Eurostar and Amadeus to showcase GDS technology solution at the Business Travel Show

9 Feb 2007

Simplified Eurostar booking process for UK Travel Management Companies, travel agencies, corporations and individual travellers
Eurostar, (the high speed train operator that links the UK with France and Belgium), and Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry today (9 February 2007) announced that they will jointly showcase a demonstration version of the Eurostar GDS Gateway at the Business Travel Show, Earl's Court, on 13-15 February.
The project, which will see Eurostar on the airline screens of all of the major GDSs in the UK for the first time, is on course for completion this year. Travel Management Companies in the UK will be able to access the Eurostar inventory directly from the GDS and book Eurostar as they would an airline, thus offering combination with other content such as hotels, insurance and car rental.
Eurostar is working with Amadeus to develop the Eurostar GDS Gateway. Amadeus will be the IT provider of the gateway, facilitating content between Eurostar and users such as agencies, corporations and individuals, either through Amadeus or through other GDSs. Prior to its launch, the new system will be tested across all of the GDSs and will include Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Expedia Corporate Travel and Hillgate Travel as preferred supplier partners.
The roll out of the new system will make Eurostar more accessible to business travellers. Last year (2006), Eurostar saw a 17% increase in the number of business travellers using its high speed services. From 14 November this year, business and leisure travellers will enjoyer quicker journeys when Eurostar launches services from its new central London station: St Pancras International.
Jason Geall, Head of UK Sales, Eurostar, said: "Eurostar's arrival on primary screen GDS will make it much easier for agents to make Eurostar-air price comparisons on London-Paris and London-Brussels journeys and to book Eurostar tickets."
Stephane Durand, Managing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland, said: "Travel Management Companies and corporate travellers are always on the lookout for fast, efficient access to the widest range of travel content. Amadeus' latest IT development will see Eurostar high speed rail availability shown on the same display as airlines, allowing for easy comparison between air and rail alternatives. Additional benefits such as e-ticketing and instant booking confirmation together with access to graphical seat-map displays will boost productivity and enhance customer service for TMCs and their rail travelling customers."
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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. On 14 November 2007, Eurostar's London terminal will switch from Waterloo International to St. Pancras International. Journey times will reduce, with London-Paris down to 2h 15m, London-Brussels in 1h 51m and London-Lille in just 1h20m. Eurostar will also launch services from Ebbsfleet International, a new UK station near junction 2 of the M25 motorway, to Paris and Brussels.
3. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris or Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
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 4494, press.office@eurostar.co.uk