Well not really dating, but over 20 tourism professionals who are members of the Young Tourism Export Council spoke one on one with our Wellington students.They spoke about their THEIR story in tourism, giving tips and ideas for our students before they enter out into the booming tourism industry.Check out the feedback from Lesley Immick – Tourism Export Council CEO…

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Are they genuinely interested in finding a future partner, meeting people and networking? They think we spend our day covered in [manure] and looking at cows bums.""The contest has opened doors in many ways.

"Waikato dairy farmer, Jeff Peek, took home the title last year after friends hassled him to enter the competition."All I had to do was look good and talk s***," he said. I met people from all walks of life and all places.

"I was good at the second part." For Peek, the win has helped him score a new job and find a girlfriend who he has been with for eight months. She is also a farmer and, according to him, was following his progress throughout the whole competition last year. When I went to the interview [for the new job] they recognised me from Fieldays.

While TV viewers are fixated on The Bachelor NZ reality television show, Fieldays has received a record number of entries for its Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

The hopefuls have applied from all over New Zealand and a couple from Australia, hoping to take home the title, the golden Gumboot trophy and $20,000 dollars worth of prizes.

The contest started in 2003 as a way to give farmers the opportunity to meet potential partners.

Head of events at Mystery Creek, Lee Picken, said agricultural workers tend to work long and hard hours and don't often get spare time to meet new people."What we are trying to do is say these guys are out there, they're doing really well, and moving forward they're going to be the leaders in the agricultural industry," she said."I think before it started there was a fair amount of [agri-business] talent out there but no body really took any notice."The men go through quite a process before they get to compete in the contest with stages of applications and interviews helping Picken and her team to cut them down to eight strong competitors.

It's a good ice-breaker."Although Peek took home the golden Gumboot and over ,000 worth of prizes, he said he really just wanted a break from work and the competition looked like a fun way to spend some time off."I grew up on a farm and it just sounded entertaining.

I would do the royal wave on the four-wheelers, I don't mind other people laughing at my expense."For this year's competitors he has a few words of advice."It goes really fast.