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Winners announced in the battle for the world’s best jobs

As a major competition sponsor, STA Travel is pleased to congratulate the six winners of Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ contest.

After being picked from 330,000 applicants from 196 countries across the globe, 18 finalists spent the past week in Australia going through a series of adventure, nature-based, culinary, social media and photography challenges and assessments, as part of a rigorous final selection process.

Today job offers were made to the six successful applicants; among them an American finance graduate, a Brazilian travel photographer, an Irish internet entrepreneur, a French tourism graduate, an English film costume designer and a Canadian adventure tour guide. They are:

• Andrew Smith (USA): Chief Funster (New South Wales)
• Roberto Seba (Brazil): Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne, Victoria)
• Allan Dixon (Ireland): Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)
• Elisa Detrez (France): Park Ranger (Queensland)
• Rich Keam (England): Taste Master (Western Australia)
• Greg Snell (Canada): Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia):

“We are thrilled to have been part of this global completion, which really showcased what Australia has to offer youth travellers around the globe”, said David Green, Managing Director STA Travel Australia. “Well done to the six deserving winners. It was a tough competition and they are all worthy candidates.”
The competition was part of a A$4 million major international marketing push to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program, which STA is a major partner of. In 2012, Working Holiday Makers contributed A$2.5 billion to the Australian economy, each spending on average in excess of A$13,000 during their stay.

The successful candidates are expected to commence their jobs between August and December 2013.


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