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

Youth campaign webinar and stats

SAVE THE DATE Tourism Australia will host a free, 30 minute webinar on Monday 9 October at 4pm to update industry on its new youth-focused campaign which will launch internationally the […]

Lies, lies and stats, what the arrival numbers really say!

A few weeks ago The Byte published the latest International Visitor Survey report. When our guest writer Janet McGarry from YHA analysed these a little further, the stats don’t show such […]

STAT BYTE: What are the latest Backpacker statistics?

The latest International Visitor Survey (IVS) results have been released today and backpacker statistics are not as gloomy as the sector may have predicted. For the year ending June 2017, the […]

TECH BYTE: Millennials influenced as much by YouTube as web reviews for travel decisions

Young travellers find themselves motivated by video content and online reviews in equal measures when selecting products for a trip. Research by Phocuswright found that the influence on an 18 to […]

Great Barrier Reef operators – you can help

Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef (CoGBR) is a movement which aims to engage the world with the future of the Reef. CoGBR want to cause action both locally and […]

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