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Ctrip partners with Korean national rail operator Korail

Author: Vicky Karantzavelou / Date: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:06
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With Korail joining Trip.com train platform, customers from all over the world will be able to conveniently purchase passage for Korea Train eXpress (KTX), high speed rail to visit locations throughout South Korea.

SHANGHAI - Ctrip Group (CTRP), a leading provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, package tour and corporate travel management and other travel-related services has partnered with South Korea's national rail operator Korail to provide the sales of Korean rail tickets making it easy for member to purchase Korean rail tickets in their local languages. The service will first be available on Trip.com, Ctrip's Asia Pacific focused one-stop travel booking service available in 13 languages and further expand to other platforms within the Ctrip Group. This cooperation marks the first time Korail has partnered with an online third party to sell rail tickets.

With Korail joining Trip.com train platform, customers from all over the world will be able to conveniently purchase passage for Korea Train eXpress (KTX), high speed rail to visit locations throughout South Korea. This partnership will particularly benefit foreign visitors to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang starting February 9th, who can take advantage and purchase high speed rail tickets to Pyeongchang, Korail also operates a high speed train connecting Seoul station and Incheon International Airport, enabling travelers to transfer from airport to city center in less than an hour. Starting on Trip.com's website, Korail tickets will also be available on the Trip.com mobile version in the months to come.

"We are thrilled to welcome Korail, South Korea's national rail operator, to our travel booking platforms," said Amy Wei, General Manager, Ctrip Group International Railway Ticketing. "With Korail's comprehensive range of travel options and Trip.com's convenient booking interface, customers from all over the world will be able to conveniently plan their trip to various cities around South Korea."

"We are delighted to be working with Ctrip Group in our first partnership with a third-party booking website," said Ahn Byeong Ho, Senior Executive Director, Passenger Business HQ. "With a huge consumer base across China and growing number of users overseas in Asia, it is the perfect platform to bring Korail services to the world."

The partnership with Korail marks a step in Trip.com's ongoing efforts to bring international rail services to its various platform. Ctrip Group will continue to pursue partnerships to allow users to buy rail tickets in a range of markets including Germany, Italy, Taiwan and more, further strengthening its position as travelers' one-stop travel companion.

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Vicky Karantzavelou

Co-Founder & Chief Editor

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.