DTG Names MacNeil New GM for Houston

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has named Carol MacNeil general manager for Houston operations. MacNeil was previously city manager for Dollar's operations at Houston's George B...

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Thrifty Expands Middle Eastern Presence

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. announced that Shary Rent-A-Car has become a master franchisee for the Thrifty Car Rental brand in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnersh...

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Understanding New York’s Car Rental Independents and Franchisees

The summer of 2003 saw independents and franchisees in the state scrambling to secure fleet insurance. Exposure arising from vicarious liability, combined with a hardened insurance market, produced a dearth of options.

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DTG's Cappy to Retire, Paxton Assumes CEO Role

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group President Gary L. Paxton will assume the role of company CEO and president next week, DTG's board of directors announced. Current Chairman and CEO...

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Enterprise Scores High With Small Business Owners

ORADELL, N.J. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car is among the most recognized and respected car rental companies by small business owners, according to a new study released by the Small Business Division ...

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Payless, Sixt Form Rental Partnership

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sixt AG and Payless Car Rental System have formed a partnership, giving customers of both companies access to an international network of more than 1,400 rental locations...

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United to Launch Low-Cost Service

DENVER -- United Airlines announced that Denver will be the launch hub for the company's new low-cost operation. The service will launch from Denver International Airport in February 2004.From D...

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DTG Expands Dual-Franchise Operations

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. announced that franchisees in Harrisburg, Penn.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. have opened new Dollar Rent A Car locations in addi...

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DTG Acquires Las Vegas Franchisee Operations

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group announced its corporate operations subsidiary has agreed to acquire nearly all of the assets of the Thrifty Car Rental franchise in Las Vegas. The...

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Hertz, JCB Partner to Promote Japanese Travel

TOKYO, Japan -- JCB, an international credit card brand, and Hertz Asia Pacific in Japan have forged a partnership to promote Japanese traveling abroad.The two companies announced they are focus...

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Avis Offers Chance to 'Drive Free'

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- As the fall travel season gets ready to heat up, Avis Rent A Car System Inc. announced its "Drive Free" promotion that lets renters earn a free weekend rental after they've r...

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Abrams Launches Technology Division

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Abrams Consulting Group President Neil Abrams announced the car rental consulting and research firm is launching a new division focused on technology.Abrams Technology Advisory...

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New York's Independents Scramble to Find Insurance

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With more rental fleet insurance providers pulling out of the New York market, and others offering cost-prohibitive quotes, hundreds of car rental independents and franchisees ...

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Alabama Voters Reject Tax Plan

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- By a two-to-one ratio, Alabama voters last week rejected a $1.2-billion tax plan backed by Gov. Bob Riley. The ballot measure called for a variety of tax reforms, including a...

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ZAP to Rent Electric Vehicles in Las Vegas Market

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Electric transportation company ZAP announced it has acquired a fleet of electric cars for future rental at various locations, including two sites on the main casino strip ...

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Avis Launches Program for Disabled Customers

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System announced plans to introduce a car rental accessibility program for people with disabilities. The program's ceremonial launch will take place at the up...

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Taxes, Surcharges Add Average of 24.4% to Rentals

FORT WORTH, Texas -- According to a new study from Travelocity, the average car rental customer pays an additional 24.4% in taxes and surcharges when renting at a major U.S. airport location.Whe...

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Study Says More Business Travelers Opting to Drive

ST. LOUIS -- Driving is increasingly becoming a preferred mode of business travel for regional trips, according to a new business travel survey commissioned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In fact, mo...

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Alamo, National Launch Operations in Argentina

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- ANC Rental Corp. announced that its Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental brands have launched operations in Argentina. The launch extends Alamo and National to Latin...

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Payless Schedules Joint Franchisee Forum

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Payless Car Rental System and sister company Payless Car Sales will host a joint franchisee forum Sept. 28-30 in Orlando, Fla.Speakers slated for the event include indust...

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