Rail Europe Exhibits At Las Vegas Asta Trade Show; Offers Travel for April 2008 Expo in Lyon, France
White Plains, NY, September 7, 2007 - Rail Europe will be exhibiting at ASTA's "The Trade Show" in Las Vegas September 9-11 in booth #1607, featuring rail travel products for agents attending the 2008 International Destination Expo in Lyon (France) next April. Rail Europe is the leading North American distributor of rail tickets and passes for independent or group travel throughout Europe and the U.K. and the official rail provider for the Lyon Expo.
Agent discounts on railpasses and train tickets for France and beyond
Agents attending the Expo in Lyon can obtain discounts of up to 75% off the price of rail passes to go from Paris to Lyon or on any pre- and post-Expo tours. Lyon is just 2 hours from Paris - and high-speed TGV trains run directly to/from Charles de Gaulle airport. In addition, Rail Europe offers travel agent discounts on point-to-point tickets for high-speed trains such as Eurostar (Paris to London) or Thalys (Paris to Brussels and beyond).
Agents can choose from: France Rail Pass, Benelux-France Pass, France-Germany Pass, France-Switzerland Pass or Eurail Selectpass, which lets you pick 3, 4 or 5 countries connected by rail/ferry. Rail Passes can be bought for as few as 3 and as many as 10 days - but must be purchased here in North America.
Rail Pass holders qualify for discounted passholder fares on many trains, including Eurostar and Thalys trains to Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. So ASTA Expo attendees could fly to Frankfurt or Zurich or Amsterdam or London, rather than Paris. Passholders are eligible for many other bonuses and discounts, depending on the specific pass.
New European rail developments
1) TGV East - Agents going to the Expo in Lyon can try out the TGV East, a new very high-speed rail line shaving travel times between Paris and eastern France, Germany and Switzerland by one-third to one-half previous journey times. The first rail line with trains operating at speeds of 199 mph, TGV East went into service in June 2007.
Eastern France has enticing tourist destinations, such as Strasbourg, Reims, Nancy and Metz - perfect for more sophisticated clients with an interest in food, wine and history, who may think that because they've been to Paris, the Loire Valley, Provence and the Riviera that they have seen all of France.
With TGV East launched, there are now high-speed rail lines radiating in all four directions from Paris - south to Lyon, Marseille and Nice, north to London, Brussels and Amsterdam, west to Tours and Le Mans and east to Champagne, Lorraine and Alsace.
2) Eurostar Faster - By April 2008 , agents will also be able to speed between Paris and London on the new, faster Eurostar, traveling on the UK's first complete line of high-speed track (HS-1), which will reduce journey times
between downtown Paris and downtown London by 20 minutes - the trip will take just 2 hours 15 minutes, without the hassles and delays of air travel.
Eurostar will start operating on this new track beginning November 14, 2007. And the Eurostar terminal in London will switch from Waterloo to St. Pancras International, which is undergoing a complete facelift with the objective of becoming a "destination station" similar to New York's Grand Central.
Agent commission on rail passes and tickets starts at 5% for electronic bookings.
For more information on Rail Europe's comprehensive selection of European rail and related products (Rail 'n Drive passes, Paris and London subway passes, Paris dinner cruises, etc), agent discounts and other helpful information, log on to http://agent.raileurope.com or call Rail Europe at 1-888-382-7245.
Photos: members of the press may download high-res photos of Eurostar and other European trains at www.raileurope.com/presspix