Eurail Group Reports Growth for InterRail

By Eurail Group G.i.e., PRNE
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 - Half Year Sales Results

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, September 16, 2010 - Eurail Group G.I.E., the organisation dedicated to the
marketing and management of the InterRail product range has delivered a
combination of growth and increased profitability for the member railways in
the first half of 2010. Sales have increased by 11% compared the same period
last year, demonstrating that more and more Europeans are taking to the rails
with InterRail each year.

InterRail has proven to be a constant and 'crisis resistant'
product despite the negative effects of the recent global economic crisis and
the catastrophic effects of the ash cloud in April. "We believe that the
current economic climate is actually very positive for InterRail", says
Managing Director Mr. Rene de Groot. "Travellers are still very price
sensitive, so staying in Europe for a holiday rather than jetting abroad is
an attractive option for many Europeans. We continue to see a rise in sales
originating from the United Kingdom, indicating that the economy is
recovering there and suggesting that the concept of "staycations" is
expanding into continental Europe with the help of InterRail".

Eurail Group reports that 22% of passes were purchased by
families during the first two quarters of 2010; which strengthens the idea
that InterRail is for all walks of life, whilst bringing the magic of
InterRail alive for children. 73% of InterRail Pass holders continue to
represent youngsters under the age of 26 who have been synonymous with
capturing the spirit of InterRail for decades.

The introduction of the InterRail discount for 60+ travellers has also
proved a success story and the Eurail Group reported a steady growth of 5%.
"Tourism by train is often associated with so-called backpackers, so I felt
that InterRailing may be a little eccentric. This assertion turns out to be
totally unfounded" says Yvette Graf from Switzerland. "I am at retirement age
and I recently tried the InterRail experience out of curiosity. I discovered
that there were unexpected surprises around every corner and it's an
experience that I'll certainly repeat".

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Editors Notes

InterRail Passes are available from and all
participating railway companies

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