Aussies double Rail Europe Spain bookings

first_imgRail Europe bookings take-off down under High speed rail has quickly become a popular form of Aussie travel around Europe, according to Rail Europe figures that saw a 33 percent increase in passengers booking with the rail distributor for the year ending 31 August.Organising train trips for up to 60,000 passengers over the year, the company’s Australasia manager Richard Leonard said the growth demonstrated how rail is becoming an important travel system for Australian holiday-makers.The Group also recorded a 25 percent rise in revenue for the year compared to the last, accumulating up to 133M€.Bookings on Spain trains more than doubled for the period with a 53 percent rise, followed by TGV reservations which were up by 37 percent.Italian trains saw a 34 percent jump as Eurostar sales increased by 33 percent.Rail Europe chief executive Pierre-Stephane Austi said the company has witnessed growth since 2009.”Our careful attention to the markets’ needs, strong assets in technology, distribution and marketing and the unfailing enthusiasm of our teams are the driving forces behind our successes,” Mr Austi explained.  “They allow us to stay ahead of the game and deliver our partners and clients a unique and distinctive service. “2011 has been fantastic so far, we look forward to the upcoming months, which will help us achieve another record year of sales in Rail Europe’s history”. Assisting agents with rail bookings, the company launched a new e-ticketing system earlier this year, offering passengers to print tickets at home. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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