Women's Groups Honor Avis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System Inc. today announced the company's appointment to the Women's Business Enterprise National Council's (WBENC) fourth annual listing of America's Top Cor...

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DTG First-Quarter Net Income Down, Revenue Up

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. reported yesterday that net income for 2003's first quarter was $0.6 million (two cents a share) compared to $12.1 million (49 cents a share)...

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Thrifty Opens Larger Ft. Lauderdale Operation

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental franchise owner South Florida Transport has opened a larger facility to better serve its customers at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The opera...

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Avis Partners With Yankees

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System Inc. announced it has been named the 2003 official rental car company of the New York Yankees. The program features promotional benefits that include 3...

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Hertz Expands Presence in Chicago

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Hertz Corp. announced it has opened three new car rental facilities in Chicago and South Holland, Ill. In addition, the company has converted 15 existing locations into H...

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Terror Alert Level Lowered to Yellow

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The Homeland Security Department today dropped the nation's terrorism threat assessment level from orange to yellow. As a result, car rental facilities located near airport te...

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Dallas Operators Organize to Oppose Stadium Tax

DALLAS -- Car rental operators in Dallas County have begun organizing a campaign against a proposed tax hike intended to help fund a new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys. Spearheading the anti-tax...

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Abrams Concludes Non-Airport Market Key to Stabilization

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The non-airport market segment is playing an increasingly important role in the U.S. car rental market, according to a newly published report by Abrams Travel Data Services...

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Cendant Names DreamWorks Executive to COO Post

New York, N.Y. -- Cendant Corp. on Monday announced it has hired Ronald L. Nelson, COO for entertainment company DreamWorks SKG, as COO. Nelson also joined Cendant's board of directors. Cendant...

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$3 Rental Tax Bill Dies in Maryland Assembly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 90-day session last week without taking action on a proposed $3-per-transaction surcharge on car rentals. The bill (HB 142), introdu...

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License Verification Bills Tabled in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- State legislators here have tabled two bills calling for the rental industry to implement an electronic system for verifying customer driver's licenses. Bill supporters argued ...

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Dollar Thrifty Makes Fortune 1000 Cut

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (DTG) has made the Fortune 1000 list. The widely noted ranking by Fortune magazine recognizes America's business elite based on revenues. Dol...

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Vicarious Liability Reform Effort Sets Sights on Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. -- A coalition of vehicle rental and leasing companies this month launched an aggressive lobbying campaign for federal legislation that would override state vicarious liability l...

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Jury Awards Former Enterprise Controller $4 Million

ST. LOUIS -- A jury awarded former Enterprise corporate controller Thomas Dunn $4 million on Friday in his wrongful-termination case. Enterprise said the company plans to appeal the St. Louis Co...

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Abrams Travel Data Moves to Accommodate Growth

Abrams Travel Data Services, a market research firm serving the auto rental and travel industries, has moved its headquarters office to accommodate expanded research capabilities. The new addres...

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Cendant Appoints Ceille to Travel Sales Position

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Cendant Car Rental Group Inc. has named Kaye Ceille vice president of travel industry relations. In her new role, Ceille will oversee domestic travel industry sales for both ...

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Enterprise Names Manager for Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car promoted Greg Kennedy to regional manager in Orange County, Calif. He's now responsible for 23 locations. Kennedy succeeds Kelly Tofolo, who was pr...

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RAC Loses $300,000 Corporate Account to FBI Sting

SAN DIEGO -- You know you're in for a tough day when your $300,000-per-year corporate account is reduced to an anecdote in an FBI press release. But that's what happened to one unidentified rent...

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ARNU Launches ‘Rental Challenge’

TORRANCE, Calif. – Auto Rental News University on May 12 will launch "ARNU Rental Challenge," mixing online learning and competition in a free Web-based game format. ARNU Rental Challenge is pat...

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Texas Senate Passes Dallas Stadium Tax Bill

AUSTIN, Texas – In a setback for Dallas area rental operators, the Texas Senate on April 3 overwhelmingly passed a bill that would raise Dallas County car rental tax limits to 6% in order to hel...

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