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Meet the Youth Tourism  NSW Committee

Sammy Pearse-Marmont



Andrew Cowan

Wake Up! Backpackers

Vice President 

Sam Badans

Hon. Secretary

Campbell Shepherd



Andy Collins

OTA Insight

Committee Member

Currently at OTA Insight Andy has held a variety of key account management roles focusing on markets across the APAC Region in both Sydney and Singapore. Coming from a hotel background prior to crossing into the OTA space, Andy spent over ten years in a variety of roles in properties across France, Spain, and New Zealand before relocating to Australia.

Adam Vandermeer

Committee member

Adam joined the youth tourism industry in 2013 and has worked with international brands Mojosurf, Stray and Lassoo across a network of global partners. He is a multi-skilled tourism professional with experience across all business units of sales, operations, marketing and finance.  He is passionate about digital transformation, customer experience and adopting new technologies.

Karen Larsen
Originally from NZ, I made the jump across the ditch in late 2016 and have not looked back. I came from a hotel background working for Accor. I then transitioned to E-commerce where I worked for before joining my current employer, in Jan 2019 as a Key Account Manager for APAC. is a global accommodation website for students looking to move to Australian cities and I manage our accommodation providers who home our students. I am passionate about supporting our youth as they are the future of tomorrow and the industry which thrives from that.

Adam Ogle

Welcome to Travel
I was Previously Operations Manager at Large Adventure Travel Agency. Founded Welcome to Travel. Director at Welcome to Travel and is currently Number 1 Tour in Melbourne on TripAdvisor. I also helped Co-Found ATV, YTNSW Victorian equivalent, held the role of VP for 2 years. I was heavily involved in writing submissions and represented ATV in parliament for the Government Enquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program.

Gemma Linton

Sydney Harbour YHA

Currently at Sydney Harbour YHA as the Deputy Manager for the last 6 years and prior to that with Topdeck Europe working ‘on the road’ for 3 years, I am very close to clocking up my first decade in the youth tourism industry.

My hope and drive is that we can see the youth tourism industry get back to the place of connectedness and camaraderie that we had in 2019 and then utilise that unity to make NSW the destination of choice for youth travellers worldwide!

Jack Zhuo

I am a mechanical engineer but really wanted to get involved with the Tourism and Hospitality sectors! I joined the Hostelworld team nearly 3 years ago now and work alongside many of our accommodation providers here in Oceania to help support and do my utmost to provide them the best OTA experience possible.

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