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Meeting rooms on board high-speed trains in Europe

Work & Lifestyle

Thalys, the high-speed train that connects Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, is targeting business travellers with a new seating option in first class. Starting next month, the rail company will offer a meeting room for four people located at the front of the train. The meeting space, dubbed ‘Le Salon’, is a private room with four comfortable chairs and a conference table, plus standard first class amenities like complimentary wifi, meals and newspapers. Travellers need to book Le Salon in advance, with prices around 10% higher than four individually purchased full-rate first class tickets. Le Salon will no doubt appeal to small teams preparing for business meetings and conferences, as well as leisure travellers willing to pay a premium for guaranteed privacy, peace and quiet. In addition to helping customers make the best possible use of their time on board, Thalys recently launched for passengers interested in carpooling before or after their journey. (Related: Global business network with workspaces for membersSocial network for Air France-KLM travellersMeeting rooms, upgradedBarcelona Hilton hotel reserves rooms for a siesta.)


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