Aussies irked by 'Best Jobs in the World' drive

2013-05-17 11:31
Sydney - Tourism Australia is flooded with complaints following the failure of the board to select Australians as finalists of its Best Jobs in the World competition.

Travelmole reports that, over 40 000 applicants are local residents yet not even one has made it into the finalist for the top six jobs.  

Instead, two finalists are from France and one each from Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Brazil whilst five are from the United States, four from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Comments such as, "NO Aussies! Why not... Please explain" and "Looks like us Australians don't get a chance at promotion jobs in Australia. How un-Australian", are some of the messages flooding the tourism board’s Facebook Page directly coming from angry locals.

However, Tourism Australia, in its defence, released a statement saying selecting the 18 finalists was not the easiest job in the world.

"No Aussies that's gotta be rigged ... seriously who better to promote, sell and show enthusiasm about Australia than an Aussie.  We're completely blown away by the standard of the candidates, their passion and creativity in applying for these six dream jobs. More than 40,000 Australians applied (sixth highest ranking country), submitting 1,700 videos, and 17 made the Top 150 (third highest ranking country).” reads the statement.

Although in the final 18 selection there were no Aussies, the tourist body said some were very close and were just unfortunate as they were short with just a portion.

The six victorious applicants will each get an AUD$100 000 (R910 742) package comprising of six months' income for jobs described as a park ranger, a lifestyle photographer, a taste master, a chief funster, a wildlife caretaker and an outback adventurer.

Winners will be announced on June 21 and the tourist board has praised and appreciated the effort of the candidates had put in this competition.

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