
Blogging from the aspect of motherhood, Sydney-based Chantelle Ellem is looking forward to sharing her photographs and experiences from the trip with her followers and large American audience.
“I plan to blog about this trip from the angle of being a mum, and part of a family”, “fat mum slim” blogger Chantelle said.
“I don’t know what I’m in for, but I know it will be beautiful, I can’t wait to experience the reef.”