Eurail Group Reports Strong 2010 ResultsBy Eurail Group G.i.e., PRNE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
UTRECHT, Netherlands, February 24, 2011 - Eurail Group G.I.E., the organization dedicated to the
marketing and management of the Eurail Passes, reports very positive year end
sales results for 2010. Last year the number of Eurail Passengers grew by
11.9% compared to 2009, with a grand total of 427,000.
Sales for all Eurail Passes grew significantly during 2010,
with the vast majority of Global sales regions performing very well. August
was a record month, reflecting the global increase in travelers' confidence
with a high number of last minute bookings. Sales in the Pacific area
increased by 27% compared to 2009, Asia by 20% and South America by a
staggering 33%. Despite the effects of a still challenging economy in the
United States and Canada, the sales remained at the same level as in 2009.
Upcoming economic markets such as Brazil, India and China are increasingly
responsible for the continued growth and popularity of Eurail Pass travel.
According to Eurail Group's Managing Director, Mr. Rene de
Groot, the positive results in 2010 exceeded the original targets. "By the
end of June 2010 we could already see travelers' confidence returning through
rapidly increased booking numbers," he said. "With Eurail Group's final 2010
numbers now reported, it was a very pleasant surprise to learn that the 2010
numbers equal those of 2008 (the last pre economic crisis year). All
products, as well as travel to and within many of the regions and countries
in Europe were up by the end of the year. These are very promising indicators
for the future and we are confident in saying that we expect to welcome
around 470,000 pass travelers to the rails in 2011," concludes de Groot.
About Eurail Group GIE: The Eurail Group offers a range of
rail passes to suit almost all itineraries. Eurail Passes are available from
the following authorized sales channels: ACP Rail International
(www.acprail.com), Eurail B.V. (www.eurail.com), Flight Centre
(www.flightcentre.com); Rail Europe North America (
www.raileurope.com), Rail Europe (rest of the world:
www.raileurope.fr) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com).
To learn more, visit: www.eurailgroup.com;
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Press Contacts: Ellie Kingswell & Ana Dias e Seixas, E-mail: pressinfo at eurail.nl, tel: +31(0)30-7516-500. China: Eddie Yang, e-mail: eyang at holland.com, Tel: +86-10-5879-7656; India: Shilpa Sethi, e-mail: shilpa at repindia.in, Tel: +91-11-4166-9576; Japan: Harue Nakagawa, e-mail: hnakagawa at holland.com, Tel: +81-3-3222-0775; Korea: Monica Kang, e-mail: maxcom1004 at naver.com, Tel: +82-2-553-4696; USA: Brigitta Kroon-Fiorita: e-mail: bkroon-fiorita at holland.com, Tel: +1-917-720-1281.
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