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

Export development grant increased

Good news from the budget for small business owners in the tourism market.  The Federal Government has increased the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) by $50m over four years. Businesses […]

Jen Woodbridge resigns from ATEC

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that one of our sectors best loved and hardest working people is ‘moving on’. Jennifer Woodbridge, Manager – Industry Education & Sector Development […]

Guest post: Tribal trouble

Dear Editor, I don’t have all the answers but I do know people are suffering and that our industry is being damaged when a travel agent can shut down one […]

The changing face of backpackers

AUSTRALIA’S youth travel industry will have to do more to cater to tech savvy young people, attendees at the recent National YHA Managers Conference in Adelaide heard. YHA SA director […]

Loka Launch

A NEW travel company offering authentic, local adventures and flexible transport options is set to launch in Australia later this year. Kiwi Experience and Oz Experience founder Neil Geddes and […]