On 11th June, BYTAP delivered a letter to Mr Martin Ferguson AM, Chair of Reimagining the Visitor Economy Expert Panel.

It begins with…

 

Dear Mr Ferguson,

We write to you on behalf of the Backpacker and Youth Tourism Advisory Panel “BYTAP”. BYTAP was established under ATEC in 2001 as the peak national representative body for the Australian inbound backpacker and youth adventure tourism industry. Our sector is a broad one representing the interests of youth and adventure tourism across the country including Victoria. We work closely with state based peak bodies including Adventure Tourism Victoria (ATV). More information about BYTAP can be found in the appendix of this submission.

By way of context, the value of the youth tourism sector to Australia is significant in terms of spend, length of stay, and dispersal. The Working Holiday Maker (WHM) reciprocal cultural exchange scheme that Australia has with 44 countries usually brings around 200,000 young visitors here each year and generates $3.2bn.1 The average WHM spends 149 nights in Australia, including travel to many regional areas, frequently funding their extended travels by filling temporary labour supply shortages in sectors such as agriculture and tourism.

 

To continue reading the letter please click here.

 

To read the full Austrade article on ‘Re-imagining the Vistor Economy’, click here.