DTG Acquires 16 Thrifty Franchise Locations

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (DTG) today announced the acquisition of the Thrifty Car Rental franchise operations in Atlanta, Houston and Ontario, Calif. These acquisitions...

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Houston Consolidated Facility to Open Aug. 7

HOUSTON -- Mayor Lee P. Brown was among the celebrants at a July 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $135 million consolidated rental car facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH...

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Former ANC CFO Joins Energy Company

BALTIMORE -- Kathleen W. Hyle, former senior vice president and chief financial officer for ANC Rental Corp., has joined Constellation Energy Group, a Fortune 500 supplier of electricity.Constel...

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Avis Rolls Out Navigation System Nationwide

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- Avis Rent A Car System and Motorola today announced a commercial contract making the "Avis Assist" phone-based navigation system available in up to 50 cities across the Uni...

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Judge Throws Out Verdict in Dunn Case

ST. LOUIS – In response to a motion filed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a county circuit court judge threw out a jury's $4 million award to Thomas Dunn, the company's former corporate controller who...

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Enterprise Partners With Minority Dealers Group

ST. LOUIS -- The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), which represents 550 minority auto dealers nationwide, has signed a national marketing agreement with Enterprise Ren...

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Payless Launches Customer Referral Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Customers of Payless Car Rental System Inc. can now receive $5 for each friend, family member or business associate they refer that rents a Payless vehicle. Customers com...

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Avis Revenue Down 5% in 2nd Quarter

NEW YORK -- Avis generated nearly $624.3 million in revenue in the second quarter, a 5% drop compared to the same period in 2002, according to Cendant Corp.'s newly released quarterly report. Av...

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Sponsorship Opportunity Just for Franchise Systems

Show your support for your industry and the Association for Car and Truck Rental Independents and Franchisees (ACTIF) by sponsoring ACTIF's booth at the 2003 Car Rental Show. For only $1,000, sp...

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Hertz Reports Earnings of $57 Million for Quarter

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Hertz reported pre-tax earnings of $57 million in the second quarter, compared with $72 million during the same period a year ago. Strong cost performance was more than offse...

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Enterprise Agrees to N.Y. Refunds of $2 Million

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Enterprise Rent-A-Car has agreed to refund approximately $2 million to consumers who purchased supplementary liability protection (SLP) in the state of New York during a five-mon...

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Ford Announces 2004 Fleet Incentives

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford has released the company's incentives for its national rental program. The incentives are available to eligible daily rental accounts with valid fleet identification numb...

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Cappy Set to Address Car Rental Show

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Organizers of the upcoming Car Rental Show announced that Joseph Cappy, CEO and chairman of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, will serve as the trade show's keynote speaker. T...

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DTG Closes Okmulgee Reservations Center

TULSA, Okla. -- Citing an increase in online reservations, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. announced plans to close its reservations center in Okmulgee, Okla. The company said it will try t...

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Hertz Local Edition Partners With FixUSA

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- The Hertz Corp. has partnered with FixUSA, the U.S. division of FixAuto, to provide car rental services to FixUSA's network of independent auto body repair centers.Through He...

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Avis Launches 'Try Harder' Contest

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Avis' "We Try Harder" tagline, the rent-a-car system has created a summer-long campaign to reward employees and customers who "try h...

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Travel Agencies File Suit Over RAC Commissions

SAN DIEGO -- Four travel agencies, along with a former travel agency owner, have filed a class-action suit against six major car rental systems, alleging that the RACs have routinely short-chang...

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California Triples Vehicle Registration Fee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In response to the state's $38 billion budget shortfall, Governor Gray Davis and his administration have tripled the state vehicle registration fee without a legislative vo...

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Hopes Raised for Toronto Travel Rebound

TORONTO -- The World Health Organization last Wednesday removed Toronto from the list of places affected by SARS, triggering hopes that the local travel industry will rebound soon. The decision ...

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Worldspan Sold, New V.P. Named

ATLANTA -- Travel Transaction Processing Corp., a newly formed company owned by Citigroup Venture Capital and Teachers' Merchant Bank, has acquired Worldspan, a major provider of technology and ...

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