The Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) is back! And they have renewed energy and focus.
There have been a few movers and shakers since the last pow-wow, but the same representatives are committed to nationally representing the backpacker sector on the issues of the day, they are:
- Kerry Tate, Get Lost Travel
- Brendan McKenna, Jucy
- Mark Baldwin, Fuda Enterprise (Bounce)
- Joanna Burnet, Visit Oz
- Wendi Aylward, AIFS
- Julian Ledger, YHA Australia
- Silke Kerwick, YHA Australia – Secretariat
The most recent meeting was held on 14 June 2018 (in Sydney with dial-ins from around the country) and covered hot topics in the industry, including:
- Government regulation of labour hire. QLD, SA & VIC has new legislation.
This is all good news for the youth sector, as it will help hold rogue operators to account. Those who might try to exploit workers doing agricultural work, including vulnerable Working Holiday Makers, now need to ‘watch out’.
- Short term holiday letting. AirBnb, Stays, HomeAway etc.
The NSW Government has finally put in place controls for short-term holiday letting in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. This includes a maximum number of letting days of 180 in any one year, and also gives power to owners’ corporations to decide by 75% majority whether or not to allow short-term letting in their blocks, if no host is present. The legislation doesn’t help destinations battling with the negative fall-out from platforms such as Airbnb in other regional areas, but it’s a start.
The Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) provides valuable insight into sector-specific issues, represents the interests of youth focused products and facilitates an active policy debate forum. By raising the profile of the sector within the broader tourism industry, BYTAP leds the way in highlighting the signficant value this sector adds to the overall Australian visitor economy.
Everyone on the panel puts their personal and company interests aside and looks to the greater good of the youth tourism sector on a national level. They also generously donate their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity.
Stay tuned for more updates via The Byte.