July 25, 2024

Focus signs formal partnership with the Rail Delivery Group

The Focus Travel Partnership has signed a formal relationship with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG).

An announcement said the agreement will allow “engaged, informed and insightful” discussions to “influence change at policy making level, specifically for the corporate market”.

Hazel Dawson, Commercial Manager of Focus, said: “Focus will continue to invest in its rail programme, which features highly across all of our TMCs’ product portfolios. 

“Our relationship with RDG will strengthen this programme and allow us to provide early insights into the growth and recovery of the business travel sector in the UK, as well as influence change for the future needs of the corporate market.”

Paul Bowden, Director of Commercial and Third Party Retailing at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We hope this partnership will help to further promote rail, attract new customers from both domestic and international markets and stimulate recovery.

“Taking the train is more than a journey, it connects travellers to the people and places they love which supports local businesses and makes our air cleaner.”

Pre-pandemic, the Focus membership’s total rail spend was in excess of £125m.

Focus said many TMC partners have seen domestic travel return strongly month on month, with rail out-performing other modes of transport in terms of growth.

Focus Travel Partnership is a consortium for the independent and SME sector and has 50 TMC Partners with a turnover of a £1 billion.