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

Millett Group do it again in Byron Bay with The Surf House

The Surf House carves out a new style of affordable accommodation in Byron Bay. Offering a savvy design led accommodation option in the best location in town. Boasting Byron Bay’s […]

Tourism sector lobbies Government to extend JobKeeper for another six months

The tourism industry is warning of hundreds of thousands of job losses and a complete collapse of the sector, if the Federal Government does not extend its coronavirus wage subsidy […]

Working holiday inquiry must make backpacker program more attractive

An inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program will ensure it is working effectively to support tourism, health care and agriculture during the COVID-19 economic recovery. The Joint Standing Committee […]

Migrant workers call for coronavirus support amid fears of ‘crisis situation’

They pay tax and help prop up the economy, but many of the 2 million international students and migrant workers in Australia are now without financial support, and facing a […]

COVID-19 pandemic leads to 50,000 fewer backpackers in Australia, prompting parliamentary inquiry

Backpackers will be the focus of a new federal parliamentary inquiry designed to help tourism, health and farm sectors recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Key points: The COVID-19 […]