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

Immigration swamped with bridging visas

International students, graduates and people on bridging visas are continuing to fuel Australia’s immigration boom. Key points: New figures show a 5 % increase in temporary visas over 2017-18. Almost […]

Backpacker numbers continue to decline

ABOUT 8000 would-be backpackers were knocked back from travelling and working in Australia last year, new figures show. And the overall number of working holiday-makers has continued to decline, with […]

Nominations now open for the Adventure Tourism Awards 2018

The inaugural Adventure Tourism Awards will be held on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, 14 November 2018. The Adventure Tourism Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of tourism businesses that service […]

Industry news and IVS stats, Tourism Australia and the World Cup

The quarterly International Visitor Survey was published on 19 July for the year ending 31 March 2018. Previous trends are continuing with overall tourism growing strongly (+8%) off the back […]

Youth research by Tourism Australia reveals

The research and strategy team at Tourism Australia recently carried out some qualitative research in Germany (Frankfurt and Berlin) and the United Kingdom (Manchester and London). This research was carried […]