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NSW government proposes big shake-up of short term rental hosts

A NSW Senate options paper on short-term letting will be released as soon as this Friday and looks to ease restrictions on holiday leasing providers such as Airbnb. To make [...] read more...

Is your business eligible for an EMD Grant?

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 [...] read more...

More horror stories emerge as there are calls for reform on the agricultural industry

  The mother of murdered backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, has been inundated with horror stories from backpackers who have travelled to Australia and experienced the “dark side” of farm work. [...] read more...

AGENT ALERT: Tassie Specialist Training

Tourism Tasmania are looking for people who care about the kinds of holidays they plan for their clients, who have a thirst for knowledge and who feel that if you [...] read more...

Retiring whale watch operator attributes backpackers to the company’s success

They’ve had a whale of a time but for Brian and Jill Perry, it’s time to sail away into the distance as they say goodbye to their Hervey Bay Whale Watch [...] read more...

Sydney skydive tragedy; an operator’s version of events

With all accidents, especially with those in adventure activities, the mainstream media has a real tendency to look for quick answers. The Byte contacted Russell Brown from Sydney Skydivers for [...] read more...

LYTE BYTE: Mankini-clad backpacker going viral for baring it all at Australian landmarks

A French backpacker travelling across Australia has developed quite the following on social media, thanks to his very revealing swimsuit. In January 2017, Yann Pung arrived in Australia with a [...] read more...

Second year working holiday visas, rural work and the perils for backpackers

In light of the deaths of two young backpackers travelling in Australia last August, the mother of Mia Ayliffe, Rosie Ayliffe (pictured), has launched a website to warn and also [...] read more...

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