SHANGHAI, China, March 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Imagine being a traveler from Beijing trying to book a rail ticket from Barcelona to Madrid during your tour of Europe. This will not be a simple task. You will have to go on foreign websites that may not accept your currency, and you might eventually give up on the opportunity to discover the beautiful Spanish landscape from the comfort of a high-speed train. With Spain aiming to attract one million Chinese tourists by 20201, it is essential to offer them the best travel options in an accessible and convenient way.
But of course this isn’t just about China. Amadeus’ new distribution agreement with Ctrip will allow around 90 million registered monthly active users globally of the Ctrip suite of brands easy access to tickets from Renfe, the national Spanish rail operator. Through this partnership, Ctrip customers from anywhere in the world will be able to book and pay for Spanish rail tickets in their own language and currency.
Rail routes will be available first across the Ctrip Group, which includes Ctrip.com and Qunar for Chinese customers and Trip.com for overseas customers. Following this launch, Ctrip plans to make Renfe’s offer available on mobile, through the new Ctrip application TrainPal. It will enable travelers to search for train fares on the go using its smart search engine, and will provide simplified bookings and secure payments, as well as discounted fares.
Antoine de Kerviler, Global Head Rail & Ground Travel at Amadeus said, “Buying a rail ticket from anywhere in the world should be as easy as booking a flight. This is why we are so pleased to be partnering with Ctrip to open more opportunities for railways to reach travelers on a global scale, through the platforms they prefer. High speed rail is an accepted mode of transport for travelers from Ctrip’s home markets such as China, Japan, Taiwan or South Korea, with well-established rail networks where service and reliability are prioritized. So when they travel overseas, rail is a natural choice for them. Rail operators like Renfe that are quick to embrace technologies and adopt new commercial strategies to reach these travelers will benefit from higher growth than their competitors.”
Amy W ei , CEO of Ctrip International Train Ticketing said, “Our partnership with Amadeus is integral to our expansion strategy for rail. We already provide tickets for train routes in China as well as in other overseas markets. With the help of Amadeus, we are able to offer our customers even more rail options. This means our customers can fulfil all their European travel needs without ever having to leave the Ctrip network which they know and trust.”
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading provider of online travel and related services, including accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, package tour and in-destination services, corporate travel management, and other travel related services. It enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. The family of travel brands mainly includes: Ctrip, the largest online travel agency in terms of gross merchandise value and best-known travel brand in China; Qunar, a leading online travel agency in China; Trip.com, an online travel agency for global consumers; and Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip Group has experienced substantial growth and become one of the largest travel service providers in the world.
Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).
The Amadeus group employs around 15,000 people worldwide and does business in more than 190 countries. The company has central sites in Spain (corporate headquarters), France (development) and Germany (operations), and offices in 70 countries around the world.
The group operates a transaction-based business model.
Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under the symbol "AMS.MC" and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.
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