has partnered with railway alliance AccesRail to launch Abacus Rail, a convenient tool for making rail bookings.
Abacus-connected travel agents can now book rail passes from major railway companies such as the East Japan
Railways, BritRail and German Rail, among other as well as purchase point-to-point rail tickets and airport express services in certain
new partnership with AccesRail means travel agents can now book rail with real-time access to rail schedules, fares and reservations.
"Abacus' move to offer more extensive rail content via our partnership with AccesRail is a natural complement to our other non-air content
such as 77,000 hotel properties and 23 car rental companies available via the Abacus Global Distribution System (GDS),"
Mr Craig Fong, Vice-President, Non-Air Content Associates at Abacus International said.
Mr Oddbjorn Taraldsvik, Senior Director,
AccesRail, added, "Abacus has shown they have the experience and knowledge of
diverse markets to assist us in extending our reach as well as creating increased demand. Although our member companies have an
established presence in their home markets, Asia is relatively unchartered terrain for us and we are delighted to partner with such an
experienced player to grow our footprint in one of the most dynamic markets in the world."
Since 2003, the sales for the Japan Rail East pass have virtually doubled. The Abacus and AccesRail partnership now gives greater access
to this growing product by allowing travel agencies to book and issue direct.
is available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia and India. In
addition, Japan's travel agents can also offer the Japan Rail East pass for international travellers visiting the country.
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