2nd TopRail Forum

17-18 May 2019, Naples

What’s TopRail?

In the context of steadily growing international tourism, TopRail is a UIC project that actively promotes railway tourism products by increasing the visibility of service offerings. This is accomplished by fostering close collaboration between stakeholders and their customers to encourage railway tourism opportunities. Railway tourism is able to offer a wide range of tourism alternatives combining exclusivity, technology, luxury and sustainability whilst contributing to fostering local economies.

Scope (Target audience)

The governance of transportation services requires consensus that is essential for the image of countries as well as the tourism and railway industries. It is crucial to improve communication between stakeholders and promote collaboration on an international level.

The TopRail Forum will address key challenges and new tourism trends to provide an overview of the different dimension of railway tourism projects and services from a sustainable point of view. It intends to put together all the stakeholders in order to raise awareness of this market potential and contribute to the growth of existing and new tourist offers.

The objective of the second TopRail Forum is to bring together Rail or Tourism related industries, operators, institutions and customers to discuss increasing the attractiveness of rail for tourists and for communities.

For more information check TopRail website http://toprail.org/


17 May 2019

8:30 Meeting at platform 24 - Naples Central Station

9:00 Departure with a historical train to Railway Museum of Pietrarsa

09:30-10:00 Registration & Welcome coffee

10:00-10:45 Welcome Session

  • Mauro Moretti, President, FS Foundation
  • François Davenne, Deputy Director General, UIC
  • Carles Casas, Chairman, TopRail

10:45-13:00 Panel I Making rail attractive for tourists

  • Tim Fairhurst, Secretary General, ETOA - European Tourism Association
  • Lyublena Dimova, Research Project Manager, European Travel Commission
  • Pascal Deyrolle, General Manager, Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond
  • Andrea Giuricin, CEO, Tra Consulting
  • Renzo Iorio, CEO, NUGO

Open discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch & Guided 3D visit

14:00-16:00 Panel II Making rail attractive for the communities

  • Massimiliano Astrologo, Chairman, Eurail Group
  • Inara Watson, PhD Researcher, London South Bank University
  • Serafino Lo Piano, Head of Sales for High Speed and Long-Distance, Trenitalia
  • Vito Borrelli, Acting Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Italy

Open discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Panel III Making rail attractive for tourist and communities: a rail operator view

  • Pietro Diamantini, Campania Regional Manager Trenitalia
  • Stefan Andermatt, Chef SBB Foundation
  • Laura Massera, project leader for touristic product development and regional quality in southern Switzerland, SBB
  • Yasunari Nakajima, Director of the Paris office, Japan Railways

Open discussion

18:30-19:00 Closing session

  • Luigi Cantamessa, Director General, FS Foundation

Dinner – Pavillon A, Pietrarsa

18 May 2019, Visit of the archaeological site, Pompeii

09:00 Meeting at platform 24 - Naples Central Station
09:35 Departure with historical train to Pompeii
13:15 Back to Naples Central Station
14:00 Arrival at Naples Central Station


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  • All prices are VAT included.
Fees include:
  • All conference sessions on 17/05/19;
  • Lunch on 17/05/19;
  • Dinner at the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa on 17/05/19;
  • Pompeii visit on 18/05/19.


National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa
Traversa Pietrarsa - 80146 – Napoli

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Vanessa Perez


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