STA Travel ceases trading

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Coronavirus has claimed another high profile casualty. STA Travel, which specialised in package tours for students and young backpackers, has collapsed – with the loss of 500 staff in its 50 high street branches across the UK and at its London headquarters. 2000 people were employed by STA Travel worldwide.

The company was founded in Australia in 1979, by two young backpackers, and has long been a familiar name to generations of students.

Visitors to STA Travel’s UK website are greeted with this advice:-

We encourage you to reconfirm your travel arrangements directly with the travel providers of your booking. This includes airlines, tour operators, accommodation, transport and/or insurance providers. You may also refer to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) for more information, where you will find details of what to do and who to contact if you require further assistance.

ATOL, the holiday financial protection scheme, has published information for ATOL-protected consumers who were booked to travel with the company. This can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, the iconic Shearings brand name lives on. The company was the UK’s largest escorted tour operator, with roots in Oldham and Wigan in the early 20th century. Shearings went into administration in late May, but Leger Holidays subsequently acquired the brand name, website and customer database. It has now produced a new 2020/21 brochure with a programme of fully escorted tours to the UK and Europe, which can be requested on the Shearings website. Leger say they plan to maintain clear differentiation between Leger’s and Shearings’ offering.

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