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

Record number of youth & adventure sellers attend ATE in Perth

Tourism Australia’s premier annual business-to-business event for promoting Australia’s tourism experiences to the international travel trade drew to a close after celebrating its 40th year in Perth last week. Organised by Tourism Australia in partnership with host‐state partner, Tourism WA, […]

Yass queens: Aussie town’s quirky name breaks down barriers and drives tourism

The expression ‘Yass Queen’ conjures up images of pop star Lady Gaga, New York fashion, and divas. But now, the New South Wales farming town of Yass, which has just […]

DO NOT feed the kangaroos. You are killing them

Wildlife authorities warn tourists feeding native animals at one of Western Australia‘s most famous beaches are “killing them with kindness” in search of the perfect selfie.  Key points: The ABC […]

Disruption in the caravan parks industry could pose a real threat

Clayton McCudden has been in the caravan park industry for just three years, but he’s already considering leaving the sector. Key points: The number of caravan parks across Tasmania has […]

International Visitors Survey stats show backpacker sector struggling

Not pretty! Is the best way to describe the latest IVS stats from Tourism Australia. The backpacker sector was down 3.8% for visitors in the December 2018 quarter based on […]

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