Cancun, Q.R. — A young American man has been chosen to fill the highly sought-after position of a dream job in Cancun. In November 2017, the Cancun Convention Center advertised an open position for someone to live in Cancun and promote the area, the city and all its attractions.
Dubbed by many as a dream job, the winner would live “in paradise” with all expenses paid and a salary of $10,000 USD per month for six months.
With more than 8,000 applicants from 120 countries around the globe, the Cancun Convention Center has announced the winner as Ivan Nanney, a 29-year-old from Biose, Idaho.
His new job, which officially begins March 1 with the title of Cancun Experience Officer (CEO), will have him living in the city of Cancun while promoting the natural beauties of the Mexican Caribbean through social networks. Over the course of six months, the young American will visit all the tourist attractions including theme parks and archaeological sites, among others.
Ten contest finalists from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina and Spain were on hand when Cancun Convention Center director, Lizzie Cole announced the winner.
“Cancun has a very good image, but many still do not know it and think it’s only for spring breakers and parties. We want to show the rest of Cancun, its nature, culture, restaurants.
“We want to show the diversity that the destination offers, “said Chad Meyerson, Director of Cancun.com.
David Rebolledo, Director of Best Day.com said that the responsibility of the CEO will be to promote everything in the destination, its Mayan culture, tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants for both American tourism and visitors from other parts of the world.
“The participation of 120 countries in the contest came from places such as Spanish-speaking and Russia, Croatia, Europe and Australia. This shows us that we have people from all over the world with interest in the destination and that this is the diversity we want to reflect about Cancun without losing its history or its identity,” he said.
Mr. Nanney, who is also known as Ivan El Intrepido, pointed out that this is the first time he has visited Cancún, but many years ago he toured some destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula including Progreso and Cozumel, and said that trip aroused a great interest to return to this area of Mexico.
In regard to his participation in the contest, Nanney said that “Some friends told me and I thought it was very funny.”
“It is an honor to be here and work very hard these months to be a worthy representative of Cancun. Mexico is a beautiful and preferred destination for Americans, I want to be an ambassador of destiny and of Mexico to inspire more people to visit it,” he added.
Chad Meyerson, Director of Cancun.com, thanked the OVC for participation in the winner selection process and acknowledged the support of the state government, as well as different sponsors that support the project such as Dreams, Riviera, Grand Oasis, Xcaret, Hyatt Zilara and Dolphin Discovery, among others that will be added to the number of attractions and experiences for the new CEO of Cancun.
Nanney distinguished himself in the United States for promoting the Idaho Potato Commission and for being a renowned travel influencer with the creation of his Change.Through.Travel page. Nanney is also very active on social media with a large presence on platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
Mr. Nanney was chosen by the board from the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Travel Pass Group and Best Day Travel Group. He will live in Cancun from March to August of 2018.