The student firm STA Travel UK has “ceased trading” which has sent shockwaves across the tourism industry.
The travel agency which specialised in package tours for backpackers and young people had taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
STA Travel said in a statement on their website that, “Due to the recent announcement that STA Travel UK has ceased trading, unfortunately our travel experts are unable to assist you at this time.
“Please be assured that if you had a previous booking with us, or hold a live booking, you will receive further communication in the coming days.
“We are sorry for the inconvenience and the limited information available to you at this time.”
An Abta spokeswoman said, “The news that STA Travel Limited, which was a long-standing Abta member, has ceased trading will send a shockwave through the industry, bringing to life the very real pressures that travel is under at the moment.
“STA Travel will be a name that is familiar to most people who will have used them to travel or been aware of their name on the high street, and this distressing news will sadly affect the livelihoods of hundreds of employees.”