Surcharge May Fund Further McCormick Place Expansion

CHICAGO -- The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which operates McCormick Place and Navy Pier, is proposing to extend a 6% car rental surcharge to help fund an $800 million expansion o...

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National Loses Arena Naming Rights

WILMINGTON, Del. -- A federal bankruptcy court judge in August ruled that National Car Rental must give up its naming rights for the Florida Panthers' arena. According to the Panthers' organizat...

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Cendant to Expense Stock Options

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Cendant Corp., which owns Avis and is in the process of acquiring Budget Group, announced it will expense future stock option grants beginning Jan. 1, 2003.The company said it ...

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Advantage Upgrades Booking Connectivity

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Advantage Rent-A-Car has enhanced its booking automation so that global distribution systems, such as Sabre, have direct access to Advantage's database of rates and informa...

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Cendant Agrees to Acquire Budget Group

New York, N.Y. -- Cendant Corp., owner of Avis, has agreed to acquire nearly all of Budget Group's assets for $107.5 million in cash. The deal also calls for Cendant's payment of certain transac...

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Alamo Resumes TV Advertising

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- ANC Rental Corp.'s new $10 million advertising campaign for its Alamo brand includes four TV commercials. Ad firm DG&A, based in Santa Monica, Calif., created the campai...

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Ohio Supreme Court to Rule on Columbus Tax

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Car rental operators here are awaiting an Ohio Supreme Court decision on whether a new $4-a-day car rental tax will take effect or go before a public vote.Because $4 a day repr...

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Advantage to Serve John Wayne Airport

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Advantage Rent-A-Car now provides service to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif. The company has opened a location at the nearby Hilton Hotel. Customers can board the Ai...

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Avis, Leisure Travel Group Enter Agreement

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System and Leisure Travel Group (LTG) have entered into a preferred supplier agreement for Avis to provide car rental services at negotiated rates to LTG's mo...

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Oakland Port Commission Imposes Wage Minimums

OAKLAND, Calif. -- After more than three months of debate, the Port of Oakland Commission has decided that the city's new "living wage" ordinance applies to car rental employees at Oakland Inter...

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PT Cruisers, Highlanders Recalled

DETROIT -- The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler is recalling nearly every PT cruiser ever built to repair problems that could cause fuel leaks. The only models not included in the recall are th...

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Consolidated Facility Planned for Portland Jet Port

PORTLAND, Maine -- Construction of a $37 million six-level parking garage, the first level of which will accommodate car rental counters, is under way at the Portland International Jet Port. The...

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Payless Promotion Rewards Customers Traveling on 9/11

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Payless Car Rental System is offering the first day free when a car rental is secured at participating on-airport locations in the U.S. Sept. 9-13."While the events of la...

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Boston Rental Taxes Highest Among Major Airports

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Among the nation's top-50 car rental airport markets, Boston charges the highest level of car rental taxes and surcharges. Today, taxes and surcharges typically make up abo...

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DTAG Reports 41% Jump in Net Income

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group reported that net income for the second quarter was $17.5 million, or $.70 per diluted share, representing a 41% jump. For the comparable quarter ...

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Avis Provides Interface With Four GDS Systems

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis Rent A Car System Inc. announced it has partnered with all four major global distribution systems (GDS) to provide direct access to its reservation system. In an effort ...

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Dollar Florida President to Head Tourism Board

TAMPA, Fla. -- Dollar Rent A Car Florida President Peter Guptill has been elected chairman of the board of directors for Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing corporation. Guptill will pr...

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Budget Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

LISLE, Ill. -- Budget Group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Monday, July 29, citing the need to reduce its non-vehicle debt and secure new capital investmen...

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Thrifty, Walmart Partner for Flat Rate Rental Plan

BRISBANE, Calif. -- Walmart.com and Thifty Car Rental have entered into an exclusive marketing and sales agreement to provide anytime, anywhere flat-rate pricing for Thrifty's compact and interm...

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Enterprise Redesigns Web Site

ST. LOUIS -- In an effort to make renting a car online even easier, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has rolled out a redesigned Web site at www.enterprise.com. Now making online rental car reservations at...

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