Major British independent agency Portman Travel has agreed a business travel contract with German train firm Deutsche Bahn (DB).
As a result, travel management companies (TMC) will be able to use DB's e-ticketing and ticket on departure information for DB's journeys in and around Germany, much like the agreement TMC have with French rail firm SCNF.
Portman said the agreement was a "significant" move towards its goal of creating a worldwide train system for its customers.
This new deal with DB will require Portman experts in its Tralee, Ireland "Centre of Excellence" to be given additional training.
Portman's senior VP of operations, John Dick, said: "European rail is increasingly becoming a more important part of Portman's service offering as our customers want us to arrange travel for all aspects of their trip.
"We are also servicing customers in various European locations in addition to the UK and it is critical we can offer them a full range of local products and services."
Copyright Press Association 2012