DB and Amadeus deal boosts route and fare access for OTAs

DB and Amadeus deal boosts route and fare access for OTAs

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Online travel agents are being given access to German rail company Deutsche Bahn routes and fares via Amadeus Rail Web Services.

Corporate and traditional travel agencies continue to be able to offer DB content via Amadeus Rail Display and Amadeus eTravel Management.

This results from a three-year extension of a long term distribution deal between DB and Amadeus.

Amadeus’ rail platform provides OTAs with a one-stop-shop, with more than 10 providers including DB.

Mathias Hueske, head of e-commerce at DB, said: “Today’s rail traveller is very different from 10 years ago, as travelling has evolved from a station-to-station process to a door-to-door experience.

“Therefore, we must adapt ourselves to remain competitive and meet the needs of the new traveller.

“Our expanded relationship with Amadeus secures the availability of DB’s offer in all channels the traveller might choose.

“This means business and leisure travellers alike will be able to book DB in Germany, Europe and beyond through Amadeus’ range of channels.”

Amadeus’s rail and ground travel director, Thomas Drexler, said: “It has been over 20 years since we signed our first agreement with Deutsche Bahn. This relationship has matured significantly, and today we face exciting new developments which are transforming the rail scene.

“The addition of DB into our Rail Web Services solution marks a new step in the right direction towards the traveller, offering them a connected network of travel options beyond rail.

“I’m delighted that we are well underway in fulfilling DB’s vision for expansion with several OTAs actively working on this integration.”

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