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SILVERRAIL POWERS CONCUR'S EXPANSION INTO EUROPEAN RAIL

SilverRail, the innovative technology business providing digital infrastructure to enable travellers to search, plan and book rail globally, has announced a new three year partnership with Concur, the world’s leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services.

Over the next coming months, using SilverRail’s API technology, Concur will be able to connect it’s corporate travel customers to European rail content across multiple markets, enhancing their OBT offering in a number of new markets.

SilverRail’s SilverCore platform provides a simple, cost-effective way to implement a complete rail booking and ticketing solution. The SaaS API is designed to greatly reduce the complexity involved in selling rail by providing a single, integrated service for shopping, booking, and purchasing tickets across multiple carriers. This enables Concur to display rail content in a consistent manner, regardless of rail carrier or point of sale, and provide a simple and efficient user experience.
Rail is a fundamental part of European travel and therefore a fundamental product when catering to a European business travel customer base.  The investment in high speed rail has driven its popularity as journey times between key city pairs diminish; 80% of travellers now prefer to take the train over the plane when journey time is less than 2.5 hours. This has resulted in significant market share shifting from air to rail. Eurostar now claims more than 75% of the combined rail/air market on its main routes, and Italy has just revealed that since the introduction of high speed rail in 2009, demand has increased by 65%. On top of a reduction in journey time, European rail is often the most cost effective option, greener, city-centre to city-centre and offers a more productive journey.

Concur’s Director of Supplier Services, Michael Kantor says: “Rail is a key part of European travel, and so expansion into this market is a vital part of our global rail strategy, ensuring we are able to deliver all possible travel options to our business travellers.” Speaking about SilverRail specifically he said: “SilverRail currently offers content for multiple European markets through a single API, making them the ultimate partner in terms of expertise and support for serving Concur’s appetite for European rail content.”

Cameron Jones, Chief Commercial Officer at SilverRail said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Concur, and helping them to become a truly global business. SilverRail is currently connected to a number of markets globally, with an appetite for more European rail content, this aligns well with Concur’s current focus and strategy; creating a great alliance between SilverRail and the world’s fastest growing Online Booking Tool.”

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For further information, please contact:
Belinda Hallworth/Archie Pottinger – Flagship Consulting  020 7680 7114/7113
Sophy Norris – Flagship Consulting  01392 248 934.
firstname.lastname@flagshipconsulting.co.uk

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 About Concur®
Concur, an SAP company, imagines the way the world should work, offering cloud-based services that make it simple to manage travel and expenses. By connecting data, applications and people, Concur delivers an effortless experience and total transparency into spending wherever and whenever it happens. Concur services adapt to individual employee preferences and scale to meet the needs of companies from small to large, so they can focus on what matters most for their businesses. Learn more at www.concur.com or the Concur blog.

About SilverRail Technologies (www.silverrailtech.com/)
SilverRail is a mission driven business: to build the digital infrastructure for the rail industry.

SilverRail has expertise in each step of the sales journey: inventory management, journey planning, scheduling, pricing, booking, payment, ticketing, reporting and administration.

SilverCore is our key product; the manifestation of this expertise. The SilverCore platform provides a simple, cost-effective way to implement a complete rail booking and ticketing solution. The platform API (SilverAPI) is designed to greatly reduce the complexity involved in selling rail by providing a single, integrated service for shopping, booking, and purchasing tickets.

Used both by distributers like Concur to access and sell rail in over eight countries, and for the carriers themselves to manage their retail operations and own the customer experience.

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SILVERRAIL TO POWER NUTRAVEL'S ENHANCED CUSTOMER OFFERING IN CANADA

Via Rail marks our first rail connection to the travel technology firm

SilverRail, the innovative technology business providing digital infrastructure to enable travellers to search, plan and book global rail tickets, has announced a new partnership with nuTravel.

With SilverRail’s pioneering SilverCore technology, nuTravel, the US based travel technology firm providing travel booking technology solutions, is able to connect it’s corporate travel customers to VIA Rail content for the first time.

SilverCore is the world’s first unified SaaS platform for global rail, connecting rail carriers with the worldwide ecosystem of travel distributors and managers. The API (SilverAPI) simplifies the complexity involved in selling rail by providing a single, integrated service for shopping, booking, and purchasing tickets; regardless of rail carrier or global market, enabling nuTravel to provide a simple and efficient user experience.

VIA Rail is nuTravel’s first connection to SilverCore, which enables customers to search and book rail journeys in Canada, right alongside searches for flights.

Of the new partnership, nuTravel’s Vice President, Product & Customer Solutions, Damar Christopher, said: “nuTravel is absolutely dedicated to delivering the best content for our customers. We believe our collaboration with SilverRail to provide VIA Rail content epitomises this, and its ground-breaking technology platform furthers our Open Integration strategy of partnering with technology leaders in the industry. As a recognised innovator in corporate travel, we are committed to continuing to develop our integration with SilverRail so that we can further improve the traveller’s corporate booking experience.”

Bob Allen, US Director of Account Management at SilverRail, adds: “We are delighted to be announcing our partnership with nuTravel. Over 35 carriers are connected via our SilverCore technology and now with nuTravel we can offer its corporate travel customers the opportunity to see rail content alongside air information for the first time.”

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Belinda Hallworth/Archie Pottinger – Flagship Consulting 020 7680 7114/7113
Sophy Norris – Flagship Consulting 01392 248 934.

About SilverRail Technologies 
Silver Rail Technologies is a transformative technology business with one mission – to foster the renaissance of rail travel by making global rail content more easily available, accessible and affordable.
SilverRail is currently processing over 1 billion online rail searches per year. Over 35 rail carriers are connected via the company’s ‘SilverCore’ distribution platform – the world’s first unified platform for global rail. More than 25 million bookings are made on SilverRail’s various systems each year. SilverRail is currently serving over 1,500 Transit Operators worldwide.
SilverRail’s manifesto outlines a new set of five standards for the simple, smooth and scalable customer experience the future of rail needs to dominate short and medium haul travel.
To receive more information, visit www.silverrailtech.com

About nuTravel
nuTravel delivers the corporate travel industry’s fastest, most flexible booking technology solutions available today. Successfully pairing industry expertise with the right technology, nuTravel’s diverse portfolio of online travel solutions provide a robust and intuitive selection of travel content to users while delivering a smooth integration into travel management companies and corporations of any size. Since 2002, over 8,000 corporations have chosen nuTravel as their solutions provider; composed of varying sizes and industry expertise with travel budgets ranging from $50,000 to $100 million.
To receive more information, visit www.nutravel.com or call 914-848-4169