Tuesday 13 March 2018

1st Forum on UIC Tourism Opportunities for Railways to be held on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona

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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 Catalunya on 21 April.

TopRail is a project of the International Union of Railways, UIC, dedicated to the field of Rail Tourism at international level. The approach is very broad encompassing different areas: train-cruises, panoramic trains, railway heritage, etc. http://toprail.org/

After several years of workshops and internal meetings, the TopRail member group has decided to open its activity to the public and get in touch with the rest of the stakeholders interested in the business opportunities derived from rail tourism. That is why in 2018 and with the collaboration, among others, of the Fira de Barcelona, the first TopRail Forum will take place within the framework of the B Travel fair.

TopRail Forum was created with the aim of establishing itself as the international event of reference for Railway Tourism in its broadest sense. The business vision will be very present and is intended to be the meeting point of all the actors involved: from the railway industry (operators, manufacturers) and the tourism industry (tour operators, wholesalers) to international, national and regional policy makers, to the final customer.

In this first edition, the programme will consist of a single intense day of morning and afternoon sessions, complemented by a visit on Saturday to the new Vilanova Railway Museum.

Tourism is an inherent activity of the railway of the future, necessarily linked to its image and the customer experience. Rail tourism is intimately linked to sustainable tourism, regional development and the preservation of heritage, which will be the topics to be discussed in the three panels of the Forum.

The attendees will learn about the latest news in this special type of tourism at global level from the handful of representatives from all parts of the world, such as India, Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, among others. The event will feature presentations from operators, tour operators and institutions at the highest level willing to share ideas about the future of the different tourism experiences linked to the railway through three round tables. Likewise, there will be appropriate moments to favour networking among the participants. They will also have free access to B Travel Fair and to the technical visit on Saturday.

More information about the programme and online registration is already available at


For further information please contact Vanessa Perez, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:


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