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SILVERRAIL ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY-FIRST CONNECTION TO SNCF

SilverRail, the B2B travel technology company, has today announced an industry-first connection to SNCF, the French rail operator. The new partnership means that SilverRail will be the first non-SNCF partner to connect to SNCF inventories via their PAO (Portail d’Acces aux Offres) API.

Access to the PAO API will enable sales and after-sales operations on SNCF operating carriers, which include: TGV, Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria, RENFE-SNCF in cooperation, DB-SNCF in cooperation, TGV Bruxelles-Provinces, TGV France-Luxembourg, SNCF Italy, Intercites and Regional train (TER). This means SilverRail will be able to distribute SNCF products through its SilverCore technology platform to travel management companies and online travel agents in other European countries – and indeed across the world – allowing them to book SNCF tickets on high-speed, long and medium distance routes.

France is one of the largest European markets for rail with over 1.2BN travellers a year, and was the first European country to invest in high-speed rail. Today they have over 200 cities connected to high-speed TGV trains. By enabling SilverRail to distribute globally, SNCF can expand its reach to international travellers looking to book rail travel within France.

Will Phillipson, Chief Operations Officer at SilverRail said “France is the most visited country in the world, with SNCF being renowned for its innovative mobility solutions – making this partnership a significant development for SilverRail, and the industry itself.”

“We are honored to be SNCF’s first partner to use their new PAO API, and the first Rail Distribution System (RDS) to have this level and depth of a connection. By building better and faster connections to European rail content, and allowing our partners like Expedia.com to distribute SNCF products for the first-time, the partnership highlights SilverRail’s dedication to raising the profile of rail and of course, French tourism.”

On the company’s partnership with SilverRail, Pierre Matuchet, Senior VP  Marketing and Information System at Voyages SNCF, said: “Travel Agency distribution is very important to SNCF, especially when addressing corporate customers.  Agencies can differentiate themselves by innovating on their technological offer, especially online. The good connectivity to our offers is thus fundamental to the quality of their tools. SilverRail offers new solutions with a platform specialised on railway products from all countries. It was logical that SNCF, as a major global operator, should be integrated to this platform. For our distributors, this extends the choice of available solutions. For SNCF, this is an additional way to promote our offers. This new SNCF-SilverRail partnership is win-win for all parties. “

Fabien Soulet, Director of Business, Corporate and Travel Agencies highlighted: “For a few years, SilverRail has been one of the solutions in the radar of the Agencies, in France but also in the world. Sale of SNCF products by international travel agencies encounters the distribution systems compatibility, which are still very local in the rail industry. However, SilverRail originally developed outside of France, and with the approach of a global technology platform for rail. This is an approach that seduced us and should expand our indirect distribution network internationally, and thus our sales.”

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Flowers, Marketing Manager at SilverRail
t: +44 7881 348 209 / e: jessica.flowers@silverrailtech.com
 

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About SilverRail
SilverRail is powering global rail with its next-generation retailing and distribution platform.

SilverRail’s technology is purpose–built for rail. Its product suite spans the full customer experience: journey planning, inventory management, scheduling, pricing, booking, payment, ticketing, reporting and administration.

SilverCore is the world’s first unified platform for global rail distribution, it connects carriers and suppliers to both online and offline travel distributors.

  • SilverRail handles more than 1 billion online rail searches each year.
  • SilverRail distributes tickets for more than 35 providers and carriers.
  • SilverRail processes more than 25 million bookings each year.
  • SilverRail serves more than 1,500 corporate customers worldwide.

SilverRail, founded in 2009 by Aaron Gowell and Will Phillipson, has offices in London, Boston, Stockholm and Brisbane. To find out more visit www.silverrailtech.com.

Expedia Inc, one of the world’s leading travel companies, acquired a majority stake in SilverRail in June 2017.
About Voyages SNCF

Voyages SNCF is the long-distance travel operator of SNCF Mobilités. It is the reference for high speed train in Europe. TGV is the quintessential offer of Voyages SNCF. OUIGO, the low-cost offer, completes the TGV offer.

To enable everyone to enjoy door-to-door journeys, Voyages SNCF has developed various mobility offers. OUIBUS serves the major French and European cities by coach. iDVROOM and iDCAB, door-to-door services, allow you to start or end your journey by car or by taxi / car with driver.

International offers such as Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria, TGV France-Italy, DB-SNCF in cooperation, Renfe-SNCF in cooperation, allow our travellers to travel across Europe. With 440 high-speed trains, Voyages SNCF has the largest fleet in Europe. Every day, 700 TGVs travel nearly 10000 km of line, including 2000 km of high-speed lines throughout France and serve 230 stations.

In 2016, Voyages SNCF transported nearly 129 million passengers in Europe, and since 1981 more than 2 billion customers have travelled with TGV. TGV is a registered trademark of SNCF Mobility.

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SILVERRAIL ANNOUNCES TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP WITH RAIL EUROPE

SilverRail, the B2B travel technology company, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products worldwide.

The new partnership will see SilverRail provide a connectivity and transaction processing layer to all of Rail Europe’s train operator’s fares and seat inventory via their market leading technology platform – SilverCore.  This will enable Rail Europe and Voyages-SNCF.com Technologies – the technology arm of Rail Europe parent company Voyages-SNCF.com – teams to harness their unique knowledge of their customers’ needs and focus on building the best distribution engine and sales interface for all B2C (outside of Europe) and B2B distribution channels.

Rail Europe has been introducing European rail travel to international travellers for over 50 years, offering a one-stop-shop for planning and booking European train travel to customers in more than 45 countries – making Rail Europe the leading global distributor today. This technology partnership will provide Rail Europe a new connectivity layer that gives access to new offerings.

Will Phillipson, Chief Operations Officer at SilverRail “Rail Europe is the leading seller of European rail across the world which makes this a tremendously exciting partnership for SilverRail. The Rail Europe team have incredible expertise in rail, and deep relationships with the carriers, and we look forward to a strong and long-term relationship with them.”

Fabrice Morel, Chief Executive Officer at Rail Europe said: “We are very happy to work with a leading edge and agile company like SilverRail on overhauling our connectivity to rail operators; this will enable our own resources to leverage their unmatched market expertise and focus solely on designing the best experience for selling rail, both for travellers and travel intermediaries around the world”.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Flowers, Marketing Manager at SilverRail
T: +44 7881-348-209 / e: jessica.flowers@silverrailtech.com
 
Laura Zanzal Ford, Vice President, Communications Mgr. Zeno Group for Rail Europe
T: 212-299-8955 / e: laura.ford@zenogroup.com
 
Loring Allen, Director, Integrated Communications at Rail Europe
T: 914-681-7232 / e: lallen@raileurope.com
 

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About SilverRail
SilverRail is powering global rail with its next-generation retailing and distribution platform.

SilverRail’s technology is purpose–built for rail. Its product suite spans the full customer experience: journey planning, inventory management, scheduling, pricing, booking, payment, ticketing, reporting and administration.

SilverCore is the world’s first unified platform for global rail distribution, it connects carriers and suppliers to both online and offline travel distributors.

  • SilverRail handles more than 1 billion online rail searches each year.
  • SilverRail distributes tickets for more than 35 providers and carriers.
  • SilverRail processes more than 25 million bookings each year.
  • SilverRail serves more than 1,500 corporate customers worldwide.

SilverRail, founded in 2009 by Aaron Gowell and Will Phillipson, has offices in London, Boston, Stockholm and Brisbane. To find out more visit www.silverrailtech.com.

Expedia Inc, one of the world’s leading travel companies, acquired a majority stake in SilverRail in June 2017.
About Rail Europe

Rail Europe, in operation since 1932, is a European rail travel distribution company, and the leading global one-stop-shop for planning and booking European travel and sightseeing products. Owned by two shareholders, the French National Railroads (SNCF) through their Voyages-SNCF.com distribution arm, and the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), the company has grown to become the leading authority on European train travel worldwide, generating 400M€ in annual sales. The company is headquartered in Paris, France, with subsidiaries in North and South America, Australia, China, India, Korea and Japan.

Rail Europe makes discovering Europe by train easy, seamless, and memorable, providing:

  • Unparalleled access to products from more than 50 European train companies.
  • Award-winning localised customer care to over 5.5 million travellers per year.
  • A unique, user-friendly online booking engine enabling travellers to book in their preferred language and currency.

Our dedicated team of more than 350 employees serve travellers and travel agents around the globe. For more information or to book a trip with Rail Europe, visit raileurope.com.

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