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Tourism Australia Youth Sector ELITE scholarship

A fantastic opportunity beckons for a young emerging leader in the youth tourism industry! Tourism Australia, in conjunction with the Backpacker & Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) and the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), is providing a youth-sector focused development scholarship, designed to increase distribution engagement as well as developing the capability of a future leader in the sector.

Based around ATEC’s ELITE program, the successful candidate will receive:
•    1-year ATEC membership for the employer organisation (dependent on organisational suitability)
•    One place in the ELITE program for a young emerging leader within the organisation, including mentoring by Kristy Malapa, Industry Relations Manager and youth sector specialist at Tourism Australia
•    Participation in ATEC Meeting Place on the Gold Coast in October 2024 including participation fees, flights and accommodation.

Apply here by 24 May 2024, with the winner to be announced on 28 May. 


Gratitude goes to the 40 representatives of YTNSW members who got together for an awesome networking event at Taphouse in Sydney recently. It was a resounding success, and thanks also go to all the sponsors of the raffle prizes.

Stay tuned to for more upcoming events including an Open Meeting and networking function in Byron Bay at 6pm on Thursday 25 July.

Meanwhile, cheers go to our mates at Youth Tourism Victoria (YTV) for organising an awesome free event for the youth tourism sector during Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), to showcase the best of Melbourne hospitality – if you’re in town on 22 May and haven’t booked yet, it’s not too late – click here!

Member spotlight

Our membership base continues to expand, with nearly 60 member organisations now across NSW & the ACT. Latest to join is Beyond The Blacktop Adventure Tours, who invite travellers to explore the stunning landscapes of the Blue Mountains. Based in Katoomba, and led by experienced guides, their tours offer immersive experiences including, short walks, hiking and sightseeing. Welcome!

To get further information on anything to do with YTNSW, don’t hesitate to get in touch –

Thanks for your support and contribution to growing the youth tourism industry in New South Wales & the ACT. We would also like to give a special thanks to Allsopp Bunting Insurance for their ongoing support of YTNSW and the industry.

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