Best Job in the World win­ner ar­rives in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S Best Job in the World park ranger, Elisa De­trez, ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days this week to start work in the re­gion.

Tourism Aus­tralia re-in­vented Queens­land’s Best Job in the World cam­paign of 2009, which saw English­man Ben Southall land a $150,000 job as a care­taker on Hamil­ton Is­land.

This time around, Ms De­trez is one of six win­ners of Tourism Aus­tralia’s Best Job in the World com­pe­ti­tion, with each job go­ing hand-in-hand with a six month salary pack­age of $100,000 in­clud­ing liv­ing costs.

Ms De­trez will be based in the Whit­sun­days for one month with a French TV news crew doc­u­ment­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences as she works along­side tourism op­er­a­tors and rangers to pro­mote the re­gion’s nat­u­ral at­trac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The 29-year-old was se­lected from 100,000 ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est and al­most 10,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for the po­si­tion.

Whit­sun­days di­rec­tor of Tou- rism and Events Queens­land, Racheal Kl­itscher, be­lieves Ms De­trez will be a great am­bas­sador for the re­gion.

“We be­lieve she has the skills to ex­cel as a park ranger and the so­cial me­dia skills to be able to share her ex­pe­ri­ences with the world,” she said.

“Her part­ner Max Lon­quard is also a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher so it’s a huge bonus for us to have his skills show­cas­ing the Whit­sun­days.”

Ms Kl­itscher said in­ter­na­tional visi­ta­tion was up by 12 per cent and iden­ti­fied France as a grow­ing mar­ket for the Whit­sun­days which at­tracts 10,000 visi­tors each year stay­ing 100,000 nights.

Ms De­trez is from France and holds de­grees in Busi­ness Man­age­ment Tourism and Po­lit­i­cal Sciences, speaks four lan­guages and prior to win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion was an online mar­keter.

She started the park ranger po­si­tion on Au­gust 5 and will wrap up in Bris­bane at the end of Jan­uary next year.

TOURISM BOOST: Tourism Aus­tralia's Best Job in the World park ranger Elisa De­trez (cen­tre) is look­ing for­ward to pro­mot­ing the Whit­sun­day re­gion over the next month. She was wel­comed to the re­gion by Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice act­ing re­gional di­rec­tor Damien Head and Racheal Kl­itscher from Tourism Events Queens­land at Abell Point Ma­rina on Tues­day.

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