Cross-Channel business booms for Eurostar

Sales continue to skyrocket for high-speed rail company Eurostar, with a 7.5% year-on-year rise in passenger numbers for its services in the first quarter of this year, proving Brits' appetite for French holidays is still strong.

The company transported an impressive 2.15 million passengers across the channel between January and March of 2011, as a strong ski season, combined with an increase in business travellers as the economy continued to recover, sent demand surging. Total sales revenue for the year to date has hit £197 million, a 10.7% increase on the figures for Q1 2010. 

"We are pleased to report strong growth during the first quarter of 2011 in both sales and passenger numbers", said chief executive Nicholas Petrovic. "While market conditions remain uncertain, we have seen an increase in business passenger volumes with a particular uplift from clients in the financial services sector."

Leisure travel was also up, with Americans particularly getting in on the party as the French ski season came into its own. The total number of tickets sold to leisure travellers rose by a healthy 9.6% on last year's Q1 data. With the Easter break on the horizon and the royal wedding particularly ensuring foreign tourists will come flooding into London, the company expects revenue to continue to rise as tourists extend their wedding getaways into France.

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