A dedicated booking tool which claims to make selling international rail as easy for travel agents as air travel has been unveiled by Amadeus.
Rail Display enables agents to access the rail company schedules and inventory, providing a ‘single view’ of fares and availability on a single screen.
Full content for launch partner Voyages-sncf can be accessed by accredited agents in the UK and Ireland. Amadeus agents will have access to SNCF fares, origins and destinations, and services from Eurostar, TGV, Thalys and TGV Lyria, amongst others.
A graphical user interface makes it easy-to-use, improving agent productivity and requiring minimal training.
Fully integrated into travel agencies’ tools and processes, such as profiles, passenger name records, mid and back office feeds, it allows agents to combine air, hotel and rail content in a single PNR.
Diane Bouzebiba, UK and Ireland managing director of Amadeus, said: “We are delighted to introduce Rail Display in partnership with Voyages-sncf, one of the world’s leading rail ticket distributors.
“Travelling on high speed rail in Europe is a superb experience and the time is now for travel sellers to embrace growing consumer demand and the extra earning potential of international rail travel.
Paul Lacey, UK & Ireland head of trade sales for Voyages-sncf, added: “Access and ‘bookability’ are important cornerstones for continuing to grow sales of European rail.
“We are delighted that our partnership with Amadeus further extends the choice that travel agents have to offer a wide range of continental fares and products to their customers.”