Shake Up at Rail Europe Creates One Company with Global Reach
PHOTO: Rail sales organizations are converging in Europe as Rail Europe Inc. and Rail Europe 4A are merging. The TGV continues to roll. (Courtesy of Rail Europe)
Under a new arrangement, Rail Europe Inc. and Rail Europe 4A have come together under the leadership of the company’s new CEO Fabrice Morel. The change means that Rail Europe will now operate globally with a staff of more than 300 employees and with offices in White Plains (N.Y.), Rosemont (Ill.), Paris, Mumbai and a worldwide network of representatives.
“We are excited about this consolidation, as it will allow us to best serve our partners and customers,” said Fabrice Morel, CEO, Rail Europe. “With a global staff, we will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia.”
Morel is well known to the American travel trade thanks to his long tenure as president of Rail Europe in White Plains, before returning to Paris to head up the Railteam alliance of high speed trains in 2008 as its managing director. The statement released by Rail Europe promises “a more effective and efficient business model.”
Rail Europe sells more European rail product in North America than any other entity including rail passes and point-to-point train tickets. Selling to both travelers and travel agents, Rail Europe represents more than 50 different train companies across Europe. Rail Europe 4A is the largest distributor of European train tickets and rail passes in Asia, Oceania, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
In the new arrangement Rail Europe, Inc. and Rail Europe 4A will continue to exist as two legal entities, but as one consolidated organization. The new approach promises “a more effective and efficient business model, with the ability to maximize respective strengths and is fully supported by the Shareholders of both entities, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and VSC Group, the distribution subsidiary of the French National Railways (SNCF).”
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