STA Travel Wins Best Youth Travel Provider of the Year at the Global Youth Travel Awards 2014

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Prestigious industry accolade celebrates outstanding performance within the youth, student, and educational travel industry.

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STA Travel, the world’s largest student and youth travel company, today announced that it has won a distinguished Global Youth Travel Award as the Best Youth Travel Provider as voted on by young travelers. Presented during the 23rd World Youth Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), the award honors outstanding achievements that are defining the present and future course of the youth and student travel industry.

WYSTC is the annual event of the World Youth Student and Educational WYSE Travel Confederation, the world’s largest and most powerful network of youth and student travel operators. This year’s awards included categories that were voted on by customers for the first time. Accepting the award on behalf of STA Travel were company employees from the United States, United Kingdom and central divisions -- Ian Kynor, James Jasper, Suzie Nagle and Zoe Tasker. The Global Youth Travel Awards, now in it’s 4th year, were presented to winners at a gala dinner at The Mansion House in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. The glittering ceremony was attended by hundreds of leaders in the global travel industry.

“We are honored that STA Travel has been voted as the travel provider of choice by our customers,” said Adam Cooper, Senior Vice President of STA Travel North America. “We have been building exclusive adventures from the ground up in direct response to the needs and wants of our customers for the past 35 years. Receiving this award is a reflection of our commitment to providing the best eye-opening experiences to our travelers.”

STA Travel, which celebrates its 35th birthday this month, was recognized for establishing industry excellence within the fast-growing youth travel sector. The company specializes in creating experiences for students, recent grads and young adults to explore the world. In business since 1979, there is a core retail network in 11 countries including Australia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States. STA Travel’s retail presence encompasses more than 230 branches.

About Global Youth Travel Awards

The Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) formally recognize outstanding performers in 12 fields of international youth travel and reward WYSE Travel Confederation members and other stakeholders in the youth, student and educational travel industry who make an outstanding contribution to the industry. The GYTAs began at the World Youth Student and Educational Conference (WYSTC) 2011 in Barcelona with a focus on bringing to light the great experiences being provided by members of the community. In subsequent years – 2012 in San Diego, 2013 in Sydney and 2014 in Dublin – the awards have evolved to include members of the wider youth travel industry and a greater number of awards. As the prestige of the GYTAs has grown, so has the awards ceremony, which next year takes place on the final night of WYSTC 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

About STA Travel

STA Travel is the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. We send more than 6 million travelers away each year by offering a unique range of products with exclusive discounts on airfare, accommodations, tours, rail passes and more. Globally, we employ approximately 2,000 people in 11 countries and work with franchisees, joint ventures and licensed partners in another 52 countries. Follow us on Twitter @STATravelUS, Instagram: STATravelUS, Facebook: STA Travel and Pinterest: STA Travel. To book your next adventure visit http://www.statravel.com.

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