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

Wake Up! top the Aussies in HOSCARs Awards

Wake Up! Sydney and Wake Up! Byron Bay have earned top honours at the 2019 hostelword.com HOSCARs Awards. Sydney placed seventh in the Extra-Large Hostel category and Byron Bay finished tenth in […]

Kakadu tourism on the rise

New data shows visitation to Kakadu National Park has reached its highest point in a decade, despite grim outlooks for the Northern Territory‘s tourism sector elsewhere. Meryl Triggs from the […]

Tasmania’s tourism boom driven by inbound Chinese

A boom in outdoor activities and farm-gate visits is fuelling overseas tourism in Tasmania, with the island state experiencing the biggest growth in visitor numbers of any state and territory, […]

Tourism Brochure a hit in rural Victoria

A group of young rural Australians aim to get people back to the bush with a family-friendly tourism brochure. Caroline Lee, Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillor said, “Our aim is to […]

Labor’s rotten deal for farmers and Working Holiday Makers

Australian farmers and our tourism industry will suffer at the hands of a Shorten Labor government who plan to back an ACTU bid to put new restrictions on working holiday […]

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