Enterprise Opens Spokane Airport Location

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car has opened a new location at the Spokane International Airport. Known as the non-airport rental car company, Enterprise recently began expanding its airpo...

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Dollar.com Adds Live Chat Text

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Rent A Car, a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc., has begun responding live to online customer inquiries on dollar.com. Dollar.com users can click on one ...

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Harsh Weather Shakes Southern Rental Operations

FLOWOOD, Miss. -- In addition to the travel slowdown and economic downturn, car rental operators in the South have had to grapple with unusually fierce winter weather in recent months. Damage ca...

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Dollar Thrifty to Announce 4th Quarter Results Feb. 8

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. will announce fourth-quarter and full-year 2001 financial results before the market opens on Friday, Feb. 8.A conference call to review the c...

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ACTIF Reschedules Regional Conference

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. -- The Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF) has rescheduled its East Coast regional conference for April 9-11 at the Resorts Hotel and Cas...

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Avalon Names Harley President, COO

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Avalon Global Group Inc., the parent company of Payless Car Rental System Inc., has appointed travel industry veteran Michael J. Harley the company's new president and chi...

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Dollar Ends Thumbprinting Pilot Program

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Rent A Car announced it will immediately halt its pilot program to thumbprint customers in 17 test cities because the program failed to produce the expected cost-savings. ...

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Hertz Opens Second Shared Car Facility

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hertz has opened its second "shared-car" facility at the Colma BART station in the San Francisco Bay area, providing local residents with a car-sharing rental program for a mont...

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ANC Merges Sales Force for Both Brands

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- ANC Rental Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, has decided to merge its sales force for both of the company's brands -- National and Ala...

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Payless Launches Programs for Business Travelers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Payless Car Rental System Inc. has introduced a new corporate account program and an enhanced Passport Club program for owners of small businesses. Both programs offer a ...

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Dollar Thrifty Trims Employee Benefits, Pay

TULSA, Okla. -- In an effort to cut costs, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. announced it is suspending all merit pay increases for 2002 and suspending the company match for employee 401(k) p...

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Budget Reportedly in Talks for Sale

NEW YORK -- Reuters news service has reported that Cendant Corp. is in negotiations to acquire Budget Group. Cendant is the parent company of Avis Rent A Car System.According to Reuters, sources...

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Thrifty Endorses BMS Software for Latin American Licensees

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Rent-A-Car System Inc. has named Windows-based BMS software, available from Orion Systems/BMS, the preferred counter automation system for Thrifty's Caribbean, Mexico and...

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Budget's Holiday Business Down Just 4%

LISLE, Ill. -- Following several weeks of improving rental and reservation trends since Sept. 11, rentals for Budget Rent a Car during the Christmas and New Year holidays were strong, averaging ...

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Payless Offers $20.02 Internet Special

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Payless Car Rental System Inc. is offering an Internet special on compact cars for only $20.02 per day when the vehicle is booked online for travel between Jan. 1 and Feb....

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TIA Predicts 8.4% Drop in Winter Travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Travel Industry Association's latest post-Sept. 11 travel indicator predicts that travel during the winter 2001-2002 season will be down 8.4% compared to last year. The q...

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ACTIF Regional Conferences Scheduled

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – The Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF) has scheduled its 2002 regional conferences for Feb. 19-21 in Las Vegas and March 19-21 in Atla...

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SBA Expands Eligibility for Loans

NEW YORK – In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Small Business Administration has expanded eligibility for its Sept. 11 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. In some cases, businesses beyond the ...

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Plan Seeks to Double Car Rental Tax in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Franklyn Gimbel, chairman of the Wisconsin Center District Board, has proposed doubling the county car rental tax -- from 3% to 6% -- to help fund expansion of the Midwest Express C...

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Dollar Launches Thumbprinting Pilot Program

TULSA, Okla. -- In an effort to prevent credit card fraud and vehicle theft, Dollar Rent a Car in late October launched a pilot program that requires customers to leave their thumbprint on the r...

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