Breaks Record Set in 2000; Revenue up 17%
UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 13 /CNW/ - The Eurail Group, owner of the
popular Eurail Passes allowing unlimited rail travel in a wide range of
country combinations in Europe, reported a worldwide increase in sales of
18.3% in 2006 over 2005. With a total of 445,000 passengers, Eurail also
exceeded the 435,000 passengers who purchased Eurail Passes in 2000, the
highest since the company was created in 1959. Revenues for the group
increased by 21 million euros to 144.5 million, a 17% increase on 2005
Over the last few years, Eurail's popularity has been growing steadily.
Like most travel suppliers, Eurail was badly affected when the number of
overseas visitors to Europe dropped following September 11, 2001. As the
travel industry began to recover from its global decline in 2003, Eurail's
passenger totals rose commensurately with the rising number of travelers - to
not only reach but surpass pre-9/11 figures.
Eurail Passes are sold to non-Europeans only, and travelers come
predominantly from North America, Eurail's largest market at 53%, (Asia (25%)
and the Pacific (11%), regions that have all seen very strong growth. The most
popular Eurail Passes are the Eurail Select Pass (allowing travelers to travel
in any three, four or five adjoining countries) and the Eurail Global Pass
(enabling travelers to explore all 18 participating countries by rail),
representing 70% of all Eurail's sales.
In its unceasing quest to improve products and stay ahead of evolving
travel trends, Eurail has expanded its range of Passes with more choices to
fewer countries and shorter travel periods. As a result, the range of Regional
Passes (offering fixed two-country combinations) was expanded in January 2007
when Eurail added Austria-Hungary and Italy-Spain to the list, increasing the
total number of two-country options to 18. Additional expansions to the
Regional Pass range are expected to be announced within a few weeks. Finally,
Eurail's range of National Passes (good for exploring a single country by
rail) has been expanded and now includes Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and
Luxemburg), Croatia, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.
The EURAIL Group comprises 27 railways and shipping lines, as well as
several bonus partners. For more information about Eurail and to purchase, go
to www.Eurail.com or one of Eurail's authorized North American sales agents:
ACP Rail International (eurail-acprail.com); Flight Centre (flightcentre.com)
and Rail Europe (www.raileurope.com).
For further information:
For further information: Mrs. Ana Dias e Seixas, Marketing Manager,
Eurail Group G.I.E., Tel.: +31-(0)-30-850-0125, email@example.com