Head of Global Contracting, STA Travel
STA Travel is the world’s largest student, youth and adventure travel company, and for the last eight years has provided Julian Lawman with a desk, computer and regular monthly salary.
Having studied Travel & Tourism Management at the University of Northumbria, Julian has spent his entire working life in the travel industry, starting at Thomas Cook in a variety of brochure production and product management roles. He first moved into the role of buyer at Travel 2 & Travelbag (now part of dnata), where he spent seven years contracting their programmes to North America & Australasia. He spent one year with the UK’s leading wholesaler to the coach holidays sector, securing group allotments at hotels across Europe, before joining STA Travel to oversee the commercial relationships with its key tour operator partners.
His current role at STA Travel is Head of Global Contracting. Together with his team of buyers, he is responsible for purchasing the full range of land product sold through STA Travel’s worldwide network of 240 stores and online distribution channels.
- Over 600 attendees from the global youth and student travel industry
- 150+ pre-selected buyers
- Up to 48 pre-scheduled business appointments
- 92% senior management attendees
- 25 seminars and workshops
- Up to 7 networking events