BYTAP banging the drum for the backpacker industryDecember 20th, 2018 | | backpacker
The Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) got together recently to strategise about how to best support efforts to increase backpacker visitation to Australia.
BYTAP is an industry body that represents the interests of youth-focused tourism products, and provides a voice for the sector in government policy debate. In short, BYTAP lets our politicians know how valuable the backpacker sector is to the Australian economy, particularly to regional areas, as well as highlighting the benefits of reciprocal cultural exchanges such as the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) scheme. The panel advocates for growth in the sector, through initiatives such as increasing caps on the number of WHMs who can come to Australia from certain countries.
Topics covered at the last meeting (held on the Gold Coast, just before the Youth Tourism Conference) included:
- National and state tourism developments
- Government policies and regulation (WHM visa reforms; short term holiday letting restrictions; labour hire registration schemes)
- Backpacker safety / reputation management
- Market research.
With a Federal election looming in 2019, it is more important than ever that all political parties are briefed on the benefits that backpackers bring to Australia, so the BYTAP’ers will be advocating on this in full force over the coming months.
Thanks go to the volunteers on the panel – feel free to provide feedback to them on the hot issues of the day that you think need tackling! They are:
- Brendan McKenna, Jucy
- Mark Baldwin, Fuda Enterprise
- Joanna Burnet, Visit Oz
- Wendi Aylward, AIFS
- Kerry Tate, Get Lost Travel
- Julian Ledger, YHA Australia
- Silke Kerwick, YHA Australia – Secretariat
Written by: Silke Kerwick