Flights to Australia for just £10 as part of new scheme

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The program offers young people a round-trip ticket to visit the region on a working holiday visa

Young people in the UK can fly to and from Adelaide from as little as £10 as part of a new campaign to boost tourism.

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The South Australian Tourism Commission has launched the campaign to help people recover from the Covid pandemic.

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The program aims to entice young adults to visit the region on working holiday visas to fill employment gaps and boost tourism, the government said Travel weekly.

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Similar to the £10 assisted transit scheme introduced in 1945, dubbed the “Ten Poms” scheme, the scheme will provide jobs in hospitality, farms and outback stations.

The South Australian Tourism Commission has launched the campaign to boost tourism (Photo: Getty Images)

Who is eligible for the program?

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Young people aged 18-30 in the UK or 18-32 in Ireland have the opportunity to take part in a revised version of the £10 Pom scheme.

Starting next month, Qatar Airways is selling 200 discounted return flights to Adelaide from Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh or Dublin.

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To be eligible for the flights, travelers must fall within the stated age ranges, show they have a working holiday visa and be able to travel to Adelaide before 30 September 2022.

You’ll also need to purchase a holiday starter pack with Trailfinders from £162. This includes three nights’ accommodation in a hostel, vouchers and information on setting up a bank account and looking for a job.

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South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison, said of the scheme: “South Australia welcomes the return of Working Holiday Makers – it’s a real win-win for young people who enjoy traveling and working abroad, and for our local tourism industry.

“Our tour operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences and booking accommodation, and they have also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring.

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“These backpackers nurture a love for our state and our country that often inspires them to return later in life.

“Whether in our bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels or on our outback stations and farms, there are so many ways British and Irish citizens can work in Adelaide and regional South Australia, helping to go beyond just filling roles , but also to perform economic and cultural exchanges benefit both sides of the world.

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“We look forward to welcoming young people back from the UK and Ireland and encourage them to make the most of these £10 fares.”

What was Ten Pound Poms?

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Ten Pound Poms was the nickname given to Britons who emigrated to Australia and New Zealand after World War II.

The name referred to the £10 handling fee required to move Down Under, and more than a million Britons moved between 1945 and 1972.

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This new scheme is similar in that it aims to attract young people from the UK to migrate to South Australia, although this revised version offers travelers a £10 return ticket. This means they will have to travel back to the UK after their visa expires.

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