TIA Pow Wow Set for May 3-7

NEW YORK -- The Travel Industry Association of America has scheduled the 37th annual International Pow Wow trade show for Tuesday, May 3, through Saturday, May 7, in New York City.

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DTG Acquires San Jose Thrifty Franchise

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. has acquired the Thrifty Car Rental franchise operation in San Jose, Calif., adding approximately 550 vehicles to the DTG's corporate fleet.

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Average Retail Gas Price Jumps by 7 Cents

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline increased the first week of March by 7.1 cents from the previous week to reach 199.9 cents per gallon March 7 -- 26.1 cents higher than this time last year, the Energy Department reported.

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Search Engine Optimization Demystified

With long-term commitment and enough investment, you can dramatically increase the traffic to your Web site.

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Questioning the Logic of New-Car Sales Incentives

At this year's Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), Nissan’s Jed Connelly argued that incentives are not only taking a toll on used-vehicle residuals but also compromising R&D for future product.

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EV Rental Cars Partners With Fox

With a fleet of low-emission vehicles, EV Rental is giving environmentally conscious customers another option.

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CFO Stevens Named President of Payless Car Rental

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rick Stevens, Payless Car Rental Systems's chief financial officer, has been promoted to company president.

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Ft. Lauderdale Rental Center Opens for Business

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -– The $247 million consolidated rental car center at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opened for business Jan. 27.

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Hertz Local Edition Opens in Cape Cod Area

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Hertz Corp. has opened a Hertz Local Edition facility in Hyannis, Mass., marking the first suburban HLE opening in the Cape Cod area.

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Advantage Adds International Affiliates

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Advantage Rent-A-Car has expanded its global affiliations by adding locations in Italy and Slovenia, and extending new service into Jordan and Lebanon.

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Alamo Launches Family Vacation Sweepstakes

TULSA, Okla. -- Alamo Rent A Car has launched the "Alamo.com Family Vacation Sweepstakes," promoting its best-rate guarantee for reservations made online at Alamo.com. Consumers can enter to win one of 300 trips to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort online at Alamo.com.

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Expedia, Hertz Expand Relationship

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Expedia and the Hertz Corp. announced they have expanded their relationship, giving Expedia.com and Expedia Corporate Travel customers guaranteed best published rates on Hertz car rentals.

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Avis to Sponsor Women's Presidents' Organization

New York -- Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), a peer advisory group for women presidents, announced a new national corporate sponsorship with Avis Rent A Car System.

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DTG's Revenue for 2004 a Record $1.4 Billion

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG) reported its revenue in 2004 was a record $1.4 billion, a 16% increase over 2003's total. Net income for the year was $50.8 million.

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K.C. Consolidated Facility to Begin Construction

KANSAS CITY -- City Aviation Director Mark VanLoh last week unveiled plans for Kansas City International Airport's $90 million consolidated car rental facility, according to Associated Press reports.

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Online Booking Rate Higher Among Females

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Does your rental company’s Web site attract and appeal to women in particular? If so, you may have a competitive advantage. A new BURST! Media online survey finds that women...

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Avis, Budget 4th Quarter Rental Volume Up

NEW YORK -- Both Avis and Budget saw increases in rental day volume during 2004's fourth quarter -- 3% and 18%, respectively. But price reductions to compete with rental brands serving leisure t...

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Cendant Launches Booking Engine for Travel Partners

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Cendant Car Rental Group has launched a private-label booking engine for travel partners featuring Avis and Budget. The booking engine serves up a side-by-side comparison of ...

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GM to Make OnStar, Stability Control Standard Features

NEW ORLEANS -- General Motors announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention that two safety technologies -- OnStar and electronic stability control -- will become standard ...

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Sixt Expands in Asia Pacific Region

SINGAPORE -- Sixt AG, one of Europe's largest car rental companies, said it is aggressively expanding its presence in Asia Pacific and recently opened a support office in Singapore. "We believe ...

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