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NZ’s music act visa change a boon for tourism

New visa regulations will help attract more high-end music acts to New Zealand, offering great spin-offs for the tourism industry, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA). From [...] read more...

Home among the Gumtree[s]

As reported by the ABC’s 7.30 Report earlier this month, many backpackers, working holiday makers and students use the free advertising service Gumtree to assist with finding work and accommodation [...] read more...

Crowd-funded Pittwater YHA solar project unveiled

Pittwater YHA, a unique eco-hostel an hour north of Sydney, has just installed a solar hot water system with assistance from YHA’s crowd-funded ‘Sustainable Hostels Fund’.   The solar hot [...] read more...

Railway Square YHA reaches double digits

One of Sydney’s most popular youth hostels, Railway Square YHA, has just celebrated its 10th birthday. Located at Central Station, with some accommodation even in quirky railway carriages, right on the [...] read more...

Guest Post: www.oztravelbugs.com

 Leigh Andrew, who has managed Adventure Travel Bugs for nearly 4 years, has today,  reached out to industry, warning clients and colleagues    about www.oztravelbugs.com resurfacing online.   “I came on board with [...] read more...

Crowded house: Country calls for coordinated response

  It’s not just the city centres that are grappling with the issue of illegal and overcrowded backpacker housing, with a report this week that Victoria’s Swan Hill Council is [...] read more...

Wicked Campers: John Webb apologises

Brisbane-based car rental company, Wicked Campers, has issued a formal apology to the woman whose petition over an offensive van slogan sparked uproar, and has committed to change slogans of [...] read more...

Illegal accommodation: Fires fuel further debate

Following up from our story two weeks ago (The Byte, 2 July 2014), this week yet another hostel housing backpackers and international students in Sydney has gone up in flames. [...] read more...

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