Archive for the ‘opinion’ Category

Death by Instagram and overtourism, Bali, Thailand, Byron Bay

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Have you sweltered in long queues with hordes of other tourists or scrambled for a patch of sand at a busy will call back beach? Then you’ve had a taste [...] read more...

Hostelworld feel the heat

Posted on: August 31st, 2018 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Hostelworld Group is the latest European travel company to bemoan the continent’s long, hot summer and its impact on bookings. The company on Tuesday blamed the heat wave as well [...] read more...

Want a more profitable hostel? Look to direct bookings

Posted on: August 5th, 2018 by Byron Bunda 1 Comment

Ah, the good old days before the internet when being in the guidebooks was enough for any hostel. I’ve heard industry veterans wax nostalgically about juggling two phones (land lines) [...] read more...

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

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by Mike Barrow No Comments

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 [...] read more...

Is Backpacking a waste of time?

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by News Media No Comments

Is taking time off to travel a self-indulgent waste of time and money, or is it a valuable investment in personal development? Sam Huang, a professor of tourism at Perth’s [...] read more...