(PRWEB UK) 18 February 2014
Voyages-sncf, the European leader in rail distribution, has today further extended its reach with the launch of a new website, dedicated to Irish travel agents and tour operators.
The Irish travel trade can now find extensive information on European rail travel and make bookings on behalf of their clients via the new dedicated trade website http://www.Voyages-sncf.eu.
Voyages-sncf.eu provides a powerful, flexible distribution network adapted to the needs of Europe’s ever evolving travel trade. In addition to the new site, Irish agents can also benefit from the support of a team of experienced sales managers and executives, based at the UK head office in Kent, as well as a helpdesk for online bookings.
To help agents develop their knowledge and expertise in European rail travel, an E-Learning platform will be launched by the end of the month, featuring an informative and fun series of modules, which will test their knowledge of European destinations, train operators, routes and travel styles – http://www.beaeuropeanrailexpert.com.
Paul Lacey, Head of Trade Sales at Voyages-sncf UK, said, “In 2012, Irish residents took 6.6 million outbound trips, with 86% of those being to other European countries. Launching in Ireland is a great opportunity for us to reach a new audience and to introduce them to European rail travel and its many benefits.”
Although the majority of Irish travellers will start their holiday with a flight, the train can be a great way to travel once in mainland Europe. Whether from the airport to their final destination or for touring, train travel is quick, efficient and now easy and straightforward to book.
Voyages-sncf.eu features thousands of routes from some of Europe’s top high speed carriers allowing agents to build itineraries tailored to their client’s needs. With print at home or collect at the station ticketing options, travel details and tickets can be emailed directly to the customer, increasing the efficiency of the overall booking process.
Voyages-sncf.eu offers its users access to an integrated network, linking tens of thousands of European cities, towns and villages. High speed trains travel at speeds of up to 320km per hour, with passengers travelling in spacious and comfortable surroundings from city centre to city centre, negating the need for long and costly transfers, lengthy check in times and stringent security checks.
Notes to Editors:
- Voyages-sncf.com was created in 2000, as the travel agent and ticket distribution outlet of SNCF (French National Railways).
- In 2012, the group sold 68 million tickets with an annual sales revenue of €3.6 billion in 2012, across more than 30 countries.
- The group has 650 employees of whom one third are dedicated to European operations outside of France.
- Travel trade sales to continental Europe and the UK were, up until 2013, managed by Rail Europe. This new site is the first time that a dedicated offering has been made available to the Irish market.
- Travel statistics from Household Travel Survey 2012, Central Statistics Office, Ireland.
Voyages-sncf.com is a key player in the European tourism industry and an expert in railway travel and French destinations. It employs 650 people, a third of whom work exclusively for Europe. Voyages-sncf.com has taken a comprehensive approach to its customers that includes 13 web and mobile sites, five travel centres and an integrated call centre service.
For more information: http://corporate.voyages-sncf.com/
About SNCF Group
Present in 120 countries, SNCF is a world leader in mobility and logistics. Its total workforce of 250,000 generated revenue of €33.8 billion in 2012, with over 1/5 of sales from markets outside France. A public sector group dedicated to public service, SNCF builds on its foundations in rail to offer a broad range of services, delivering seamless door-to-door mobility for transport and logistics operators, passengers and the regional and local governments that are its organizing authorities. SNCF Group targets cross-border and international markets, and has five divisions: SNCF Infra manages, operates, maintains and develops rail and related infrastructure; SNCF Proximités operates local, urban and regional passenger services; SNCF Voyages operates long-distance passenger services and distribution; SNCF Geodis provides freight and logistics services; and Gares & Connexions manages and develops train stations. http://www.sncf.com