AMTRAK TO LAUNCH DIRECT SALES SYSTEM TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS
Partnership with Wandrian improves access in 40 countries
WASHINGTON – Travel agents and tour operators in 40 countries will soon be able to purchase Amtrak train tickets through a new web-based booking system. RailAgent, developed by Wandrian, will directly connect agents to Amtrak’s own reservation system.
Amtrak is now inviting agents to register for the system that will become operational at the beginning of 2007.
RailAgent will streamline the worldwide distribution of Amtrak’s rail products, allowing international travel professionals to book tickets and passes in real time, print ticket information for the first time, and receive higher commissions than ever before.
“We anticipate that this system will increase sales by reaching numerous Wandrian retail and business-to-business customers in over 40 countries, including the U.K., Australia, Japan, Germany and Canada,” said Barbara Richardson, Amtrak’s vice president of sales and marketing. “By working with Wandrian to provide direct connectivity, we are addressing the needs of the international community of travel agents and tour companies, who will now be able to more effectively distribute rail to their customers.”
Amtrak RailAgent is made possible through the integration of Amtrak’s Arrow reservation system and RailAgent technology from Wandrian, a global rail distribution system. The solution gives direct connectivity into Amtrak’s reservation and booking engine to tens of thousands of international travel agents and tour operators. Direct connectivity means agents can quickly, easily and more cost effectively book rail tickets and passes and print ticket information for the first time.
“We are thrilled that Amtrak has chosen Wandrian’s RailAgent global distribution system to sell rail globally,” said Mike Fuller, President and Founder of Wandrian. “Our proprietary technology facilitates all aspects of the marketing and distribution of rail passes and tickets for the railroads.”
“Amtrak RailAgent service is expected to launch in early 2007,” said Christine Suchy, Amtrak’s senior marketing officer of international sales. “International agents interested in booking through Amtrak RailAgent can register now at www.amtrak.railagent.com.