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The ‘travel sharing’ economy is more commercial than one might think

Niche apps offering hosted homestays are growing in number as established accommodation websites like Airbnb expand into offering rooms at boutique and independent hotels. Travel more, travel better, pay less. [...] read more...

Backpackers building solar farms, Senate inquiry told

Solar farms in Queensland are being built by backpackers rather than qualified electricians, an inquiry has heard. Despite the shift to renewables being hailed as a jobs winner, particularly for [...] read more...

The nationality imbalance in Australian hostels

Often, in Australian hostels there’s a joke that there must be very few young people left in Germany because they’re all in Australia. Turns out, there might be some truth [...] read more...

Q&A with Alex de Waal from CEO of Greyhound

1. How has your transition been coming from TTNQ to CEO of Greyhound? I loved working at the coal face of one of Australia’s leading regional communities. The Cairns community [...] read more...

Local muralist Mulga the Artist & The Bold Collective behind Sydney Central YHA facelift

Sydney Central YHA has marked its 21st anniversary with a major redesign of the communal spaces, including a vibrant new feature wall and a bright street art masterpiece by renowned [...] read more...

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary closes; speculation mounts over future of the site

What next for this prime tourism site? Opening as an aquarium – it was then only the seventh of its kind in the world. Variously named Marineland, Oceanworld, Underwater World [...] read more...

Tourism ad that aired during Super Bowl was ‘value for money’, Minister Ciobo

A multi-million-dollar tourism advertisement featuring Chris Hemsworth and an alternative Crocodile Dundee was being touted by the Federal Government as a huge success, only hours after it aired in the [...] read more...

Cover your assets. Part two: Insurance pitfalls, they’re easier to avoid than escape

Everybody makes mistakes. No one is perfect. However, today we’re covering a few common insurance pitfalls and mistakes that can be fatal to a backpacker or youth tourism business. We [...] read more...

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