Advantage Expands Global Reservation Network

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Advantage Rent-A-Car announced it is expanding its global affiliations to include Grenada, Bolivia, Ireland, Italy and Greece."This expansion not only supports worldwide br...

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Chidsey to Leave Cendant

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Cendant Corp. announced that John W. Chidsey, chairman and CEO of the company's Vehicle and Financial Services Divisions, has resigned from the company. He will remain a consul...

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Avis Fourth Quarter Revenue Up 16%

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Cendant Corp. reported that Avis' revenue for the fourth quarter of 2002 totaled $592,772,000 a 16% increase over 2001's fourth quarter revenue of $510,969,000.The average leng...

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ANC Blames Reorganization Delays on Lawsuits

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. –- ANC Rental Corp. President and CEO William Plamondon said last week that competitor lawsuits, aimed at blocking efforts to combine Alamo and National airport operations, ...

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Payless Forms Partnerships to Aid Fleet Management

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Payless Car Rental System Inc. has partnered with A&R Management Consulting LLC and FleetMax Corp. to provide franchisees with operational support and fleet management se...

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Cendant Names Peebles to Marketing Post

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Cendant Car Rental Group Inc. announced that John Peebles will head up interactive marketing for its Avis and Budget brands as vice president of online and electronic marketi...

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Hertz Opens Six New England Locations

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Hertz Corp. has opened new car rental facilities in Fall River, North Attleboro, Revere, Somerville and Springfield, Mass. The company also opened a new location in Conco...

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Dollar Thrifty Employees Receive Profit Sharing

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (DTG) on Valentine's Day distributed more than $15 million in profit-sharing and incentive compensation bonuses. Approximately $6.6 million w...

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Thrifty Web Site Now Bilingual

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental's Web site, www.thrifty.com, now offers customers the option of viewing content in Spanish. For the first time, consumers can view the reservation section in S...

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Canadian Convention Planned

COURTICE, ONTARIO, Canada -- The Associated Canadian Car Rental Operators (ACCRO) will hold a car and truck rental convention May 25-27 at the Nottawasaga Inn Convention Centre and Golf Resort. ...

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DTG 2002 Revenue Reaches $1.1 Billion

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. (DTG) announced its total revenue for 2002 was $1.13 billion, a 7.9% increase over 2001.Net income for 2002 was $46.8 million, or $1.88 per s...

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Payless Opens Three Major Airport Locations

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As part of the company's expansion plan, Payless Car Rental System Inc. recently opened three franchise locations servicing major international airports. These include Oa...

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Enterprise to Use Reynolds Software Solution

SAN FRANCISCO -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Reynolds and Reynolds Co. announced the availability of Automated Rental Management System (ARMS), an application designed to make renting cars for...

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California Considers License Fee Hike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Assembly passed a bill last week that would nearly triple the vehicle license fees in California, despite Governor Gray Davis' criticism of the plan. T...

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ACTIF Joins Lessor Vicarious Liability Coalition

ACTIF announced it has joined the Lessor Vicarious Liability Coalition. The newly formed coalition promotes tort reform efforts to eliminate state laws that make lessors and rental car companies...

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ACTIF Investigates Credit Card Penalties, Policies

ACTIF President Jim Shapiro and Legal and Legislative Chairman Michael Towers recently met with both Visa and MasterCard to address such industry concerns as non-conforming charges, interchange ...

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DTG Acquires Hawaii Franchise

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG) today announced the acquisition of the Thrifty Car Rental franchise in Hawaii. Acquisition of the Thrifty locations in Hawaii comes just one...

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Orbitz Selling CDW

CHICAGO -- Orbitz's car rental partners have a new competitor in collision damage waiver sales -- Orbitz itself. The travel Web site, owned by five major airlines, has begun selling a damage wai...

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ACTIF Under New Management

ACTIF is pleased to annouce its new management company, The HARRINGTON Co. Founded in 1977, The HARRINGTON Co. is a professional association management firm, providing full or partial managemen...

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A Message from ACTIF President James Shapiro

As we proceed into 2003, we face a world with a lot of open questions. The threat of war and terrorist attacks stare us in the face, the economy continues in the doldrums, the travel industry, e...

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