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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Enterprise Honored for Support of Employees in Military

ST. LOUIS -- The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recently honored Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the company's support of employees serving in the military. En...

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Enterprise Donates $250,000 to Tsunami Relief Effort

ST. LOUIS -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car's charitable foundation in January donated $250,000 to the International Red Cross to help in the massive tsunami relief efforts. "While our company does not...

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Internet Connectivity vs. GDS Connectivity -– Why You Need Both

With more consumers booking online, independent rental businesses need to invest in a professional-level Web site and to decide whether affiliating with a GDS chain code makes financial sense.

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Technology and the Path Around Resistance

How do you deal with resistance? First, let's define resistance. In high school physics, resistance was something that blocked the flow of electricity. In World War II, resistance was a group of people who tried to block the onslaught of totalitarianism.

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Complying With Data Security Standards

The continuing spread of identity theft and computer hacking has prompted an assortment of standards designed to protect consumers' privileged information, including credit card and driver’s license numbers.

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How to Create a Profitable Rental Business Online

An independent RAC's Web site needs to be more than an order-taking system. The site needs to foster trust by directly addressing customer concerns and needs.

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DTG's Dombrowski Promoted to Staff V.P.

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has promoted Stan Dombrowski to staff vice president of corporate operations. Dombrowski will oversee maintenance, warranty and operations inform...

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Budget Loses Vicarious Liability Case in N.Y.

NEW YORK -- The New York State Supreme Court has ruled against Budget Rent A Car and upheld a $20.3 million award in a vicarious liability case arising from a Nov. 29, 2000, accident in lower Ma...

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ACTRA Chooses CRX for Web Services

Kevin Miles, the 2005 ACTRA President, announced today that Car Rental Express (CRX) has been chosen to be the exclusive supplier of Internet services for ACTRA.

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Manheim Reports 1.5M Rental Cars Sold at Auction in '04

ATLANTA – Manheim's newly released 2005 Used Car Market Report indicates that a record number of rental cars -- 1.5 million -- were sold at auction in 2004. In addition, wholesale used vehicle p...

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Advantage Expands Mexican Operations

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Advantage Rent-A-Car has expanded its operations in Mexico, adding airport locations in Durango, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mazatlan and Veracruz. Advantage now has 12 locations thr...

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Hertz's 2004 Pre-tax Profit Totals $493 Million

DETROIT -- The Hertz Corp. reported a full-year 2004 pre-tax profit of $493 million, a year-over-year improvement of $265 million, according to Ford Motor Co.'s quarterly report released last we...

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DTG's Smith to Oversee Alternative Remarketing

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has promoted Ken Smith to executive director of fleet remarketing. He will oversee the marketing of fleet vehicles outside the company's tradition...

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