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Friday, August 9, 2013

First day on the job for Queensland's 'Best Job' Park Ranger

Elisa Detrez, an online marketer from France who beat more than 10,000 applicants for the ‘Best Job in the World’ Park Ranger position, started work in Queensland today.

Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign targeted global youth travellers and involved State and Territory organisations including Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ).
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Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey and National Parks Minister Steve Dickson welcomed Elisa back to Queensland and presented her with a six-month itinerary for the dream job.

As Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger, Elisa’s office for the next six-months will be a selection of spectacular natural settings throughout the State.

“From today, Elisa will work alongside experienced guides and tourism operators to explore Queensland’s natural attractions including the world’s oldest rainforest, largest coral reef and ancient fossil sites, reporting back to a global audience,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Elisa’s itinerary will see her spend the next few months jungle surfing throughout the north of the State before heading west for an Outback ‘Eventure’ and then south to explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

“Queensland boasts five World Heritage-listed areas as well as hundreds of national and marine parks, with amazing nature-based tourism experiences.”

Elisa said she was excited to officially begin her six-month stint as Queensland’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger.
“Queensland is renowned in France for its natural beauty, which made the job as Park Ranger so appealing,” Elisa said.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting Fraser Island and going horse riding on Magnetic Island. Along the way I look forward to learning from the custodians of the land and want to encourage more people to visit this amazing destination.”

Ms Stuckey said Queensland’s natural environment was the tourism industry’s greatest competitive advantage and a main motivator of travel for international youth.

“Tourism and Events Queensland has worked in partnership with the State’s regional tourism organisations, Adventure Queensland, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and industry to develop an itinerary which incorporates an array of nature-based tourism experiences throughout the State,” she said.

Mr Dickson said he was looking forward to having Elisa on board to showcase Queensland’s spectacular national parks to a global audience.

“The Newman Government is fulfilling our promise to unlock our national parks for all Queenslanders and visitors to enjoy, and Elisa will do a great job in spreading that message,” he said.

The ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign is one of many initiatives supported by the Government through TEQ and QPWS to grow eco-tourism opportunities and help reach the goal of $30 billion in annual overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

For more information about Elisa’s ‘Best Job’ Park Ranger adventures visit – www.facebook.com/ElisaTheBestJobInTheWorld 
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