STA has signed a three-year extension to the current contract with Exclusively Hotels for the online agency to be its preferred global hotel supplier.

After two years’ successful partnership with Exclusively Hotels, STA, the world’s largest travel company for students and young people, has elected to extend the contract for a further three years. Exclusively Hotels will continue to provide STA agents with access to over 57,000 hotels in over 7,500 destinations worldwide. Exclusively Hotel’s competitive prices, instant booking confirmation and straightforward booking system have proved a winning combination for STA.

Recent statistics released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the World Youth & Student Educational Travel Confederation have identified youth travel as the industry’s fastest growing sector, with travellers aged 16-24 representing more than 20% of all international visitors. Charles Martin, Exclusively Hotels Product Manager said, “After a successful two-year partnership we are pleased that STA, the world’s largest youth travel agency, have chosen to continue to work with Exclusively Hotels in this expanding market. This agreement reflects STA’s confidence that we can continue to develop our products and services to meet the demands of a growing market and we look forward to working with STA to help them maintain their position as global market leader.”

Vanessa Lenssen, Global Land Product, Managing Director, STA Worldwide said, “The Exclusively Hotels system is easy to use, and doesn't require the massive amounts of inputting that compromises our agents' productivity. We chose the system because of the depth and breadth of its product range, as well as the ease of use, guaranteed availability and simple pricing."

About Exclusively Hotels
Exclusively Hotels provides travel solutions to airlines, portals, and travel companies. Recognized as an established and quality player in the global market it has a proven track record in working in many different distribution channels. Exclusively Hotels has partnerships with many market leaders in the travel industry, including Uniglobe, VIA Ferieverden, Hotell.no, Transavia, Cyprus Airways and Iceland Express. Exclusively Hotels is part of the TotalStayGroup, the parent company of three exciting and innovative online accommodation booking services providing solutions for consumers, partners, and travel agents. Its brands include www.exclusivelyhotels.com – Exclusively for Travel Agents TM, www.hotelpronto.com – The World of Hotel Deals TM and www.totalstay.com – The Hotel Shop.

About STA
STA is the world's largest travel company for students and young people. STA was acquired in 1979 as a joint venture by the Diethelm and Keller groups. With a global distribution network, STA is today the largest specialist in the student and youth sector. STA employs some 2,400 people in 17 countries, and works with franchisees and licensing partners in 73 further countries. STA success rests on three pillars: a high profile in target markets, employees who provide peer-to-peer advice to customers and a product range that matches the price/performance expectations of its customers.

Published on: 12:00AM on 12th March 2007