BERLIN, March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ctrip Group [CTRP], China's largest travel service provider has signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) to enable the sales of German Rail tickets on its various platforms. German rail tickets will also be available on Trip.com, Ctrip's new one-stop travel online booking website in the upcoming months. Trip.com members will be able to purchase German rail tickets in any of the 13 language websites. This cooperation marks a first for Deutsche Bahn to work with an Asia based online travel agency to sell rail tickets.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is one of the leading transportation and logistics companies worldwide. Each year Deutsche Bahn carries more than two billion passengers. Under the new partnership, Ctrip will enable customers to conveniently purchase passage for German rail tickets including high-speed rail tickets serving regions and connecting cities around Germany. The partnership allows for real time booking of print@home and mobile tickets and allow travelers to purchase German rail tickets at the low rates.
"We are excited to work with Deutsche Bahn," said Amy Wei, General Manager, Ctrip Group International Railway Ticketing. "Through our partnership, we are enabling our 300 million members to conveniently purchase German rail tickets, supporting travelers to discover all corners of Germany. We are always working towards expanding and improving our services and this partnership marks an upgrade in Rail product offerings. We will start the service on our new TrainPal platform and continue to expand to Trip.com and other platforms within the Ctrip Group."
"We are elated to be working with Ctrip Group to offer German rail tickets to travelers around the world. Through the partnership Deutsche Bahn is able to expand its global customer market, especially in China and Asia. Additionally, we anticipate valuable industry insights that both companies will benefit from, especially with the use of Ctrip's technology and big data," said Mathias, Hüske, Managing Director Digital Business DB Vertrieb (DB Sales).
The partnership with Deutsche Bahn is another stride in Ctrip's continuous efforts to provide upgraded international rail services. As a leading one-stop travel service provider, Ctrip Group's endeavors to cater to the needs of its members and provide memorable travel experiences.
Trip.com provides one-stop travel booking services in 13 languages online and mobile app. Trip.com is a part of the Ctrip Group, a NASDAQ listed company since 2003 (NASDAQ: CTRP) with over 30,000 employees and over 300 million members, making it one of the leading online travel agencies in the world. With more than 1.2 million hotels in 200 countries and regions, Trip.com has built an extensive hotel network to give customers a fantastic choice of accommodation. Trip.com's flight network has over 2 million individual flight routes connecting more than 5,000 cities around the globe.
About Ctrip.com International, Ltd.
Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings by aggregating comprehensive travel related information and offering its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip also helps customers' book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China.
About Deutsche Bahn AG
Deutsche Bahn is one of the leading transportation and logistics companies worldwide with a turnover of 40.5 billion Euros in 2016 and 2.055 billion passengers in Germany alone.
Furthermore, DB runs about 24,200 passenger trains daily on its approximately 33,300 kilometre-long, modern rail network. The fleet of ICE high-speed trains consists of 265 trains. With 220 direct connections to 150 foreign cities, Deutsche Bahn can be considered not only as a national rail carrier, but also as an international service provider.
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