Unpack your mouse ears. Orlando's $25k professional tourist slots have been filled

Orlando contest winnersThe unemployment rate has just eased by two jobs. America's tourism Mecca, Orlando, has just wrapped up its big "67 Days of Smiles" promotion, which I wrote about in June. Anxious to pump up some seriously flagging attendance, it offered a $25,000 paid position to an Amazing Race-style team of two who will explore the attractions of Central Florida while documenting their experiences online.

The lucky (and no longer jobless) winners are Kyle Post and Stacey Doornbos, two childhood friends from Holland, Michigan, who live in New York City. Doornbos works with children in Harlem, while Post (like The Amazing Race winner Nick Spangler), works as a Broadway musical actor. He, amusingly, was recently in that modern classic about deprivation and homelessness, Rent.

But until October, their meals, housing, rental car, and tickets will be paid for. They'll also get cell phones and cameras, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a blog, the better to repay their new bosses with lots of publicity. Their biggest challenge will be keeping their cookies down while they endure the than 618 rides in the area at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and many smaller attractions.

Post and Doornbos clock in to their first day at work on August 27. Orlando's CVB is polling people to see which job they should undertake first. Currently leading the board: "Wrestle alligators at Gatorland." As first-day job tasks go, that's a whole lot better than "order stapler."

I did notice that although the original job description promised a one-bedroom condo, this unmarried, mixed-gender pair is actually going to get a two-bedroom pad.

Orlando sifted through hundreds of entries from dozens of countries. Ben Southall, the Englishman who won Queensland, Australia's similar "dream job" promotion, reported for the beginning of his $100,000, six-month contract in July.
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