CNBC says Oahu Woman has the "Coolest Job" in the Country

Published: Jun. 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM HST
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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 competitive."

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 apply?

"Contact the HVCB HR department" laughs Schilling-Wheeler.

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 Underwater Photographer.

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