Tourism Richmond is launching its largest initiative since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games by announcing a global audition for a once-in-a-lifetime employment opportunity that will appeal to a food-loving hyper-communicator and adventurer at heart. I know at least one local candidate worthy of the position, Follow Me Foodie.
Boasting over 400 Asian eateries within a population of 200,000 and renowned for having some of the best Chinese cuisine in the world, Richmond is a hidden gastronomic gem that’s a must-add to any West Coast visit.
“Richmond’s Foodie Blogger” is a one-year contract role with a salary of $50,000, apartment and living compensation (negotiable upon final selection) and a daily stipend for all restaurant meals. And to help burn off all those daily restaurant samplings, the job even includes a one-year membership to the Richmond Olympic Oval (home to a 23,000 square foot fitness centre). Open to anyone around the world eligible to work in Canada for 12 months, applications for this unique role are open March 1 to 31, 2012.
For a transparent and authentic experience for both the blogger and his/her followers, content will be determined by the selected candidate with minimal input from Tourism Richmond. Richmond’s Foodie Blogger will, nevertheless, be provided with all the resources and tools necessary to effectively navigate the city.
But this position won’t be a walk in the park – the selected applicant is required to visit at least one of Richmond’s 800+ restaurants per day, post online content daily, manage community engagement across various social media channels and must demonstrate a willingness to explore all that Richmond has to offer outside of its food scene.
“Our ideal Richmond Foodie Blogger will be a great communicator, social media savvy, and most importantly, be open-minded and willing to try new things,” says Tourism Richmond CEO Tracy Lakeman. “We know we have some of the best Asian cuisine on the globe and this is the ideal time to showcase it – all of it. Based on market research, we already know that visitors are attracted to Richmond for its authentic Asian influence as well as its affordability and accessibility to Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria – we are the gateway to British Columbia.”
Interested bloggers can apply online via Tourism Richmond’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RichmondBC) starting March 1.
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