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Europcar recognises best performing franchisees


Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

  • Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director
  • Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager
  • Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager
  • Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager
  • Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to address our customers needs: this is a strong asset we wanted to acknowledge and emphasize as we plan to develop further the Europcar franchisees’ network within the next years”, explained Marcus Bernhardt, Chief Commercial Officer, Europcar International.

Europcar franchisees’ network includes already 132 countries, with more than 6000 employees in over 1650 locations. Europcar continues to expand its network with several openings planned in the course of 2013 such as Puerto Rico, Singapore, Paraguay, Bolivia, South Korea and Vietnam.

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South Africa boosted by exposure to UK travellers


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented a cost effective broadcast solution alongside great support from partners such as Lonely Planet and tourist boards from across Southern Africa.”

UK January progress is even more remarkable given that in January last year the airline flew direct to both Johannesburg and Cape Town, since which it has dropped the direct service to Cape Town to focus on its network. The new campaign focused on the wide range of destinations across Southern Africa accessible via SAA’s Johannesburg hub.

The TV show has been hailed a success by broadcaster Channel 5 with nearly 4 million people in the UK watching, in turn engaging with SAA’s brand.

 

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Redizor Group to open new Raddision hotel at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow


The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest developing hotel firms worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has announced their latest addition, the Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, Moscow. The hotel features 379 rooms and is planned to open in the second quarter of 2014. It will be Rezidor’s 2nd hotel at Sheremetyevo. The group already operates a mid-market Park Inn hotel at the Sheremetyevo airport.

The new First Class hotel is held by Norwegian company Wenaasgruppen In Russia alone, Wenaasgruppen is the owner of 9 hotels with a total of 4,000 rooms operated by Rezidor.

“This agreement further strengthens our position as one of the leading airport hotel operators in Europe. It also confirms our commitment to the Russian market where we are the leading international hotel operator” said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. The group has 45 hotels with 11,600 rooms in Russia the CIS & Baltics, and further 29 hotels with a total of 6,700 rooms under development. In and around Russia’s Capital City Moscow Rezidor’s portfolio consists of 6 properties with more than 1,700 rooms.

The Radisson Blu Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel will be the only hotel featuring a direct walkway link to the international terminals. Apart from 379 rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will provide 2 restaurants and 2 bars including a 600m² bar on the 11th floor with a breathtaking view over the airport terminal. Supplemental services will include more than 43 meeting rooms which includes a 200m² multifunctional hall, a crew lounge, gym and sauna.

The recently refurbished Sheremetyevo Airport is the principle hub of Russia’s national carrier Aeroflot delivering the perfect transit point for international, regional and domestic travellers. The new AeroExpress train connects the terminals and downtown Moscow in just 35 minutes. Sheremetyevo serves more than 22 million passengers annually, and is set to increase further as it now has the biggest volume of any airport in Moscow or Russia.

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Dubai International sets new passenger number record


Dubai International has started 2013 in top gear, setting yet a further monthly record by welcoming, for the first time, in excess of 5.5 million passengers in one month.

Based on traffic reports issued by Dubai Airports, passenger numbers went up 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 in the same month in 2012. The majority of markets were boosted in January by holiday traffic as well as visitors to the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Air links continue to be extended between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012. During the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh whilst flydubai broadened its network to encompass Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk.

Saudi Arabian Airlines, in the meantime, added flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair launched flighta between Riyadh and Dubai.

“January’s record passenger numbers confirm that the growth trajectory recorded last year has continued into 2013 and Dubai Airports has taken another steady stride towards the 98 million passengers a year we expect to pass through our airport by the end of the decade,” said chief executive Paul Griffiths.

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Budget UK introduces new luxury car hire service


Budget UK has confirmed the launch of its new luxury car hire service called Budget Premier.

With Budget Premier, customers can select from one of three different luxury categories to suit their personal needs and requirements. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and come with automatic transmission and the option to add an additional driver at no extra cost.

Once a customer selects a vehicle, they will receive their chosen model or a similar alternative upon collection, enabling them to hire a premium product without the premium price tag. These vehicles are available to hire at Central London, Heathrow Airport, Central Manchester, Manchester Airport and Scotland.

Kaye Ceille, managing director, Budget UK commented: “At Budget, we’re committed to providing our customers with a great choice of vehicles at even better prices.

“Budget Premier is a brilliant new service for those wanting to drive away in style without paying a premium, offering the very best in affordable luxury.”

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UK drivers need an International Drivers Permit in Florida


Confusion reigns over a change in legislation in Florida requiring all drivers to possess an International Drivers Permit. Whilst the legislation was initially passed to deal with the influx of travellers with non-English licenses, the legislation drafted includes all drivers, including those with an English licence such as those with Irish, British, South African and Australian licenses.

Whilst the DHSMV has indicated that it will defer enforcement, the fact remains that all non-US drivers are still required to carry an IDP and, there is some confusion as to whether a driver not in possession of an IDP will be insured in the event of an accident.

Even some car hire companies are reported to be unsure or unaware of the new legislation. Whilst others are simply refusing to hire cars to travellers without an IDP.

 

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Emirates Expands Glasgow Flights


Emirates will upgrade its 2nd daily Dubai flight from Glasgow Airport by introducing the 364 seat Boeing 777 aircraft on the route from 1st January 2013.

The inclusion of the 2nd daily Boeing 777-300ER, which replaces the Airbus A340-300, will result in a weekly increase in passenger capacity of more than 650 seats, as well as an extra 70 tonnes of cargo capacity in both directions every week. The second Boeing 777-300ER will also result in a constant product across the 2 daily flights to Glasgow with First Class Private Suites and lie-flat Business Class seats now offered on both flights.

Emirates was recently unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay. They have also secured naming rights to the Emirates Arena, Glasgow’s latest world-class sporting facility.Car Hire Dubai

Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ UK VP, said: “As a result of the popularity and success of the second daily flight to Dubai, the upgraded service will be bigger and better. It is not only great news for all our customers in Glasgow, but also for the Scottish economy.

“It highlights Emirates’ continued investment and support for the area since we launched the route in 2004, and comes hot on the heels of Emirates being unveiled as an Official Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Official Airline of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“No-one can be in any doubt that growth remains a key objective for Emirates here in Scotland. We can now seamlessly connect even more Scottish passengers to our extensive route network, without them having to travel via London or other European airports – and we are doing so in style with our Boeing 777-300ER.”

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Emirates’ twice daily service to Dubai is of huge economic importance to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, and it is no surprise that the second service has proved extremely popular since its launch earlier this year.

All types of the new aircraft are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system which provides 1400 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies, TV programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world. Passengers travelling in Economy Class are provided with a generous baggage allowance of 30 kg, First Class and Business Class passengers baggage allowances are 50 kg and 40 kg respectively.

Since 2004 the Glasgow service has carried almost two million passengers and over 46 million kg of cargo to and from the Middle East and beyond, helping companies across the region to export their goods across the globe.

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