Avis Launches Florida Shopping Spree Promo

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Avis has partnered with Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Fla., one of the country's top five malls, to offer a special promotion for travelers from several Latin American and Carib...

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Sabre and Yahoo Announce Multi-Year Strategic Alliance

SOUTHLAKE, Texas -- Sabre Holdings Corp. and Yahoo Inc. announced that Yahoo, Sabre and its wholly owned subsidiary, Travelocity, have entered into a strategic alliance.The new agreement include...

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Travelocity Study Predicts Heavy Summer Travel

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A new poll from Travelocity concludes that 90% of those surveyed plan to take an out-of-town summer vacation this year, a 9% increase from 2001. Of those traveling, more tha...

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Enterprise Finishes First in J.D. Power & Associates Study

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Amid a tumultuous year for rental car companies, Enterprise Rent-A-Car finds competitive pricing to be key in satisfying customers, according to the J.D. Power and As...

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Payless to Continue All Agency Commissions

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bucking the industry trend, Payless Car Rental announced this week that it will continue to pay travel agency commissions on corporate and government accounts with individ...

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Thrifty Redesigns Web Site, Relaunches Contest

TULSA, Okla. -- Thrifty Car Rental recently celebrated the redesign of its Web site (www.thrifty.com) by offering 92 weeks of free rentals. The response to the original sweepstakes that ended Ma...

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Study Finds 19% of Customers Always Buy CDWs

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio –- In a new survey of rental car customers, 19% said they always buy collision damage waivers at the counter, and another 19% said they sometimes buy them.Conducted by the...

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Court Rejects Efforts to Block ANC Consolidation

WILMINGTON, Del. -- ANC Rental Corp. won a key bankruptcy court ruling May 22, when a judge rejected attempts by Hertz and Avis to block their competitor from combining its Alamo and National op...

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Rental Facility Financing at Issue in Rhode Island

WARWICK, R.I. -- The Rhode Island Airport Corp., which operates T.F. Green Airport here, has scheduled a meeting with local car rental companies for May 22 to discuss plans for a $168 million co...

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Online Bookings Expected to Total >$7 Billion by 2007

NEW YORK -- According to a study by Jupiter Media Metrix, online car rental bookings are expected to grow from $2 billion in 2001 to more than $7 billion in 2007, representing 24% of all car ren...

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Alamo Launches Prepaid Program

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Alamo, the leisure-focused brand of ANC Rental Corp., has launched a new U.S. prepaid program for leisure travelers. Alamo is offering 10% commission to all travel agent...

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Hertz Reports $48 Million Loss in First Quarter

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Hertz reported a first quarter loss of $48 million. In comparison, the company lost $4 million in the first quarter of 2001. According to Ford Motor Co.'s quarterly report, t...

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Detroit Airport at Center of Power Struggle

DETROIT -- Like other concessionaires at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport, on-airport rental operators there await a court decision on which government body -- the Wayne County Board of Commission...

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Thrifty Opens In-Terminal at Chicago O'Hare

TULSA, Okla. - Thrifty Car Rental announced it will begin operating from in-terminal counter facilities at Chicago O'Hare's three main terminals beginning May 13.The new counter locations inside...

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ANC to Combine Operations in Four More Airports

WILMINGTON, Delaware -- A bankruptcy court on May 3 cleared the way for ANC Rental Corp. to combine its Alamo and National operations at four additional airports. The airports are located in Las...

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Study Indicates Travel Rebounding

WASHINGTON -- The travel industry is shaking off the aftershocks of 9/11, and both business and leisure travelers expect to hit the road more in the months ahead, according to a new study by Yes...

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Hertz Locations Become ISO9001 Certified

PARK RIDGE, N.J. -- Several branch locations of the Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation have received the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO9001:2000 certification for qua...

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ANC Names Tanner Sales and Marketing V.P.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- ANC Rental Corp., owner of Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental, has named Travis Tanner the company's new senior vice president for sales and marketing."The appoint...

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Dollar Thrifty's First-Quarter Earnings Up

TULSA, Okla. -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. reported record net income of $12.1 million, or $.49 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2002. For the comparable 2001 first quarter,...

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Cendant Raises Full-Year 2002 Projection

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- After enjoying a record first quarter, Cendant Corp. now projects full-year adjusted earnings per share to be $1.36 -- representing a 30% increase over 2001 results. Cendant,...

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