China Railway has selected Amadeus technology to distribute tickets and offers outside of the mainland.

Travel agencies using the Amadeus Selling Platform can now book and refund China Railway tickets in multiple languages.

The move comes at a time when the high-speed rail network in China has crossed 25,000km of tracks.

Last year, passengers travelling by railway during Chinese New Year and national holidays reached 382 million, according to Travel China Guide.

During these festivals and other occasions, high-speed rail is one of the preferred alternatives for regular passengers to reach their destination.

“Last year, passengers travelling by railway during Chinese New Year and national holidays reached 382 million.”

Amadeus said in a statement: “With rail becoming an increasingly important part of the travel network in China and the Asia-Pacific region, we are committed to helping travel agencies and sellers meet traveller’s needs, offering connected, multi-modal travel and maximising all sales opportunities across different channels.”

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The agreement between China Railway and Amadeus will enable passengers to buy tickets from local travel agencies.

The step is also expected to benefit foreign tourists and other passengers who can book tickets in their preferred language.

Additionally, the agreement provides the opportunity for travel agencies to maximise sale opportunities.

With growing the importance of rail travel in China and other Asia-Pacific countries, Amadeus is working to help the agencies and sellers to cater to potential travellers through multiple channels.

Recently, China Railway was reported to be planning to install at least 3,200km of high-speed rail.

Overall, it is expected to invest in 6,800km of railway tracks as part of the government’s plan to increase infrastructure investment.