Summer time vibes and festivals in Sydney


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Summer in Sydney is simply fantastic with an array of sporting, cultural and fun events happening around the city. Here’s a list of 10 things you might want to get to this summer. Don’t forget we have an array of hostels for you to choose from during your time in Sydney that are located in hip and happening places like Bondi, Kings Cross and Manly. We also have plenty of fun products and tours as well from learning to surf and surfaris to cruising through the Sydney Harbour or taking a scenic flight over the Blue Mountains.

Tropfest. 8 December.
The countdown is on to the world’s largest short film festival that hits the Centennial Parklands on December 8 this year. Come and join the fun with 150,000 other people. This event is free but you’ll need to arrive early to get a good spot.

Carols in the Domain. 21 December.
Those that feel a little Christmassy will want to get to the Domain for Australia’s largest free carol concert. The concert starts at 8.30pm but the action begins at midday. Continue reading

Latest newsletter now online: Christmas destinations

It’s Christmas and that means holidays! With that in mind we designed our latest newsletter featuring some of the very best destinations you could consider for your holidays this year, utilising all the best of the savings with VIP Backpackers on hostels, tours and other products. Here are some highlights from the newsletter to wet your appetite featuring some of the destinations, hostels, events and products you could use this Christmas:


Pic: aucklandnz.comAuckland made the Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities list this year and for good reason. It’s funky, it’s fun, there’s good food, the climate is brilliant and there’s plenty to do. While it’s a great place to visit any time of the year, Christmas brings fabulous weather to the capital. Of course you can take in all the major sights such as the harbours, the off shore islands, Mt Victoria, North Head, Sky Tower, the museums, galleries or even travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, but there are also plenty of Christmas events such as Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain (14 December), the Christmas Parade (24 November), the Queen Street Christmas Lights, live performances in Aotea Square (7-21 December) and markets (14-16 December), Silo Park’s Night Market (Fridays in December) followed by the outdoor cinema, and the Christmas Tree in Victoria Park. Continue reading

VIP Backpackers to attend Australian Tourism Exchange 2014 CAIRNS

We are pleased to announce that you’ll find us at the ATE (Australian Tourism Exchange 2014 CAIRNS) next year from 11 to 16 May 2014. The ATE is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event and we’ve already registered! Over several days with some 200+ appointments we will be showcasing VIP to major international tourism suppliers from all over the world. The focus will be on getting these wholesalers to supply VIP memberships to backpackers, students, working holiday, Gap year students, FITs etc before they arrive in Australia. Why don’t you come and check us out there? Put the dates in your diary.

We will also be attending WYSTC (World Youth Student Travel Conference) again next year in Dublin, Ireland. We went to the 2013 event in Sydney last month and had a great success. WYSTC is the largest group of youth, student, and educational travel and tourism people from all over the world. It’s a huge global event and an excellent opportunity to pursue partnerships, meet with specialist organisations and showcase VIP to them. We are pleased to announce negotiations have commenced as a result of WYSTC with more announcements to come.


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VIP Backpackers welcomes a new general manager

Oliver Voss.

Pic: New VIP Backpackers general manager, Oliver Voss.

VIP Backpackers is pleased to announce two exciting new appointments to our staff. The first is a new General Manager, Mr. Oliver Voss, who is no stranger to the tourism industry and has many years experience in all aspects of tourism. This new appointment comes at a crucial time as the VIP brand launches its new exciting website.

Oliver started work in the tourism industry in 1994 as a tour guide in Kakadu National Park and an MC at the famous Vic Hotel in Darwin. He also worked as a tour guide for Adventure Tours Australia in Alice Springs and a travel agent in Cairns and Melbourne, before managing and building the Best of Australia travel centres brand which operates in Federation Square Melbourne, the Perth Visitor Centre and Sydney.

Oliver has a proven track record which he attributes to his passion and dedication to the tourism industry. “I have seen the VIP product work extremely well throughout Australia in the past,” Oliver explains, “and its success is dependent on its member’s commitment to drive VIP card sales and support fellow VIP hostels with onward bookings. I hope that all existing members will continue to support the VIP network and look forward to working with you all.

Oliver will be in touch personally with VIP members to discuss the upcoming year and membership renewals will be sent out shortly.

Also joining the team is Robbie Ford (Sales and Marketing)who you will see from time to time doing sales calls and offering promotional material to help drive business.  Many of you will already know Robbie who has had over 25 years experience in the Youth and Adventure market. Robbie has spent many years forging strong relationships with key Tourism suppliers both Domestically and Internationally. His vast knowledge and experience in the industry will help to take VIP to the next level…


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It’s time for the movies: open air cinemas around Australia

Every summer Australia’s cities come alive with open air cinemas that utilise the balmy night temperatures at feature locations around the country. If you fancy seeing your favourite movie at a key location overlooking the Brisbane river, Sydney harbour or Melbourne’s St Kilda beach, this kind of cinema might just be your thing.



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