Eurostar Chooses New Media Buying Agency

27 Sep 2005

Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK, France and Belgium, today (27.09.05) announced that it had chosen Vizeum as its new media planning and buying agency.
The agency was chosen after a highly competitive selection process, co-ordinated by independent consultancy Billetts, which began in early summer this year and saw a long list of agencies interested in the account reduced to a shortlist of five.
Vizeum is expected to fully replace incumbent agency MGOMD from January 1st 2006, but will work on some detailed media planning prior to this date. The multi-million pound account, awarded for the next three years, will focus on Eurostar's move in 2007 from Waterloo International to its new London home at St. Pancras International.
The switch to St Pancras International will see fastest London-Paris journey times cut to 2 hours 15 minutes, London-Brussels reduced to 1 hour 51 minutes and London-Lille just 1 hour 20 minutes.
Greg Nugent, Head of Brand, Product and UK Marketing, Eurostar, said: "We chose Vizeum because they fully understand the Eurostar business and its future opportunities and challenges. They have clearly showed full awareness of our uniqueness in the short-haul travel market and put forward the best team to help us build and sustain our position."
"We would like to thank the team at MGOMD for their excellent contribution to Eurostar's growth during the nine years we have worked with the company, and we wish them well in future."
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Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the fast train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps.
2. 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.
3. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's largest customer.
4. 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