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Tuesday, 07 April, 2015, 15 : 00 PM [IST]

Rail Europe, Inc., Rail Europe 4A consolidated to form ‘Rail Europe’

The combined entity will continue to operate as the largest distributor of European rail products in Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa & Middle East
Rail Europe, Inc., and Rail Europe 4A have been consolidated into single business unit, Rail Europe with immediate effect, stated a release. CEO Fabrice Morel will lead the combined organisation.

Rail Europe offers an extensive array of European rail products, from rail passes and train tickets, to reservations, sightseeing tours and travel packages. Rail Europe, Inc. is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America and the one-stop shop for travellers and travel agents to plan and book European rail travel by combining the maps, schedules and fares for more than 50 different train companies across Europe. Rail Europe 4A is the largest distributor of European train tickets and rail passes in Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa and the Middle East, stated the release.

As a single business unit, Rail Europe, Inc. and Rail Europe 4A will continue to exist as two legal entities, with an ultimate goal to grow the business faster as one consolidated organisation. This new approach will allow for a more effective and efficient business model, with the ability to maximize respective strengths and is fully supported by the Shareholders of both entities, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and VSC Group, the distribution subsidiary of the French National Railways (SNCF).

Rail Europe will operate globally serving travellers and the travel trade, with a staff of more than 300 employees and offices in White Plains (New York), Rosemont (Illinois), Paris, Mumbai and a worldwide network of representatives. “We are excited about this consolidation, as it will allow us to best serve our partners and customers,” said Morel. “With a global staff, we will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, covering the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia,” he added.

Morel has more than 20 years of travel industry experience, including leadership roles at both Rail Europe, Inc. in White Plains and Rail Europe 4A in Paris. His extensive rail experience includes the roles of Director of International Business Development at SNCF-Voyages (TGV branch of the French National Railways) and Managing Director of the Railteam alliance of European high-speed rail operators. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of VSC Group.

 
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