It’s a traveller’s dream job – getting paid to fly around the world for six months.
Swiss, the country’s national airline, is looking for an 'explorer' to blog, report, film, document and tweet from all four corners of the globe.
The offer has echoes of a job advertised by Tourism Queensland in 2009 – a caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. It offered a large salary and free lodging in a multi-million dollar villa.
It was later hailed as a public relations success – it attracted more than 34,000 video applications and was worth a reported 118.5 million euros in press coverage for tourism in Queensland.
Swiss said in a statement: “We are convinced this is a dream job and that’s why we want a lot of people getting to know about it. Of course there is a PR component but we have clear expectations to the person and the job. It’s not only travelling but also testing products, services and destinations and reporting on all the experiences on various channels.”
It added its travel job will see the successful candidate spending six months, from autumn 2014, travelling around the world. They will be required to provide tips on the most trendy locations and the tourist ‘must-sees’.
Prospective candidates are asked to send applications, including a video report, by May 28. Applicants will be encouraged to share their vidoes on Facebook – the three with the most votes will receive a wildcard to the next round of the contest. After interviews and tasks, a final public vote will be held to decide who gets the job.