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High-Speed Rail Travel Meets High-Speed Internet Announcing the New & Improved www.raileurope.ca

State Of The Art Online Functionality Offers Best-Ever Self Booking Travel Experience

White Plains, NY – July 30, 2009. Serving North American travelers for over 75 years, Rail Europe Inc. is proud to announce the launch of the Canadian version of their new and improved travel website www.raileurope.ca. The Canadian site allows travelers to plan their rail-cation and begin their European travel experience online before they even pack their bags.

Over 60% of Rail Europe Inc.’s business is generated via direct consumer sales and over 86% of those unique customers use the web to book their travel. The new site is designed to offer state-of-the-art online functionality that makes planning a trip part of each individuals unique travel experience. It also provides customers with a matchless combination of three important benefits: 1) The most streamlined online booking technology. 2) The most extensive information available on European destinations and rail products. 3) A rich immersion into the experience of European travel via interactive tools.

The company’s President and CEO, Frédéric Langlois states “Canada is a growing market for us and following the successful launch of the US version of the site last Fall, we recognized the need to offer the same sophisticated online booking technology in Canada. Our site caters to all types of Canadian travelers, allowing them to easily and efficiently research, plan and book their European rail vacation.”

Upgraded Functionality

The booking functions on the newly revamped Canadian site allow for planning either single destination or multi-stop travel itineraries throughout Europe, in all classes of rail service. In addition, the site offers tips and recommendations on how to save money, or when a rail pass might offer superior value to the traveler.

In partnership with prestigious travel guide publisher, Frommer’s, the website also contains extensive information on travel destinations throughout the European continent, including suggestions on what to do and what to see in the European countries within Rail Europe’s network. In addition to travel guides, www.raileurope.ca offers a number of exclusive deals and packages, including special itineraries, wine pairings and tours.

Video content and an extensive gallery of photos allow travelers to preview trains, routes and destinations in advance of setting off on their journey. Visual materials showcase on-board amenities including restaurant cars and accommodations to bring to life an authentic Rail Europe travel experience.

On-Board Hi-Speed Wireless Internet Service

Your online experience begins with www.raileurope.ca and continues as you journey along Europe’s high-speed routes. Many high speed trains now offer on-board wireless high-speed internet service, allowing business or leisure travelers to work, access email, or research their city travel plans prior to arriving at their next destination.

Why More Travelers Are Choosing Rail

High-speed rail travel has emerged as a civilized, efficient and eco-friendly option that transforms the journey itself into an authentic and highly rewarding travel experience. With unique access to the vast European rail network - representing more than 35 railroad operators throughout the continent, Rail Europe Inc. offers the widest range of point-to-point rail tickets, rail ‘n drive passes, high-speed train tickets, sightseeing passes, city passes and hotel and rail packages available to Canadian customers.

Online Heritage

As the global technology landscape changed with the dotcom boom, in 1990 Rail Europe Inc. was an early leader in the travel industry with the launch of Euronet, an innovative proprietary rail reservation system which allowed travel agents to book rail passes, confirm reservations and approve credit card transactions. By 1996, the success of Euronet led the company to develop an online site which allowed consumers to book rail tickets and passes directly. The site was later recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as the best site for European train travel, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance rated it among the top 25 travel sites overall.

About Rail Europe

Established in 1932, Rail Europe is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America. The company encourages travelers to make train travel a part of their European travel experience.

Press contact:
Samina Sabir
pr@raileurope.com
Phone: 914-989-3385