In a groundbreaking move, Travelfusion (www.travelfusion.com) announces its recent partnership with VIA Rail Canada (www.viarail.ca). This agreement makes Travelfusion the first travel distributor in the world to offer both airline and rail data in a single application programming interface (API) call.
Clearly the start of a trend in growing rail coverage in all parts of the world, Travelfusion is especially excited to partner with VIA Rail. An environmentally responsible way to travel, rail has become a preferred transportation option for many travellers worldwide.
Moshe Rafiah, Travelfusion’s founder and CEO states, “We are delighted to work with VIA Rail for the Direct Connect distribution of their Canadian rail content to our worldwide agency customer base. Our model offers VIA Rail a cost-effective way to sell their content and provides our customers with the first solution of its kind that combines in a single XML API call, fares from airlines and rail with full comparison on time, cost and locations for travel.”
VIA Rail’s Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Steve Del Bosco comments, “We are confident that this partnership with Travelfusion to harness innovation in the use of distribution technology will facilitate multi-modal air-rail journeys by International visitors to Canada.”
Travelfusion is a leader in Direct Connect travel distribution systems and the world’s largest technology and content supplier for travel meta-search solutions. Travelfusion’s technology powers some of the world’s largest leisure and corporate agencies with direct links to over 150 airlines and now rail companies via a single XML API booking engine.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada’s mandate is to provide efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation – in both official languages. Every week, VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500-kilometre route network. The demand for VIA services is growing as travelers increasingly turn to train travel as a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible alternative to congested roads and airports. In 2008, VIA safely transported 4.6 million passengers – the most since 1989, when the networks of services was much larger – and set an all-time record of $299 million in revenue.