Author's Profile

Mike Barrow
Mike arrived in Sydney in 1989 as a typical British backpacker with $17 and one phone number. He also decided Sydney was paradise living in a three bedroom unit with 17 other backpackers. He eventually managed to get a proper job in a small backpacking publishing company. After spending four years trying to get residency, Mike finally 'got in' and set up his own company, Travel Maps Australia in 1993. In 2000 the Company rebranded to THE WORD and in 2014 started The Byte. Mike lives in Sydney's northern beaches, keeps fit and healthy and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Recent Articles

CASH BYTE: EMDG, are you export ready?

Most operators in the Australian backpacker industry may be entitled to receive an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) from Austrade of up to $150,000 per annum. Grants are provided to […]

Company fined for ‘slave’ conditions & backpackers are ‘especially vulnerable’

A Colombian student was threatened with deportation, an Italian student was told to ‘kiss my ass’ after requesting unpaid wages, and another struggled to support her partner through cancer treatment. […]

ATE wrap up, gossip & industry nibbles from The Byte

ATE wrapped up last week with more than 2,500 delegates, including 800 travel wholesalers and retailers (buyers) from 548 companies and 555 Australian tourism businesses (sellers), meeting in 50,000 business […]

Aussie unemployed youth v 417 visa holders

More than 650,000 Australian young people aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed or underemployed in February 2017. The jobless rate, at 13.5% is more than double the adult rate […]

INTERVIEW & SCOOP: Wicked Travel and Indie Travel bite the dust

UPDATED (12:30 16 May 2017). Consumers need to know: “In 2014 the Australian travel industry became deregulated as the Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) was abolished, backed by industry and government. […]

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