BACKPACKER and YOUTH TOURISM ADVISORY PANEL
The Backpacker Youth
Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) is appointed for a two-year term and
provides valuable insight into sector-specific issues, represents the
interests of youth focused products and facilitates an active policy
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.
- Act as the critical link between the backpacker industry, the states
and territories and the ATEC National Board and government in the
interpretation of segment-specific issues
- Represent the interests of the backpacker segment to the ATEC
National Board, industry organisations, government and the community
- Facilitate an active and effective policy forum where key industry stakeholders present issues for development and action
- Raise the profile of the backpacker tourism sector
- Lead the way in the on-going development of growth strategies to
maximise the contribution of the backpacker market to Australia.
There are a number of Backpacker Operator Associations (BOA’s) around
Australia that have been established to represent and address issues
and interests of local operators and to nurture a collective approach to
attracting international and domestic travellers to their respective
ATEC’s Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel works closely with
each of the BOA’s to ensure challenges of national interest are
addressed in a cohesive manner and to collectively grow the
international inbound backpacker sector to Australia. Read more about BYTAP's advocacy efforts here .
BYTAP strongly recommends you to join your local BOA which will
connect members to regional and state issues, activities and
opportunities. You should also stay informed: the BYTE is the sector's must-read e-news that covers all issues facing the backpacker and youth sectors. Make sure you subscribe to The BYTE here.
Tourism Australia has a number of marketing initiatives specifically
targeting the youth segment and working holiday visa makers. Click here to visit the Tourism Australia website.
State and Territory Tourism Organisations (STO's) can also provide
information on how to get involved in international marketing
BYTAP consists of eight members: two accommodation operators, two transport / tour operators, two distributors, one BOA/state backpacker organisation representative and one media/communications representative. The Panel may also second representatives from time to time, given various needs and/or expertise.
Mr Julian Ledger
, CEO YHA Australia
Mr Brendan McKenna
, General Manager, Base Backpackers
Tour / Transport Representatives
Mr Kerry Tate
, Sales Manager UK/Europe Topdeck
Mr Craig "Hassie" Haslam
, Managing Director Nullarbor Traveller
Ms Wendi Aylward
, CEO American Institute for Foreign Study
Ms Joanna Burnet
, CEO VisitOz
BOA/State Backpacker Organisation Representative
Ms Anna Taylor, National Manager Membership & Policy, ATEC