Eurostar boosts Senior Sales team

6 Dec 2005

Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today announced that it had appointed Jason Geall as its new Head of UK Business Sales and Michael Davies as its new Head of International Sales.
Before joining Eurostar, Jason Geall spent six years at www.Jobsite.co.uk where he was the National Sales Manager. Prior to this he spent five years in retail management with Sears and the Kingfisher Group. Jason will be responsible for all UK business ticket revenue, including the management of Eurostar's London-based business sales and account management teams.
Michael Davies has been at Eurostar since its launch in 1994. His previous role was Senior Business Account Manager where he was responsible for Eurostar's relationship with travel management companies. As Head of International Sales, he is in charge of sales in all markets outside the UK, France and Belgium.
Emma Harris, UK and International Sales Director, Eurostar, said: "I am delighted that Jason has joined Eurostar and Michael has taken on a new role at such an important and exciting time in the development of the business. We are currently experiencing strong growth in both the UK business travel market and in the number of travellers from outside the UK, France and Belgium using Eurostar.
"Jason and Michael's experience will ensure that this success is maintained and that Eurostar continues to set new standards for sales and account management across the travel industry."
In the first nine months of 2005 Eurostar carried 5.63 million passengers and saw a 15% rise in business travellers. Its share of the rail/air market on its main routes has risen to record levels: Eurostar now has 71% of the London-Paris market and 64% of the London Brussels market.
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Editors Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. In 2007, with the completion of the UK high speed line to London St Pancras, journey times will be reduced still further. London to Paris will be 2hrs15mins, London to Brussels will be 1hr51mins and London to Lille 1hr20mins.
3. Eurostar was named "Train Operator of the Year" at the National Rail Awards 2004; "World's Leading Rail Service" in the 2003 and 2004 World Travel Awards; "Best Rail Network" at the Business Travel World Awards 2004 and "Best Rail Operator" at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2004.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
6. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to www.eurostar.com, call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
For more information:Eurostar Press Office+44 (0) 20 7922 4494press.office@eurostar.co.uk