STA Travel to Offer Flights to Australia for GBP10

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    LONDON, ENGLAND, July 10, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — STA Travel in association with Tourism Australia and Qantas today announced the return of the GBP10 Pom – almost four decades after the last post war GBP10 Pom set sail for Australia under the government’s assisted passage scheme.

The ten-pound tickets, released in celebration of STA Travel’s 30th birthday, will be available at selected branches on 5th August and provide anyone with a valid Working Holiday Visa[1] the chance to get to Australia for just a tenner – less than the price of rail ticket from London to Brighton.

The new generation of GBP10 Poms will be able to fly into one of five Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide and unlike the original GBP10 Poms of the 1950’s and 60’s who had to remain in Australia for at least two years, the STA Travel GBP10 Poms can return any time they like.

This year has seen a 21% rise in the number of Australian Working Holiday Visas granted*. With the lowest graduate recruitment levels since the 1980’s, it is the ideal time to take a year out in Australia. In fact, STA Travel research** shows that almost one in four (24%) of 18-34 years olds plan to travel in the next 18 months to get away from the stresses of Britain.

John Constable, Group Managing Director, STA Travel, says: “In the current climate, everyone is looking for great value and it doesn’t come much better than Oz for just a tenner! We’re launching this incredible fare to celebrate our 30th birthday and give customers the chance to live and work in Australia for less than the price of a guide book.

As the UK’s leading Gap Year specialist[2] we pride ourselves on offering customers the ultimate travel experiences at affordable prices. The GBP10 Pom is an opportunity for Brits to experience all that Australia has to offer from working at a vineyard in Margaret River to learning to surf on Bondi Beach. There’s never been a better time to escape the UK and head down under.”

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