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Embracing electric revolution with trial of electric campervan

New Zealand’s journey to going fully electric has stepped up another gear with the latest divvy-up of government funding getting the attention of the tourism sector.  Jucy campers is currently [...] read more...

January 23rd, 2018 No Comments

Long-term ‘working’ guests in hostels. It’s a love-hate relationship

You arrive at the room door, pairs of well-worn and crusty work boots inhibit your entry. The door is ajar, so you give it a nudge and an indeciperable and [...] read more...

TECH BYTE: Facebook’s newsfeed change is the kick in the arse

Facebook’s newsfeed change is the kick in the arse brands need, whether they like it or not. The latest Facebook algorithm changes will finally put an end to the ‘crap [...] read more...

January 17th, 2018 Comment (4)

NZ authorities ramp up efforts to stamp out ‘work for bed’ labour

New Zealand backpacker hostels now face big fines if they continue the long held tradition of casually offering travellers beds in exchange for labour (as reported in The Byte – [...] read more...

Is unfair treatment of WHM beginning to bite?

Key Points for WHM visas to June 2017. In 2016-17: a total of 211,011 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas (subclass 417 and subclass 462) were granted, a 1.7 per cent [...] read more...

Backpacker Tax challenge no comfort for growers

News that foreign backpackers are launching a legal challenge to federal tax law will bring no comfort to the state’s growers.  The so-called backpacker tax under challenge came into force [...] read more...

January 9th, 2018 No Comments

Cover your assets: a series on insurance

Part one: the basics People in the youth tourism industry are a fun-loving bunch, but if I took a poll as to which aspects of operating a backpacker-related business are [...] read more...

NEW PRODUCT: Kymera Boards at Fitzroy Island Dive Centre

The Kymera is the most exciting of all the jet boards to ride! The Kymera Board is an Electric Jet Body Board. They are light weight and have a speed [...] read more...

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