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

Have your say on „Beyond Tourism 2020”. Feedback form attached

If you have opinions on what the Federal Government’s tourism priorities should be over the next decade, now is your chance to voice them, in the „Beyond Tourism 2020” consultation […]

WA struggles with tourism numbers

More tourists are visiting Western Australia, but despite a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign, the tourism industry is still struggling to get them to stay longer and convince international visitors to spend […]

Backpacker industry responds to ACTU negativity on WHV

In response to the ACTU attempting to influence the Labour Party regarding the WHV, the backpacker industry has responded in a positive way. Backpacker Operators Association NSW (BOA) and Adventure […]

Serious threat to the WHV by the ACTU

Labor and the union movement has sparked a pre-election war with farmers over its plan to restrict access to working holiday maker visas. From The Daily Telegraph: The Australian Council […]

Australian Chamber of Commerce comes out swinging on behalf of the WHV

Australia’s peak body of tourism organisations, Australian Chamber-Tourism, is concerned by reports today that the Unions would be applying strong pressure on a possible Labor Government to wind back the […]

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