Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, today announced a new agreement with Eurostar, the only high-speed passenger rail service between the UK and mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Under this new agreement, Eurostar becomes the first rail operator to benefit from Travelport’s leading merchandising solution, Rich Content and Branding.
Travelport is able to help Eurostar take advantage of the phenomenal growth of high-speed rail by connecting it to over 68,000 Travelport-connected online and offline travel agencies and travel management companies worldwide. Through its Rich Content and Branding solution, Travelport will also deliver to agents a graphically rich experience when searching for and booking Eurostar branded fares and seats.
The announcement confirms Travelport’s commitment to helping travel providers promote their brand, product and service propositions to buyers with a display similar to their own websites, allowing travel agents to better understand and upsell their full offering through all Travelport points of sale.
Simon Tyler, Head of Sales and Business Improvement at Eurostar International: “Our agreement with Travelport demonstrates our commitment to better serve the end traveler and marks a new era of indirect distribution for Eurostar. With visually rich content covering our on-board classes of service and range of fares and offers, agents across the world will have at their fingertips the product information they need to represent our offering in the best possible manner. We’re looking forward to seeing the benefits this provides to our customers and our business.”
Derek Sharp, Senior Vice Present and Managing Director, Air Commerce at Travelport, added: "Today’s announcement further enhances and strengthens the cooperation between Eurostar and Travelport. It also marks another significant milestone for Rich Content and Branding as Eurostar is the first rail operator that can display rich content in a way which replicates the consumer experience online.”
Launched in 2014, Rich Content and Branding already allows over 260 network airlines, low-cost carriers and now rail operators to differentiate themselves through strong visuals and detailed description of their products and services. Today, Travelport offers richer content to over five times as many airlines as its nearest competitor, an achievement which strengthens its leading position in the travel merchandising space.
About Eurostar International Limited
Eurostar International Ltd is jointly owned by SNCF Mobilités (55%), Patina, a consortium comprising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) and Hermes Infrastructure, (40%), and NMBS/SNCB (5%).
Eurostar is the high-speed passenger rail service between the UK and mainland Europe providing direct services between the UK and Paris, Brussels, Calais, Lille, Lyon, Avignon, Marseille and the French Alps.
Customers travelling by Eurostar can enjoy a range of benefits including:
- Seamless city centre to city centre travel, with stations located in the heart of our destinations
- Comfort and space on board to work or unwind with wifi connectivity and onboard entertainment
- Fast and convenient check-in - passengers are asked to arrive only 30 minutes before departure
- Generous, free-of-charge baggage allowance with each passenger allowed 2 bags/suitcases and 1 piece of hand luggage
- No queues or baggage reclaim upon arrival
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.
Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.