STA Travel’s First at Drake Circus

STA Travel opened its first store in Plymouth this week, the first shopping centre location for the specialist youth and adventure travel company.

The move into Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth is an important milestone for the company as it broadens its reach in the UK beyond its traditional student roots.

Jackie Knell, STA Travel sales director, commented: “We are the world’s largest student and youth travel company, but we do not solely cater for this market. We have market-leading airfares, tours and accommodation that are available to everyone.

“By moving into a shopping centre environment for the first time we will be bringing our passion for travel to a wider audience. Plymouth is an ideal location for this new store as it has a big student population of around 40,000 as well as a wide demographic of travelers in the area.

“STA Travel caters for everyone with a passion for travel: from student, to young professionals, to the young at heart traveller. Our new Plymouth store is the ideal place to start your adventure.”

Greg Lumley, Centre Director at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, added: “We are delighted to welcome STA Travel to the centre. Not only is it a new brand that we have attracted to Plymouth, but it is also great news that the business is breaking new ground with us by opening its first outlet in a shopping centre here. STA Travel is an exciting addition to what we have to offer the city and the wider region, and we are confident that it will be hugely popular with our customers.”

The new Plymouth store is overseen by manager Michael Symons and a team of six travel experts.

To celebrate the opening of the new store, STA Travel has a pair of return flights to India up for grabs. To enter go to the Drake Circus store and fill in an entry form before September 14 2013.

During the opening week there are also a range of instant prizes too, customers can come to the store to choose a balloon, pop it, and see if there’s a winning ticket inside. Prices include £30 off an STA Travel booking, free Lonely Planet guidebooks, goodie bags and vouchers for local retailers.

Launch offers for STA Travel Plymouth include 15% off G Adventures tours, 15% off Contiki Tours (until August 22 2013), plus customers can secure any STA Travel airfare for just a £49 deposit (until August 31 2013).

Knell added: “For more than 30 years STA Travel has offered market-leading prices, thanks to our global buying power, our well-established relationships with airlines and tour operators, and our incredibly knowledgable staff, we are the very best people to help you plan your travels. We know because we go.”

Make an appointment with an STA Travel expert by calling 0871 230 8524 or email

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