Best Jobs in the World

Best Jobs in the World

Best Jobs in the World

Are the Mondays blues getting you down? Imagine exploring a tropical island, hiking through ancient rainforests and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef... and getting paid for it. Too good to be true? Well, this dream became a reality for one lucky adventurer back in 2009 as part of the Best Job in the World Campaign.

Now it is your chance to make this fantasy come true. This year, the offer is back, but this time it comes multiplied by half a dozen.

Tourism Australia offers you the chance of a lifetime to work in one the six amazing jobs it is promoting -each with a six-month contract and a salary package worth AUD $100,000. Each job is located in an spectacular area of the country, showcasing the best of Australia and what the country has offer the world's youth travellers. An incredible job, an attractive salary and a dreamy location. What more can you ask for?

The jobs include Chief Funster (New South Wales) -put up some of the state's biggest and boldest parties, festivals and events; Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory) -uncover the best adventures and experiences for working holiday makers; Park Ranger (Queensland) -protect and promote Australia's natural wilderness; Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia) -educate visitors about Kangaroo Island's outstanding ecosystem; Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne) -capture this cultural city's lifestyle in pictures; and finally Taste Master Western Australia -become a connoisseur of Western Australia's produce, gastronomy and vineyards and then promote it.

In an exclusive interview for [newDomain] with Senior PR Executive, UK & Northern Europe at Tourism Australia, Emma Bunning, we found out more about this successful campaign that has sparked youths around the world to get their dream jobs.

How many people have applied so far?

So far we have had over 365,000 applicants, with 52,403 applications from the UK. There has never been an initiative quite like this in the past and so there is nothing to directly compare this to. Tourism Queensland ran Best Job in The World in 2009 and had around 34,000 applicants in total to give this some context. But Best Jobs in the world is slightly different in that we are offering 6 jobs this time.

What is the criteria used to determine who will win the competition in each category?

We are looking for five key elements from the videos: English language proficiency, personal presentation, technical proficiency as shown in the video (good sound and vision quality is vital), content and experience, creativity, originality and motivation. Proficiency in English is a must as the successful applicant will be working in Australia where English is the most commonly spoken language. Personal presentation is also important in such a high profile position. The technical proficiency demonstrated in the video application is an important element, as the job requires the successful applicant to produce blogs and video diaries.

Knowledge and experience of the job you are applying for as demonstrated by the content in the video submission is vital in assessing whether you are the right person for the job. Like any job you apply for, it's important to show you have researched the role and you explain how well you could carry out the responsibilities.

Demonstrating creativity, motivation and a genuine enthusiasm for this position is vital. We need candidates who can sustain worldwide interest for six months and have the energy to commit to a busy schedule during this time.

How is this initiative designed to benefit tourism in Australia?

‘Best Jobs in the World' is designed to promote Australia's Working Holiday Visa Maker Program to a global audience. Youth is an important target market for Australian tourism, currently representing 26% (1.6m) of all international visitors to Australia each year. Importantly young travellers tend to stay for longer, spend more and disperse more widely through the country than most other target segments, so they provide an excellent benefit to the economy, particularly in regional areas.

In addition, the fact that Tourism Australia, in conjunction with its State and Territory Tourism Office partners, is offering six jobs means that the campaign showcases a variety of experiences and locations that will appeal to the youth audience.

What are the implications of "Best Job in the World" for the economy?

In 2012 Working Holiday Makers contributed AUD$2.5billion to the Australian economy. On average Working Holiday Makers spend in excess of AUD$13,000 during their stay and contribute to regional economies and job creation – with every 1,000 WHM creating just over six full time equivalent jobs in the economy.

Expensive cities

Expensive cities

Sydney, one of the world's most expensive cities

As the Australian currency becomes stronger, the cost of living in the country keeps increasing. Consequently, nowadays Sydney -which was once a relatively affordable locality- keeps moving up the ranks of the world's most expensive cities.

According to a study carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Index, Sydney is the third most expensive city in the world. The survey -published in CNN Money- compares n U.S. dollars the average prices of of 160 everyday goods and services, including good, drink, rent, clothing, household supplies and transportation. More than 50,000 individual prices were gathered to create average prices for goods and services in 131 cities.

As the research's findings point out, in Sydney, a loaf of bread costs $5.03, a bottle of table wine is $25.38, a pack of brand-name cigarettes is $15.48 and high-end 3-course dinner for four with wine is $731.96. Indeed, it is not a cheap place for smokers.

The most expensive city to buy a loaf of bread is in Tokyo where it costs $9.06, while Paris -unsurprisingly- can be the most expensive place to have dinner (a bill can reach $2,100).

The American reputed magazine Time also places Sydney on the third place in The World's 10 Most Expensive Cities of 2013. Sydney alongside another Australian city -Melbourne- have seen some of the biggest rises in prices over the past year. The strong local currency -partially powered by the country's strong economic links to China's burgeoning economy- has recently pushed up the prices in a significant measure.

Sydney is also one of the most expensive cities for luxury Real Estate. Global billionaire activity in world real estate markets has been so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this sector, says Savills, a global real estate firm, in its annual World Cities Review report.

According to the study, Sydney is the 10th most expensive billionaire city where the average price per square foot is 580 pounds ($880) and the average property size is 19,400 sq. ft.

This trend might reflect Sydney's growing importance as an hub for business in the region. Billionaire activity has been concentrated on high-end urban centers rather than leisure properties in the surrounding countryside or regional sunbelts, says Yolande Barnes, head of world research at Savills. This reflects a global preference for urban locations as these billionaires need to be located in cities where they can do business.

Paul Simon to headline Bluesfest

Paul Simon to headline Bluesfest

Paul Simon to headline Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia's premier blues and roots music festival, celebrates its 24th anniversary with a supreme line up. Both international and Australian blues and roots performers will play their inspired tunes during five days over the Easter long weekend at Byron Bay, New South Wales.

The annual music festival -winner of 2010 Australian event of the year- is expected to attract more than 17,500 visitors this time. Attendees will have to opportunity to see and listen to more than 200 performances of the best blues, folk, soul and world artists on six different stages from 28 March to 1 April. Tickets range from $335 AU for a three-day pass and $455 for a five-day pass.

This is a very exciting year for Bluesfest as multi-award and 12 time Grammy winner Paul Simon will be performing at the event on Easter Monday. In 2003, the American musician was given a Grammy Lifetime Achivement award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Farfunkel. Adding Paul Simon to Bluesfest 2013 is pretty mind blowing, even for me, said Festival Director Peter Noble.

I knew the line-up was going to be massive, but it just keeps getting bigger. So many incredible artists are going to perform at Bluesfest, it really is every Festival Director's dream come true and I am so humbled, Noble added.

Alongside Paul Simon, Robert Plant -the legendary front man of band Led Zeppelin- will headline the band while presenting the Sensational Space Shifters.

Announcing Robert Plant a couple of weeks ago and now adding Paul Simon, it's like: Wow... we are really doing it this time and I actually think we are breaking all previous records. This is going to be the best Bluesfest of all time, Noble stated.

Indeed, this year's line up is incredibly exciting and the soil of Byron Bay will burst with talent. Needless to say, it is a luxury to gather Grammy Award winners on the same event, and the excitement continues... Latin Jazz Rockers Santana -who have won eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Awards- are also part of this magnificent line up. The particular sounds of Carlos Santana's guitar promises to arise intense sensations in the audience.

Bluesfest favourite Ben Jarper is coming back this year. Ex Supertramp singer/song writer Roger Hodgon will join the other artists, alongside reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, punk rock innovators Iggy & The Stooges, awe inspiring rock band Wilco, R&B star Mavis Stapies, Sixto Sugarman Rodriguez and so many more.

Taking the stage before Paul Simon will be the Canadian singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. The musician has been referred to by Elton John as the greatest songwriter on the planet and has been praised by the New York Times for his genuine originality.

Without a doubt, this will be a year to remember for Bluesfest.

Driving Miss Daisy into Oz

Driving Miss Daisy into Oz

Driving Miss Daisy into Oz

Driving Miss Daisy is a heart-warming and ingenious play that tells the story of Daisy Werthan (Lansbury), a widowed elderly Jewish woman in Atlanta whose son employs Hoke Colburn (Jones), an African American chauffeur, to drive her around. The play follows the evolution of their friendship over 25 years in the context of the civil rights movements.

The storyline explores their condition as outsiders in a WASP-dominated society for being Jewish -Miss Daisy- and African American -Colburn. Both characters come from different worlds in terms of social classes, but as the years roll on, their friendship blossoms, they move past prejudice and their own differences, and learn to rely on each other.

The play was the first in Uhry's Atlanta Trilogy, which deals with white Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century. The story inspired the beloved Oscar-winning film Driving Miss Daisy from 1989 with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.