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Unesco launches new travel platform World Heritage Journeys of the EU to promote sustainable tourism in EU
Coinciding with the European Heritage Days celebrations, UNESCO will launch the first-ever web platform dedicated to World Heritage and sustainable travel. Supported by the European Union, the platform features 34 selected World Heritage sites spread across 19 European Union countries, and it (...)
Luxury train to travel the length of New Zealand - unpacking just once
A luxury train carrying high-paying guests from Auckland to Queenstown over six days could be up and running within the next two years. The Antipodean Explorer venture is planning to buy 31 old carriages from Auckland Transport and refurbish them into "the world’s best moving hotel" for an (...)
MÁV-START seed transporting partner of the 17th FINA Word and Master Championship 2017
MÁV-START provides special offers and services to the thousands of participant and visitors who wish to witness the great swimming performances of FINA. The competitions and locations – the River Danube in Budapest and Lake Balaton at Balatonfüred – will provide unforgettable and life-long (...)
TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism
Can rail travel be re-visited as a means of sustainable tourism? The International Union of Railways has launched TopRail to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways, and scenic train routes around the world. With a series of workshops underway as part of the UN’s International Year of (...)
JR-East launches the Shiki-Shima Luxury Train
The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The 10-car train accommodates just 34 passengers in 17 suites. The train embarked on its maiden (...)
SBB launches the Gotthard Panorama Express
The Gotthard Panorama Express will operate on Mondays to Fridays between July 3 and October 20 and also at weekends from April 14 to October 22. Combining a 2 h 45 min cruise on a steamship on the Vierwaldstättersee with a rail journey over the famous Gotthard pass, the service is intended to (...)
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

Register now for the Second TopRail Forum to be held on 17 May 2019 in Naples, Italy
Register here: https://events.uic.org/2nd-toprail-forum The second UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC, FS (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) and FS Foundation entitled “The attractiveness of Rail Tourism” will be held in Naples on 17 May with a technical visit on a historical train (...)
Register now for the Second TopRail Forum to be held on 17 May 2019 in Naples, Italy
Register here: https://events.uic.org/2nd-toprail-forum The second UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC, FS (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) and FS Foundation entitled “The attractiveness of Rail Tourism” will be held in Naples on 17 May with a technical visit on a historical train (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways meeting held on 10 April 2019 in Paris
TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways was held in Paris on 10 April. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from the railway operators from Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Italy as well as representatives from the European and the World Tourist (...)
Register now for the Second TopRail Forum to be held on 17 May 2019 in Naples, Italy
Register here: https://events.uic.org/2nd-toprail-forum The second UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC, FS (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group) and FS Foundation entitled “The attractiveness of Rail Tourism” will be held in Naples on 17 May with a technical visit on a historical train (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways Steering Committee held on 22 January 2019 in Madrid
https://events.uic.org/2nd-toprail-forum TopRail, the UIC working group focused on rail's tourism potential, held its first meeting of the year once more in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Railway Foundation. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways group met from 13 – 14 September in Athens
The members of TopRail, the UIC working group created to help raise awareness around Tourism Potential of Railways, had the chance to meet again, this time in Athens. The meeting, effectively organised by our colleagues from Trainose, was attended by railway representatives from the railway (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways meeting held on 12 June 2018 in Paris
TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways was held in Paris on 12 June. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from the railway operators of Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Spain as well as representatives from the European and the World Tourist (...)
Italy: FS Italiane proposes development of railway tourism through soft mobility and sustainable itineraries by train
At the 1st TopRail Forum UIC in Barcelona Trenitalia: an integrated offer to visit the Cinque Terre Park and the Borghi più belli d'Italia (the most beautiful hamlets in Italy) Fondazione FS Italiane: historic trains for soft and slow mobility Development of railway tourism through soft and (...)
1st UIC Forum on Tourism Opportunities for Railways successfully held on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona
The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC (International Union of Railways) and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) under the theme “The Business of Rail Tourism”, was held at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre as part of the B-Travel Trade Fair. The TopRail project is (...)
1st UIC Forum on Tourism Opportunities for Railways – 10 days to go!
The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) under the theme “The Business of Rail Tourism”, will be held at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre within the framework of the B-Travel Fair http://www.b-travel.com/en/. TopRail is a (...)
KORAIL Tourism Development Team welcomed at UIC headquarters in Paris on 5 April 2018
UIC was very pleased to welcome the KORAIL Tourism Development Team, which is one of the interrelated companies of KORAIL in South Korea, at its headquarters in Paris on 5 April. KORAIL Tourism Development is a culture and leisure company which consists of five business units including Tour (...)
1st UIC Forum on Tourism Opportunities for Railways – One Month to Go!
The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) under the theme “The Business of Rail Tourism”, will be held at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre within the framework of the B-Travel Fair http://www.b-travel.com/en/. TopRail is a (...)
1st Forum on UIC Tourism Opportunities for Railways to be held on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona
The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) entitled “The business of Rail Tourism” will be held in Barcelona during the Tourism Fair B-Travel http://www.b-travel.com/en/ on 20 April with a technical visit to the new Railway Museum of (...)
Follow up of the MoU signed by UIC, the European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL), and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (...)
The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (Wattrain) represented by their President, Mr David Morgan, and UIC, represented by its Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 27 (...)
TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways Steering Committee held on 16 January 2018 in Madrid
TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways, held its first meeting of the year once more in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Railway Foundation. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from Austria, Hungary, UK, Italy, Ireland, Spain, as well as from Japan (...)
TOPRAIL 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris
The third workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TOPRAIL meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 3 October. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. The work session was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General. UIC was also represented by (...)
TopRail meeting held from 20 – 21 June 2017 in Barcelona
The TopRail (Tourist Opportunities for Railways), working group meeting took place on 20 and 21 June in Barcelona, kindly hosted by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). The meeting was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio (...)
The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL), the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (WATTRAIN) and UIC sign an (...)
The European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) and the World Association of Tourist Trams and Trains (Wattrain) represented by their President, Mr David Morgan, and UIC, represented by its Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (...)
Second Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris
The second workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TopRail meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 15 March. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, Ms Vanessa (...)
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, (...)