Growth of TMC and Third Party Partnerships in 2007
5 February 2008
TheTrainline, the UK's leading impartial rail retailer, has more than doubled its business with travel management companies (TMCs) and third party partnerships in the past year and plans to expand this growth in 2008.
TheTrainline offers tailored retail solutions for TMCs - TraCS Over the Internet (TOTI), customer Self Book (SBT) and Trainline Connect API.
Via Travelport and other direct partnerships, TheTrainline now supplies a significant number of the UK's TMCs and this is predicted to increase as rail travel grows further and additional investment is made to develop these relationships.
These partners and their customers enjoy an unrivalled choice of fulfilment options including access to the national ticket on departure network at over 400 stations throughout the UK, MobiTix - mobile phone ticketing - and, once trialled and launched later this year, Trainline Smart.
Adrian Watts, Director of Sales and Distribution at TheTrainline, says, "It is clear that rail is increasingly the preferred mode of transport for business travel. It offers convenience, as well as significant environmental savings for today's eco-savvy customer.
"To be able to meet this demand, and following the withdrawal of Elgar, TMCs must register with a ticket issuing service to book their UK rail. Due in part to this, TheTrainline's booking solution is experiencing rapid growth and is proving phenomenally successful. It is Internet based, user friendly and offers our partners exclusive fulfillment options, over 293 million journeys, great value UK fare combinations and significant reductions in average ticket prices."
TheTrainline continues to expand all distribution channels including corporate clients, TMCs, travel agencies and GDSs.
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Notes to the editors:
TheTrainline is the leading UK rail ticket retailer and rail ticket information provider, offering fast and easy access to timetables, fares, reservations and tickets through its Internet site and contact centre operations in the UK train travel sector. In addition to its own website, www.thetrainline.com, it operates retail websites for 15 Train Operating Companies who sell rail tickets online, as well as providing a rail business travel service direct to a number of blue chip corporations and travel agents.
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