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Voyages-sncf signs major partnership with Alitrip in China
The agreement demonstrates the enduring appeal of France and Europe for Chinese tourists and gives an opportunity to further promote the region as an excellent rail destination. “The agreement will help us expand our business in this key market, where we are aiming to sell one million train (...)
Royal Scotsman’s new Spa Car
Luxury spas are staples at most high-end hotels. But one hospitality brand’s newest spa announcement caught our attention for a very specific reason—it’s on wheels.
El proyecto Top Rail, de la UIC, estrena web
Top Rail es un grupo de de trabajo formado en el seno de la Unión Internacional de Ferrocarriles, UIC, que pretende dinamizar los trenes turísticos, especialmente los operados por las empresas integradas en ese organismo internacional. Tras varias reuniones de trabajo en los últimos meses, una de (...)
JR East Train Hokutosei to be Transformed into Train Hostel
In Tokyo, an old sleeper train "Hokutosei" will be revived in partnership with Tokyo Hostels. Come stay at a train themed hostel and experience a piece of history. This is a fun experience for train fans and tourists. East Japan Railway Company and JR East Urban Development Cooperation (...)
Vall de Nuria will open the 55% of the tracks by December the first
Snow has finally arrived at all Group FGC ski resorts. Vall de Nuria will open the 55% of the tracks and all the lifts. There is 40 cm of snow powder. The ski resort will also open the Parc Lúdic, the sledge tracks, Tubby and all the other services. Vall de Núria begins de season on Saturday 3rd (...)
London commuters stunned by Belmond British Pullman
Commuters in London were shocked and surprised on Monday morning when instead of trundling into the city on their regular service, they were picked up by the Belmond British Pullman and treated to a three-course breakfast, with bellinis. The Pullman service arrived at Ashford International (...)
TopRail workshop at the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference
This workshop is organized by the UIC Passenger Department TopRail project and the UIC Sustainable Development Unit. TopRail is a business-driven project that actively promotes world rail tourism by increasing the visibility of service offering, enabling close collaboration between stakeholders (...)

UIC eNews about TopRail

TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways Steering Committee meeting in Madrid
TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways, held its first meeting of 2017 in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Railway Foundation. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from Europe (Austria, Hungary, UK, France, and Spain), as well as from South Korea, (...) New UIC website on Tourism by Rail
UIC is pleased to announce that the new TopRail website has been launched: The TopRail website seeks to raise the profile of tourism by rail all over the world. It was created with latest information directly provided by its railway companies and has the ambitious goal of (...)
TopRail: Workshop on Sustainable Tourism in the Railways held during the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in October 2016 in Vienna
Tourism plays an increasingly important role in sustainable development which has been confirmed by the United Nations General Assembly by approving the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. TopRail project is moving forward with sustainable tourism (...)
13th UIC Sustainability Conference to be held in Vienna from 12 – 14 October 2016
The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, will take place in exactly one week in Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016. This programme will (...)
TopRail: Steering Committee held on 28 July 2016 at Paris UIC Headquarters
After the good result of the TopRail workshop held on 8 June at Paris UIC Headquarters, it was agreed to organise a steering committee to address the challenges of the project. Despite the difficulty of coordinating schedules, it was set as an objective to hold the meeting with those members (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railway Workshop held on 8 June 2016 in Paris
A TopRail workshop was held on 8 June at UIC headquarters. 30 participants from 13 different countries were present. Among the participants were railway representatives from Europe (Ireland Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, Poland, France, Spain), China, Korea and Japan and also a (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railway Services – Meeting in Moscow on 25 March 2016
In the context of steadily growing international tourism, the purpose of TopRail is to reduce the lack of visibility of railway tourism products and to encourage collaboration between stakeholders (railway operators, associations, institutions, railway associations, customers…). The main (...)