Although the current economic climate could lead us to predict a decline in rail bookings – specially among corporate travellers – the truth is that they are growing. And in double digits (14% up in the first quarter of 2009 according with the UK Guild of Travel Management Companies, GTMC in an article recently published by ABTN magazine ).
The reason behind this increase is only that now, TMC and corporations can book rail much easier. In this new revolution, at least for the UK, the role of companies like Evolvi, making rail content much accessible and easier, and the Travel Distribution Companies, like Amadeus, putting rail availability on the screens alongside other travel options.
This is just the beginning. There are major challenges to face, like the standardization of a rail booking. But step by step, rail is, paradoxically, taking off