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Backpackers and Bowen residents shelter together from Cyclone Debbie

A group of European backpackers, from England, Germany, France and Finland, who came to Bowen to do farm work were among those taking shelter at the town’s high school as Cyclone [...] read more...

STAT BYTE: First & second year WHM visa numbers for the six months ending December 31

So the key outcome is that the 417 visa is down 3,000 and but this is including the period when the controversy over the so called backpacker tax was at [...] read more...

LIVE BYTE: We’re here at the Website Travel Training Summit, Sydney 2017

LIVE from TAFE Ultimo The Byte is reporting at the Website Travel Training Summit. Now in its 7th event phase. Website Travel is hosting this B2B business exchange for 25 tourism [...] read more...

Jailed tourism business owner fined over makeshift Sydney accommodation

A Japanese born businessman created a shanty town of tourist accommodation for travelers and foreign students in an old bus park in an industrial area of Sydney. In 2014 a [...] read more...

TECH BYTE: A world without wi-fi looks possible as unlimited (mobile) plans rise

The wi-fi icon – a dot with radio waves radiating outward – glows on nearly every internet-connected device, from the iPhone to thermostats to TVs. But (in the U.S. at [...] read more...

Backpacker has second year visa rejected because she was paid like a slave!

Earning slave wages is one thing, but to endure three months of it only to have your Second Working Holiday Maker Visa (subclass 417) rejected because of it is another. [...] read more...

International Visitor Survey – Backpacker/WHV specific data analysis

International visitors to Australia spent a record $39.1 billion in  the year ending December 2016 – 7% or $2.5 billion more than the previous year. The number of visitors aged [...] read more...

AGENT ALERT: You’re invited to Backpack the Outback – an NT roadshow; CNS, MEL, SYD, BYR

Tourism NT’s successful ‘Backpack the Outback Roadshow’ is back in 2017 and this year they’re heading to Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay! Come along and discover what’s hot in [...] read more...

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