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Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2016
A three year partnership has been announced between SilverRail and Concur. SilverRail provides innovative technology businesses to enable travellers to search, plan and book rail globally. Concur is the world’s leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services.
SilverRail’s SilverCore platform provides a simple, cost-effective way to implement a complete rail booking and ticketing solution. The SaaS API is designed to greatly reduce the complexity involved in selling rail by providing a single, integrated service for shopping, booking, and purchasing tickets across multiple carriers. This enables Concur to display rail content in a consistent manner, regardless of rail carrier or point of sale, and provide a simple and efficient user experience.
Rail is a fundamental part of European travel and therefore a fundamental product when catering to a European business travel customer base. The investment in high speed rail has driven its popularity as journey times between key city pairs diminish; 80% of travellers now prefer to take the train over the plane when journey time is less than 2.5 hours. This has resulted in significant market share shifting from air to rail. Eurostar now claims more than 75% of the combined rail/air market on its main routes, and Italy has just revealed that since the introduction of high speed rail in 2009, demand has increased by 65%. On top of a reduction in journey time, European rail is often the most cost effective option, greener, city centre and offers a more productive journey.
Michael Kantor, Concur’s Director of Supplier Services, said that, rail is a key part of European travel, and so expansion into the market is a vital part of their global rail strategy, ensuring they are able to deliver all possible travel options to their business travellers. Speaking about SilverRail specifically he said, SilverRail currently offers content for multiple European markets through a single API, making them the ultimate partner in terms of expertise and support for serving Concur’s appetite for European rail content.
Cameron Jones, Chief Commercial Officer at SilverRail commented that, they are delighted to be partnering with Concur, and helping them to become a truly global business. SilverRail is currently connected to a number of markets globally, with an appetite for more European rail content, this aligns well with Concur’s current focus and strategy; creating a great alliance between SilverRail and the world’s fastest growing Online Booking Tool.