HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
New grads in search of a
dream career, how would you like to get paid to "test drive" Oahu's
top resorts? One UH graduate has been doing just that for 15 years.
That's why CNBC.COM says she has the best job in the
country, and she happens to agree. Noelani Schilling-Wheeler told us,
"I've got the coolest job I think around. I get to talk story about a
place I love and I'm passionate about."
CNBC calls her a "Vacation Tester."
She's actually the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for the Oahu Visitors
Bureau. She is really paid to experience paradise. We caught Schilling-Wheeler
doing 'research' at the Aulani.
"I really truly enjoy what I do. I love
destination marketing" says Schilling-Wheeler. "Aulani brought the
opportunity to do more marketing toward the family market and romance market
because there are a lot of people who want to get married here."
It sure beats being stuck in a cubicle and, how hard
could marketing paradise be? In her words, "The reality of it is there so
many other wonderful places around the world so we have to be
Aulani Director of Public Affairs Todd Apo jokes,
"From a visitor standpoint, it looks like a cool and easy job, but we have
to make sure it's producing the results we need for Hawaii."
Keeping up on what's happening at Oahu's hot
destinations is all in a day's work. We know what you're thinking, where can we
"Contact the HVCB HR department" laughs
Although we have a nominee for second coolest job,
Public Affairs Director for the Aulani.
Apo says, "I can't complain. Working with
Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their friends has been fantastic."
Schilling-Wheeler topped CNBC's list of coolest jobs
for 2013, beating the likes of Bacon Entrepreneur, Barbecue Editor, and
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