Author's Profile

Chris Harrison

Editor of The Byte and he writes many of the articles.

Chris spends most of his time marketing and writing for The Word and The Byte. Both are media and publishing brands in the youth & adventure tourism sector.

Chris joined The Word in 2008 after tenures working with tour operators, accommodation providers and destination marketing offices in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

This experience is complimented by two degrees in tourism. The first he completed as its valedictorian and the second as an international student.

Prior he backpacked Australia, the US, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He still stays in hostels, although its been a while since he slept in a 16-bed dorm. He has also group toured, FIT travelled, campervanned, hitch-hiked and cruised.

He now splits his spare time between his growing family, some home DIY and playing competition golf badly.

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Recent Articles

Australia voted “Best International Youth Destination” at the British Youth Travel Award...

This prestigious award was announced last night at a glamorous sold-out ceremony in the London’s West End.  This is the 10th anniversary of these prestigious awards and 2017 saw a […]

NEW PRODUCT: Backpacker’s hostel on Capricorn Coast

One September morning Alicia and Kris Thorpe dropped their eldest daughter off to dancing and by the afternoon were the new owners of Yeppoon’s future backpackers. Twelve months later and […]

Study shows one in three backpackers and international students are paid half the legal minimum wage...

November 22nd, 2017 Comment (1)

Written by Abbie O’Brien of SBS A new report has found one in three international students and backpackers in Australia are being paid about half the legal minimum wage. It […]

Accommodation & hospitality – Pending removal from 457 list

The Department of Employment (DoE) has released a Traffic Light Bulletin on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists to take effect 1 January 2018. Please note the Traffic […]

Queensland’s farmers are moving away from backpacker labour

As two of Far North Queensland’s big-ticket produce items (lychees and mangoes) come into season, the industry is experiencing a shift away from  backpackers towards Pacific Islanders. Growers now need […]

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