STA Travel to Offer Flights to Australia for GBP10

Rodney Harrex, Tourism Australia, Regional General Manager UK/Europe, adds: “The original GBP10 Pom assisted passage scheme resulted in a British fascination with the faraway land of Oz that has endured ever since and today over 35,000 young Brits travel on the Working Holiday Programme every year to live the Aussie lifestyle for themselves. The visa offers them the opportunity to travel all over Australia for an extended period of time, giving them the freedom to supplement their travel funds with incidental work. STA Travel’s GBP10 Pom promotion will further raise awareness of the WHV Programme, at a time when increasing numbers of young Brits are looking to head Down Under for a real Australian adventure.”

Tickets will be available from 8am on the 5th August at selected STA Travel branches in Belfast, Glasgow, London Victoria, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Southampton.

Tickets are fully inclusive of all taxes and charges and available on a first come first served basis. Anyone wishing to apply for a GBP10 Pom should register at www.statravel.co.uk/10poundpom[3] to receive extra goodies on the day.

For more information please contact Deborah Hitchcock or Carly Gibb at the STA Travel Press Office on gsta@hillandknowlton.com[4] / 0207 413 3147

*Source: Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenships: 34,673 Working Holiday Visas have been granted in the period 1 July 2008 – 30 April 2009, representing a 21.17% increase on the same period 2007/8.

**Source: Future of Independent Travel, a Future Laboratory report commissioned by STA Travel to mark its 30th Birthday.

Notes to editors:

The GBP10 Pom tickets are one-way fares. Return flights are bookable through STA Travel at a special promotional rate from the carrier Qantas.

The term ‘ten pound pom’ was originally coined to describe British citizens who migrated to Australia after the Second World War under an assisted passage scheme established and operated by the Australian Government. The “catch” of the Ten Pound contract meant that migrants had to stay for at least two years or pay back the full fare. With the STA Travel GBP10 Pom you can come back whenever you like.

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