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Three-Week Countdown to NSW’s Chief Funster Arrival

November 28, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Winner of the NSW Best Job in the World, Andrew Smith will arrive in Sydney on December 18, 2013, from Orange County, California, USA, to begin his six-month role with Destination NSW as the Chief Funster.

As an ambassador for youth travel to NSW, Andrew will spend his time exploring NSW, attending major events, media launches and festivals, and experiencing visitor activities and attractions in some of NSW’s most beautiful locations.

The Chief Funster will then share commentary, updates and tips for getting the most out of a trip to the State with young travellers from around the world via Destination NSW’s blog and social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Highlights of his schedule include experiencing New Year’s Eve in style on Sydney Harbour, partying at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and joining 18,000-plus Elvis fans at NSW TrainLink Parkes Elvis Festival.

During his first few weeks, Andrew will also honeymoon with his wife in NSW’s lush and naturally beautiful Byron Bay.

Andrew won the opportunity to be NSW’s Chief Funster as part of Tourism Australia’s Best Jobs in the World competition launched in March 2013 to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Makers (WHM) program.

Applicants chose from six jobs from states across Australia, with the Chief Funster role receiving 124,000 applications, the highest number of any state.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase said Andrew was a fantastic choice for showcasing the best Sydney and NSW has to offer youth visitors.

“Andrew was selected as Chief Funster having displayed an outstanding ability to communicate and engage with the general public, other visitors and industry partners, both in person and through social media networks,” Ms Chipchase said.

“We are very much looking forward to Andrew joining our team in December to officially begin his one-of-a-kind journey of uncovering and sharing the amazing sights and attractions for an ideal working holiday experience in Sydney and NSW.

“Other youth travellers from around the world will want to follow in his footsteps once they see how much fun there is to be had in destinations across the State.”

In the year ended June 2013, NSW received 207,300 WHM visitors or 68.1% of total WHM visitors to Australia, the most of any State. WHM travellers contributed 7.0% of total visitors and 22.0% of nights in NSW during the 12-month period.

For more information on the many events, attractions, experiences and activities on offer in Sydney and NSW, go to and

Visitors can also download Destination NSW’s new digital magazine, Love Every Second – a colourful, comprehensive guide and booking tool, available free globally from the Apple Newsstand via the iTunes store and

Follow the Chief Funster’s adventures:


Facebook: seesydney

Twitter: @sydney_sider

Instagram: #Sydney, @seesydney

Join the conversation: #ilovesydney #chieffunster


Facebook: visitnsw

Twitter: @nswtips

Instagram: @visitnsw

Join the conversation #newsouthwales #chieffunster

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