International tourism sales to South Australia have rocketed as the winner of the Best Jobs in the World was announced today.
International adventurer Greg Snell will promote South Australia to the world after winning the Best Jobs in the World competition, beating thousands of other entrants.
His victory comes as STA Travel figures show a 34% increase in international sales to South Australia - driven by strong demand from Europe - since the campaign began in March.
Announcing the winner in Sydney today, Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Greg stood out from an exceptional field of finalists due to his social media savvy and photography skills.
“Greg’s travel experience, passion for wildlife and digital media skills made him the ideal person for the job of Wildlife Caretaker – one of six positions offered in the Best Jobs in the World campaign,” Mr Bignell said.
“It was a tough decision, but I am sure Greg will be a great ambassador for South Australia.
“He will not only be looking after our precious wildlife, but will also be promoting our state as a working and holiday destination to thousands of people across the world.”
Canadian Greg, 27, competed against fellow finalists American Nick Tilley, 33, and Taiwanese Hsin-Hsuan “CC” Hsieh, 25, in a series of challenges and interviews in South Australia.
The prize includes a salary package worth $100,000 and he will spend six months caring for South Australia’s wildlife, working on Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula with sea lions, dolphins, koalas, seals, tuna and great white sharks.
He will also visit other regions, help with the Santos Tour Down Under and post online blogs about his experiences from 1 December.
An adventure tour leader based in South America, Greg said he was elated to be chosen for the important role.
“It is a privilege and an honour and I will bring my passion and enthusiasm for life, travel and conservation to the role in your wonderful state.
“The time I spent in South Australia this week was amazing. I swam with sea lions, held a python and cuddled koalas, so spending six months here will be an incredible experience and I look forward to sharing it with the world,” Greg said.