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Session preview: An update on Australia’s Working Holiday Visa and taxation

24 February 2016
24 Feb 2016 -

When the backpack is not the only weight: An update on Australia’s Working Holiday Visa and taxation
Friday 8 April
14:15 – 15:00

Working Holiday Visa applications and grants fell in 2015; Working Holiday Maker rights for tax purposes are under threat. This means less long-term visitors to Australia and less WHV dollars travelling through the ‘backpacker economy’.

At the same time tourism numbers are up, the Australian dollar is better value, fuel prices are down and airfares are competitive. What does this all mean for your business? We will hear from key national and state representatives who will elaborate on these and other ‘hot topics’ that currently challenge the Australian inbound youth tourism industry.

Meet the speakers:

Chris Harrison  - photo

Chris Harrison

Chris is the Editor of The Byte (youth tourism trade media) and also Managing Editor of THE WORD Australia (youth tourism consumer media). He spends most of his time marketing, editing, selling and writing for THE WORD Australia and The Byte.



Rob Henke - photo

Robert Henke
YHA Ltd. and BOA NSW representative

Robert serves on the Executive Committee of Backpacker Operators Association NSW (BOA) in a voluntary capacity. BOA is the industry association for professionals and businesses in the backpacker sector of the tourism industry.





Brendan McKenna

Brendan has spent the last 25 years in the hotel, tourism and hospitality sector predominantly in Australia, with the last 11 years in the youth and adventure sector.

Brendan developed a passion for the industry while studying accountancy at University. Through opportunities with multinational hotels companies he has managed to work in almost every level and division of accommodation and tourism operations.