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Local muralist Mulga the Artist & The Bold Collective behind Sydney Central YHA facelift

Sydney Central YHA has marked its 21st anniversary with a major redesign of the communal spaces, including a vibrant new feature wall and a bright street art masterpiece by renowned [...] read more...

Cover your assets. Part two: Insurance pitfalls, they’re easier to avoid than escape

Everybody makes mistakes. No one is perfect. However, today we’re covering a few common insurance pitfalls and mistakes that can be fatal to a backpacker or youth tourism business. We [...] read more...

Long-term ‘working’ guests in hostels. It’s a love-hate relationship

You arrive at the room door, pairs of well-worn and crusty work boots inhibit your entry. The door is ajar, so you give it a nudge and an indeciperable and [...] read more...

NZ authorities ramp up efforts to stamp out ‘work for bed’ labour

New Zealand backpacker hostels now face big fines if they continue the long held tradition of casually offering travellers beds in exchange for labour (as reported in The Byte – [...] read more...

Cover your assets: a series on insurance

Part one: the basics People in the youth tourism industry are a fun-loving bunch, but if I took a poll as to which aspects of operating a backpacker-related business are [...] read more...

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