UK Travel to Take Off Under New Visa Rules, Says STA Travel

THE loosening of working holiday rules in the UK has been welcomed by a leading youth travel company which says it will boost interest in long haul travel for young adventurers. STA Travel says the legislative changes would allow 18-30 year old Australians to work and holiday in Britain for up to two years - a year more than the previous scheme - and would provide further incentive for Aussies to head off to the UK.

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Melbourne, Vic (PRWEB) November 12, 2008

THE loosening of working holiday rules in the UK has been welcomed by a leading youth travel company which says it will boost interest in long haul travel for young adventurers.

STA Travel said the legislative changes would allow 18-30 year old Australians to work and holiday in Britain for up to two years - a year more than the previous scheme - and would provide further incentive for Aussies to head off to the UK.

The new 'Tier 5' Youth Mobility visas will also cost less, at just around half the original cost, and for the first time travellers will have no time restriction on how long they work whilst on holidays.

Managing Director of STA Travel, David Burns, said the company presently sent approximately 30,000 students and young professionals on working holidays each year, and expected that number to rise under the new visa legislation.

"This new visa structure is fantastic for young Australians. They can now work longer and see more of the world while they build their resumes and make lasting connections with the destinations they visit,'' Mr Burns said.

Under this new visa scheme, young Australians will now be able to work in any field, except that of a professional sportsperson, set up a business or work as a Doctor in Training.

The scheme is also valid to travellers from New Zealand, Canada and Japan.

For more information on STA Travel's extensive range of working holidays visit http://www.statravel.com.au or drop into your nearest STA Travel store.

Media enquiries to:
Eva Kulma
Marketing Communications Coordinator - STA Travel
Phone: 03 8417 6927
Email: ekulma @ statravel.com.au

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