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|Posted - 07 Jul 2009 : 05:00:27
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Brits offered 10 pound trip to Australia
AAP July 7, 2009, 2:32 pm
Britons are expected to rush for working holiday visas to snap up $20 air tickets to Australia.
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In an offer almost too good to be true, British travellers will soon be able to fly to Australia for less than the price of a guidebook.
In a take on the term "10 pound Pom" - originally coined to describe British citizens who migrated to Australia after World War II - the scheme will allow Brits to travel Down Under for just STG10 ($A20.42).
The move to boost the tourism industry will see 150 Qantas tickets to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide available for anyone with a valid Working Holiday Visa.
Travellers will be able to return home whenever they wish.
The limited tickets will be available from STA Travel outlets across the UK on August 5 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The fare is available for departures between August 15 and September 30 and November 1 to 30.
Would-be travellers are being encouraged to camp out for the tax-inclusive tickets, which are expected to be snapped up within hours.
Those who miss out will be offered special Qantas return airfares at STG679 ($A1,386.56).
STA Travel group managing director John Constable said people were looking for good value holidays in the current climate.
"And it doesn't come much better than Oz for just a tenner," he said in a statement.
"The 10-pound Pom is an opportunity for Brits to experience all that Australia has to offer, from working a vineyard in Margaret River to learning to surf on Bondi Beach."
More than 35,000 young Brits travel on the working holiday program each year, Tourism Australia's UK/Europe general manager Rodney Harrex said.
"The original 10-pound Pom assisted passage scheme resulted in a British fascination with the faraway land of Oz that has endured every since," he said in a statement.
Mr Harrex said it was hoped the offer would boost awareness of Australia's working holiday program, encouraging more 18 to 30-year-olds to come in the future.
Interested travellers should visit www.statravel.co.uk/10poundpom