UK rail content now available through GDS
Amadeus has joined up with train booking engine Evolvi to make UK rail content available to the business travel market.
Rail services will now be available to the corporate market on Amadeus's e-Travel Management (AeTM) product along with air, hotel and car bookings.
It is the first time they have been available through a GDS.
The integration could put Amadeus and Evolvi ahead of similar online booking tools (OBTs) such as KDS and Trainline.com.
Evolvi was designed by a travel management company to provide online rail bookings for the corporate market while Amadeus has been working on projects to provide UK rail content through its GDS.
"Weare confident that by integrating Evolvi into our corporate travel management solution we can help our corporate customers streamline their travel booking processes," said Una Bennett, director of marketing, Amadeus UK and Ireland.
"This latest enhancement to AeTM perfectly complements Amadeus' own investment in the development of new rail booking solutions for our travel agency partners."
A "single log-on facility" will give users access to Evolvi's suite of ticketing options, on-site ticket printing, National Tickets on Departure (TOD) and improved corporate accounts management.
New rail data will include the trip reservation number, departure and destination details, total trip price and the rail network provider.
Jon Reeve, trade relations director, Evolvi, said: "We believe that Amadeus' rail customers will benefit greatly from this partnership. From inception, Evolvi was designed with business travel buyers in mind and it has developed into a leading booking tool for the corporate rail sector.
"With the integration of Evolvi, rail booking information will be passed into AeTM, allowing the user a consolidated view of the entire trip.