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 March 12, 2015
Rail Europe, Inc. And Rail Europe 4A Consolidate As One Business Unit: Rail Europe

 Rail Europe, Inc., and Rail Europe 4A have announced their consolidation into one business unit: Rail Europe. Effective immediately, Fabrice Morel, CEO, will lead the combined organization.

Rail Europe offers an extensive array of European rail products, from rail passes and train tickets, to reservations, sightseeing tours and travel packages. Rail Europe, Inc. is the largest distributor of European rail products in North America and the one-stop shop for travelers and travel agents to plan and book European rail travel by combining the maps, schedules and fares for 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.

Under one business unit, Rail Europe, Inc. and Rail Europe 4A will continue to exist as two legal entities, with an ultimate goal to grow the business faster as one consolidated organization. This new approach will allow for 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).

"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, 7 days a week, covering the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and Asia."

Both entities will continue to offer the best service to their customers, from facilitating the preparation of the trip with useful information and innovative tools, to an unmatched level of after-sales support. When booking with Rail Europe, travelers are guaranteed to receive service in their local language and to pay for their tickets/passes in local currency, and e-ticketing options help to avoid long waiting times at stations once in Europe.

Morel has more than 20 years of travel industry experience, including leadership roles at both Rail Europe, Inc. in White Plains and Rail Europe 4A in Paris. His extensive rail experience includes the roles of Director of International Business Development at SNCF-Voyages (TGV branch of the French National Railways) and Managing Director of the Railteam alliance of European high-speed rail operators. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of VSC Group.

As one consolidated business unit, Rail Europe will operate globally serving travelers and the travel trade, with a staff of more than 300 employees and offices in White Plains (New York), Rosemont (Illinois), Paris, Mumbai and a worldwide network of representatives.

Rail Europe

Rail Europe, a consolidated business unit of Rail Europe, Inc. and Rail Europe 4A, provides travelers and travel agents with access to an extensive array of European rail products, from rail passes to train tickets, and expert customer service, 24 hours a day. A seamless way to plan and book European rail travel, sightseeing packages and more, Rail Europe customers are serviced globally within the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Asia.