Eurostar named "World's Leading Rail Service" at 2007 World Travel Awards
12 Dec 2007
Eurostar, the high-speed train operator that links the UK and the Continent, has been named as 'World's Leading Rail Service' at the 2007 World Travel Awards, the travel industry's equivalent of the 'Oscars'.
The Awards were voted for by 167,000 travel professionals around the world, including more than 110,000 travel agents, and recognise outstanding achievement across the global travel industry.
The award follows the move of Eurostar's London terminal from Waterloo to the wonderfully restored St Pancras International station in central London, and the launch of services on High Speed 1, Britain's first high-speed line.
Eurostar has also become the world's first train operator to make all journeys carbon neutral, at no extra cost to travellers. The move is part of Eurostar's 'Tread Lightly' initiative to reduce its environmental impact, and follows independent research that has shown that a Eurostar journey generates one tenth the amount of carbon dioxide emissions of an equivalent flight.
Simon Montague, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "We are very pleased to win this award. Eurostar has successfully delivered an unprecedented, overnight move of a railway service to a new terminal, while attracting ever more travellers who are seeking shorter journey times, fewer airport hassles, higher productivity, and big reductions in the environmental impact of their journeys.
"This is welcome recognition of the huge effort by everyone at Eurostar to deliver a highly complex move, at the same time as doing our bit to tackle climate change and consistently delivering high standards of customer service to our business and leisure travellers."
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1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris Gare du Nord, Brussels-Midi, Lille, Disneyland Resort Paris, Calais, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar launched services to and from its new London terminal at St Pancras international, using the UK's first high-speed line High Speed 1, on 14 November. It launched services from a second new station, Ebbsfleet International in north Kent, on 19 November 2007.
3. Under its 'Tread Lightly' environmental initiative, Eurostar has set a target of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 25% per passenger journey by 2012. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership of European high-speed operators that is making it easier to book and travel on Europe's fast-expanding, high-speed rail network.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are two entirely different companies with two different management teams. Eurostar runs high-speed passenger services while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle trains and the Channel tunnel itself. 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,firstname.lastname@example.org