travelfestlive.com – International Travel Info & World Events 2017-05-25T19:41:00Z http://travelfestlive.com/feed/atom/ WordPress admin <![CDATA[Alitalia Board approves 2017-2021 buisness plan]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1630 2017-03-27T13:35:27Z 2017-05-25T19:41:00Z Alitalia’s Board of Directors yesterday approved the airline’s turnaround business plan which includes a range of radical and necessary measures across the whole of the company to stabilise it and secure its long-term sustainability.

The plan’s funding by the company’s shareholders is subject to Alitalia’s trade unions agreeing to a new collective works agreement and headcount-related measures.

Airline management will soon present the board-approved plan to the Italian government and then meet with trade unions to explain the details of the business plan, headcount-related measures and resume talks on a new collective labour agreement.

Alitalia said it will reduce costs by 1 billion euros in the first three years of the plan by 2019 with reductions in operating costs and manpower. Alitalia will increase revenues, in the same timeframe to 2019, by 30 per cent from 2.9 billion euros to 3.7 billion euros.

These financial performance indicators are judged to be realistic and achievable by independent advisors and the projected figures would turn Alitalia into a profitable business by 2019.

The business plan actions are supported by ‘four pillars of change’; a recalibrated business model, costs reductions and enhanced productivity, optimisation of network and partnership, and develop commercial initiatives by utilising technology investments to drive revenue.

Cramer Ball, Alitalia CEO, said: “With the approval today by the Board of Directors of the second phase of our business plan we can now accelerate our actions towards turning around Alitalia.

We re-built our brand in the first phase and invested heavily in staff training and technology so we are now able to move ahead and implement wide-ranging changes.

The aviation industry is ferociously competitive and never stands still. Only through radical change will Alitalia’s fortunes be turned around.

We must transform this business into a dynamic entity that is attractive to customers who have plenty of choice for their air travel needs.

Consumers’ buying habits have been shaped by how low cost carriers sell their products. I am confident that the next phase of the industrial plan will represent the step forward needed, provided that all interested parties play their part.

The radical and necessary measures across the entire airline will secure our long-term sustainability which will only materialise if the airline is the right size, the right shape and with the right productivity and cost base.

We must do this, especially in our short and medium haul business in order to provide a platform to grow our profitable long-haul business further in the future.

This is a critical aspect because most of our customers fly on our short and medium-haul planes to connect onto our long-haul services.

If we can’t compete throughout Italy and Europe against low-cost carriers then we lose air travellers that connect onto intercontinental flights. Put simply, there is absolutely no alternative.”

Details of the four pillars of Alitalia’s second phase of its business plan are:

1. A recalibrated business model
Narrow body planes for the short and medium haul will see an increase in utilisation, extra seats are being fitted, buy-on-board and ancillaries services and more attractive air fares will be introduced in a concerted drive towards increasing revenue while stripping out existing costs.

Mr Ball said: “In the short and medium-haul markets – domestic flying in Italy and throughout Europe – passengers will be able to personalise their journey. We will simplify air fares and offer customers the opportunity to purchase products such as seat selection, checked-in luggage and priority boarding throughout the booking process, and all the way up to the airport gate. On flights that are four hours or less we will introduce the buy-on-board concept that is not only commonplace with low-cost carriers but is happening more and more at traditional, network airlines. We will offer our customers a choice of ‘made in Italy’ hot and cold food, snacks and drinks at competitive prices.”   

Alitalia’s wide-body intercontinental flights will be based on a full-service model and maintain an intense focus on costs and efficiency. In addition to Alitalia’s A330 fleet, the carrier’s Boeing 777s will be fitted with new in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi. Alitalia’s new flagship aircraft, a 382 seater Boeing 777-300ER, will join the long-haul fleet in August 2017

2. Cost reductions and increased productivity
Low cost carriers currently represent 47 per cent of the Italian air travel market, the highest market penetration in Europe.

Talks are already underway with a number of the airline’s suppliers to renegotiate contracts and drive down costs to levels comparable with the competition. Target companies are in sectors such as aircraft leasing, global distribution, in-flight catering, airport ground handling and airports themselves.

3. Network and partnership optimisation
Alitalia will rebalance its fleet of aircraft by 2018, reducing its narrow-body fleet by 20. The airline will increase aircraft utilisation with a particular focus on short and medium-haul aircraft. Alitalia plans to grow its number of flights from Italy to the Americas – one of its most underserved markets – and build its presence at Milan Linate, Sicily and Sardinia. The airline will re-evaluate its transatlantic options to try and fly more often on existing routes and to add new cities in the Americas.

4. Develop new commercial initiatives by utilising technology investments to drive revenue
Alitalia has invested 200 million euros in the last two years on new technology and it will now use the investment to improve efficiency and productivity to drive further revenue opportunities.

Mr Ball said: “Our investment in technology will enable us to develop new sales channels and this will contribute to increasing our revenue by 30 per cent by 2019. Consumers use tablet devices and mobile phones more than ever to manage their travel experiences, and we will make it easier for them to interact with the airline. About 20 per cent of our customers already use on-line ways to book their flights and we aim to increase that figure to more than 50 per cent. Our customers will continue to notice our enhancements and realise that Alitalia has become a different airline from the past.”

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admin <![CDATA[World Ski Awards honours Val Thorens with World’s Best Ski Resort title]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1582 2017-03-27T13:31:24Z 2017-05-23T14:04:00Z KITZBUHEL, AUSTRIA – Legendary French ski destination Val Thorens has taken the title of World’s Best Ski Resort at the 2016 World Ski Awards.

The fourth instalment of the red-carpet event took place at the five-star A-ROSA Kitzbuhel this evening, welcoming the elite of the ski hospitality industry to Austria.

Also among the winners were W Verbier, walking away with the title of World’s Best Ski Hotel, and LAAX, recognised by voters as the World’s Best Freestyle Resort.

Chalet Pont Du Cam was also honoured during the glittering ceremony, taking the title of World’s Best New Ski Chalet, while The Westin Rusutsu Resort took the trophy for World’s Best New Ski Hotel, Bergbahn AG Kitzbuhel was recognised as the World’s Best Ski Resort Company, and Ski-Lifts was awarded the title of World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator.

In a first for World Ski Awards, Hokkaido Backcountry Club took the title of World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator.

An extensive programme of events is taking place over the weekend, seeing guests invited to engage in three days of exclusive networking events, private skiing, sight-seeing tours and a host of other activities.

World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson said: “The 2016 World Ski Awards has been our most successful to date, firmly cementing our position as the global benchmark for ski hospitality.

“It has been a pleasure to recognise so many industry leaders here this evening and I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of public ski community, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence.”

In a unique presentation, the World Ski Awards Academy honoured Pierre Josserand, pioneer of the Val Thorens ski resort in France, with the title of World’s Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.

Voting for the 2016 Gala Ceremony closed at the end of September, with a record number of ballots cast by leading ski tourism professionals.

These were tallied alongside the votes of hundreds of thousands of ski consumers from around the world, with the winners revealed earlier this evening at A-ROSA Kitzbuhel.

The event saw industry leaders from around the world gather in Austria, with delegates from the Chinese ski community attending for the first time.

On a night of high drama, Switzerland-based tour operator Leo Trippi successfully defended the title of World’s Best Ski Travel Agent, while Bighorn claimed the title of World’s Best Ski Chalet and The Vale Niseko was honoured with the prize for World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel.

During the event Ski Dubai was also honoured with the title of World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort, while Sunweb walked away with the trophy for the World’s Best Ski Tour Operator.

The World Ski Awards programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet for each of the world’s top 25 ski tourism nations.

The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.

A number of categories exist on a world level only; World’s Best Ski Tour Operator, World’s Best Ski Travel Agent, World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator, World’s Best Ski Resort Company, World’s Best Freestyle Resort, World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort, World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator, World’s Best New Ski Hotel, World’s Best New Ski Chalet, and the special World Ski Awards Academy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.

Find a full list of World Ski Awards winners here.

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admin <![CDATA[Journese launches online itinerary tool for travel agents]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=513 2017-03-27T11:50:27Z 2017-05-22T01:01:00Z WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. – In an effort to jumpstart travel advisors’ vacation planning process with their clients, Journese has launched more than 60 sample itineraries across its worldwide portfolio at Journese.com/itineraries. Travel advisors can select itineraries among nine themes: Adventure, Culinary, Cruise/Train, Cultural, Family, Multi-Generational, Pre/Post Cruise, Romance and Spa/Golf. 

Travel advisors can peruse the itineraries to discover what best meets their clients’ needs, and then email the itinerary directly to their clients. Itineraries include hotel and room recommendations, transfer options, excursion descriptions, meal suggestions and ideas to explore the destination with a guide or on their own. In addition, travel advisors have the ability to contact Journese Destination Specialists and request a quote on the itinerary that best suits what their clients prefer. Travel advisors can add nights, change hotels, include activities, book transportation, etc. – the possibilities are virtually endless.

Utilizing the sample itineraries, together with value-add promotions including complimentary nights, resort credits, daily breakfasts and more, plus exclusive future travel credit offers, expert insider knowledge and incentives, travel advisors can implement their clients’ journeys with further ease in the entire booking process.

“Journese’ sample itineraries are designed to assist our travel advisor partners in the planning process, making it seamless and simple,” says Amy Comparato, Brand Director, Journese. “We want to showcase the diverse itineraries our Destination Specialists are capable of creating, while at the same time giving travel advisors a starting point to work with their clients on crafting dream vacations.”

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admin <![CDATA[Luxury Europe Outlook 2017 from Eurobound sees food and wine outpace art, culture]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1703 2017-03-27T13:47:22Z 2017-05-21T17:15:00Z Food and wine experiences are surpassing art and culture as areas of interest for luxury travelers to Europe, reports Eurobound, the boutique tour operator specializing in independent and small group travel.

“While art and culture will remain driving forces for European travel, upscale travelers want to expand their horizons with  new and immersive experiences that delve into food and wine,” says Brigitte Armand, Eurobound president. “We have seen a gradual increase in clients who want hands-on experiences such as cooking lessons and shopping at local markets with a master chef, hunting truffles, and visiting or enjoying stays at wine estates to sample distinctive vintages.”

Epicurean Collection Expands
Given the heightened interest in wine and food, Eurobound plans to expand its Epicurean Collection of customized packages to France, Italy, and Spain in 2017. Introduced in 2016, the Collection offers itineraries with accommodations in Italian wine estates, French chateaux, or ancient castles. Packages may feature special dinners highlighting regional cuisine, private visits to vineyards, personal meetings with wine makers, cheese tastings and cooking classes.

Italy Places First, with France a Close Second
Italy placed top (25%) in sales for Eurobound travelers in 2016, with France a close second (20%), Spain in third place (15%), and the UK fourth (10%). Ireland, Croatia, and Scandinavia are destinations coming up strong for 2017, reports Ms. Armand. While tourism to France experienced a slight downturn, Armand points out that this is a great time to visit, with museums and concert venues in full swing, and fewer tourists.

2017: Delving into “Hidden” Europe’s Smaller, Lesser-Known Areas
Eurobound’s 2017 plans call for expanding the company’s offerings into lesser-known towns and villages. “Much of our clientele are repeat travelers to Europe. They want to discover the ‘hidden Europe’ that most travelers don’t see, such as typical villages off the beaten path” says Jeff Roy, Eurobound’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing. 

The company recently introduced its “Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages” initiative of self-drive itineraries that include  Sardinia, San Marino, and the Chianti and the Casentino Valley in Tuscany. Roy notes that 2017 plans also call for adding new destinations in other countries such as  Germany and Portugal.

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admin <![CDATA[Uber is top ride hailing app in 108 countries around the world, new study and world map reveals]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1694 2017-03-27T13:41:31Z 2017-05-20T18:24:00Z Uber has emerged as the world’s most popular ride hailing app claiming 108 countries where it dominates as the most used ride hailing service, new research from digital market intelligence firm, SimilarWeb, reveals.

Using Android app data from 171 countries, digital market intelligence firm SimilarWeb, analyzed the most popular taxi hailing apps across the world, based on both reach (percentage of installs) and the highest daily use in each of these countries. The methodology declared an app dominant where it was the most used taxi app in the country and where the app is installed on at least 1% on all Android devices in that country.

Of the 171 countries which met this threshold of installs, Uber was the world leader, claiming 108 territories against its ride hailing competitors, or 63% of the available territories.

Most notably on home soil, Uber is the most used taxi hailing app in the U.S, installed on 21.3% of all Android devices in the U.S. This is more than eight times that of its major competitor  Lyft (2.59% of all U.S Android devices) while Lyft in contrast  failed to dominate any countries

The map reveals that Uber’s dominance now stretches across the world from the U.S, UK, Brazil,and several countries in South and central America to Australia and New Zealand.

Careem and Grab take joint second spot in world
The joint second largest taxi-hailing app world player with six countries is the, far less well known, Dubai-based  Careem, the most popular ride hailing app in Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Singapore-based Grab which is completing a major funding round to compete with Uber valuing it as high as $2.3billion claimed six countries in South East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Other ride hailing apps picking up a number of countries for top app were Brazil’s Easy Taxi (five countries), South Korea’s Kakao (four), Russia’s Yandex (three) My Taxi (two countries) Taxify (two) and 30 separate countries had an independent ride hailing app against the main players.

SimilarWeb is a global cross-device market intelligence company used by 100,000s of businesses worldwide, including Google, eBay, and United Airlines, to discover, decide and deploy their digital strategy.  SimilarWeb has raised $65 million to date.

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admin <![CDATA[Gogo passes 3,000 installed aircraft with in-flight connectivity in commercial aviation]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1827 2017-03-27T13:53:18Z 2017-05-17T21:11:00Z CHICAGO – Gogo, leading global provider of in-flight broadband connectivity and connectivity-enabled services to commercial and business aviation, has reached a major milestone by installing its 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity.

Today, the company has 3,000 commercial aircraft and more than 4,200 business aircraft, totaling 7,200 aircraft installed. More than 130 of the 3,000 commercial aircraft are now installed with Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology that leverages Gogo’s global satellite network. 

“The demand for in-flight connectivity continues to grow at a rapid pace and we are quickly moving beyond connecting passengers to connecting flight attendants, pilots and eventually components on the planes themselves,” said Michael Small, president and CEO at Gogo. “To meet this demand, Gogo has invested in the best broadband networks to meet the needs of global aviation – no matter the size of the aircraft or where that aircraft flies.”

Most of the 7,200 aircraft are connected using Gogo’s North American ground network, but an increasing number of commercial aircraft are now flying on Gogo’s global satellite network. 

2Ku relies on the new low profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas that outperform other connectivity solutions in the global aviation market. Since the announcement of Gogo’s 2Ku technology, 12 airlines representing more than 1500 aircraft have signed up for the service. Nearly all of these aircraft are expected to be installed by the end of 2018.

“Whether an aircraft is flying on our global satellite network or on our North American ATG network, we are delivering industry leading performance in terms of coverage, cost, capacity and reliability. With high-throughput satellites being added to our global network and an upgrade being made to our ATG network, both networks will bring even better performance in 2017 and beyond,” added Small.

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admin <![CDATA[SilverRail and Egencia stay on track with renewed partnership]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=981 2017-03-27T12:33:44Z 2017-05-17T04:42:00Z SilverRail, the innovative technology business providing digital infrastructure to enable travellers to search, plan and book global rail tickets, has announced an extension of its partnership with Egencia, the business travel brand of Expedia, Inc.

Egencia, the one place to seamlessly manage your trip online, on mobile or with agents, has used SilverRail’s API and expertise to supply its corporate customers’ Amtrak bookings in the US since 2010. Amtrak bookings on the Egencia platform grew steadily in 2015 and continue to exhibit healthy double digit growth in 2016.

Last month, Egencia began rolling out (US) Rail by Egencia, a fully redesigned customer-centric user interface on their global technology platform. The SilverRail connection allows Egencia customers to easily access features that could be found on Amtrak.com, within their own company-endorsed program. With features like e-ticketing, corporate negotiated rates, train amenities display and online ticket cancellation, Egencia customers have access to everything they need to organise their rail journeys seamlessly and easily.

“Egencia has a steadfast ethos to provide an incredibly smooth and consumer-like experience to our customers’, whether you’re the traveller or managing a company’s travel program. Our partnership with SilverRail allows us to maintain that experience and further improve it with the introduction of Rail by Egencia solution,” said Michael Tribuch, Director Supplier Revenue and Strategy at Egencia. “The partnership has been a success and we anticipate even further adoption among our growing customer base.”

Ami Taylor, Global Travel Management and Account Development Director at SilverRail said: “Our partnership with Egencia highlights the importance of integrating rail into an organisation’s corporate travel program. Especially as we are increasingly seeing that when journey time is less than three and half hours, rail is the preferred choice over air – it’s more comfortable, more productive, greener, city centre-to-city centre and, more often than not cheaper. By integrating rail, organisations are able to prevent leakage, improve their duty of care and ultimately create happier travellers.”

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admin <![CDATA[Ryanair launches record winter 2017 London schedule]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=814 2017-03-27T12:19:12Z 2017-05-16T17:24:00Z Ryanair launched its biggest-ever London winter schedule (2017), with 3 new London Stansted routes to Aalborg, Oradea and Pardubice, 6 new winter services to Cagliari, Copenhagen, Naples, Nice, Oslo Torp and Ponta Delgada, more flights on 13 existing routes and over 140 routes in total, which will deliver 23.8m customers p.a. in total at Ryanair’s 3 London Airports, supporting 17,000* jobs.

Ryanair will continue to connect London with major business centres on high frequency, low fare services including Berlin (4 daily), Dublin (18 daily), Edinburgh (4 daily) and Madrid (4 daily), with better timings and lower fares, making Ryanair the ideal choice for London business and leisure customers and visitors, and these new routes will go on sale in February 2017.

Ryanair’s London Winter 2017 schedule will deliver:

London Stansted

  • 3 new routes: Aalborg (3 weekly), Oradea (3 weekly) and Pardubice (3 weekly)
  • 6 new winter services: Cagliari (3 weekly), Copenhagen (3 daily), Naples (daily), Nice (daily), Oslo Torp (3 weekly), Ponta Delgada (1 weekly)
  • Extra flights on 13 routes: Billund (2 daily), Bratislava (2 daily), Budapest (3 daily), Cologne (2 daily), Baden (9 weekly), Lublin (4 weekly), Marseille (daily), Stockholm Skavsta (2 daily), Plovdiv (3 weekly), Poznan (9 weekly), Prague (2 daily), Sofia (16 weekly), Toulouse (2 daily)
  • 124 routes in total
  • Over 1,100 weekly flights
  • 20.5m customers p.a. (+4%)
  • 15,000* “on-site” jobs p.a.

London Gatwick

  • 5 routes to Alicante (6 weekly), Belfast (5 daily), Dublin (8 daily), Cork (daily) and Shannon (6 weekly)
  • 110 weekly flights
  • 1.7 m customers p.a.
  • 1,275* “on-site” jobs p.a.

London Luton

  • 15 routes including Fuertaventura (2 weekly), Lanzarote (2 weekly), Malta (4 weekly) and Tenerife (2 weekly)
  • 72 weekly flights
  • 1.6m customers p.a
  • 1,200* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Ryanair’s London summer 2017 schedule is attracting record bookings, with more frequencies to sun destinations for summer family holidays, lower fares as Ryanair passes on lower fuel costs, and an even better customer experience, as it continues to roll out its “Always Getting Better” improvements.

In London, Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “We are pleased to launch our biggest-ever London winter schedule, with 9 new London Stansted winter routes and extra flights on 13 existing routes, which will deliver 23.8m customers p.a. and support over 17,000 jobs at Ryanair’s three London airports.  We are also pleased to report record bookings on our London summer 2017 schedule, and customers can look forward to even lower fares, so there’s never been a better time to book a low fare flight on Ryanair. We urge all customers who wish to book their holidays to do so now on the Ryanair.com website or mobile app, where they can avail of the lowest fare air travel to and from London.

To celebrate the launch of our London winter 2017 schedule we are releasing seats for sale across our European network from just £9.99, which are available for booking until midnight Monday (27 Feb). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

*ACI research confirms up to 750 ‘on-site’ jobs are sustained at international airports for every 1m passengers.

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admin <![CDATA[United Airlines modernizes airport screening experience at Newark Liberty]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=901 2017-03-27T12:27:34Z 2017-05-16T02:12:00Z NEWARK, N.J. – United Airlines is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C.

The redesigned checkpoint, which includes dedicated Premier Access and TSA Precheck security lanes, features 17 state-of-the-art automated screening lanes, making Terminal C the first checkpoint in the country to exclusively feature the new lanes.

“At United, we pursue relevant innovation in everything that we do, on the ground and in the air,” said Greg Hart, United’s executive vice president and chief operations officer. “The opening of our fully redesigned, state-of-the-art checkpoint in Newark – New York’s premier trans-Atlantic gateway – continues our commitment to use the latest technology to improve the airport experience for our customers.”

The launch of the redesigned security checkpoint and additional automated screening lanes at Newark marks the latest step in United’s ongoing strategy to leverage the latest technology to ensure customers have a reliable and enjoyable experience during their travels. United recently opened automated screening lanes at its hubs in Newark, Chicago and Los Angeles. Later this summer, United plans to install audio and visual enhancements at security checkpoints at several hubs, utilizing cutting-edge technology to provide customers with more information. The airline is also constructing a new, state-of-the-art customer check-in area and a consolidated security screening checkpoint in Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport, which the carrier expects to open later this year.

Newark Liberty Terminal C: Terminal for Today’s Connected Traveler
United Airlines in recent years has introduced multiple enhancements in Terminal C to further meet the needs of its customers.

In 2014, the airline opened a new Global Services reception lobby for its top frequent flyers and collaborated with OTG to unveil an elevated dining and retail experience in the terminal, with cutting edge technology, premier dining options and trendsetting design. Additionally, United launched its “p.s.” Premium Service at Newark Liberty in 2015, offering customers on transcontinental flights from the New York area the highest levels of service on the ground and in the air.

Last month, United debuted its all-new United Polaris business class cabin on the airline’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which entered service flying out of Newark. The aircraft – and its United Polaris cabin interior – will initially operate between the airline’s hubs in Newark and San Francisco. United also plans to open an all-new United Polaris lounge in Terminal C later this year, offering customers chef-designed pre-flight dining, spa-like showers and sleep pods, a U.S. carrier first.

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admin <![CDATA[Enterprise, National and Alamo expanding into the countries of Armenia and Georgia]]> http://wp-admin.travelfestlive.com/?p=1403 2017-03-27T13:22:04Z 2017-05-15T22:50:00Z ST. LOUIS – Enterprise Holdings Inc. announced its entrance into Armenia with new franchise partner TravelCar, as well as the partnership’s intention to soon operate in the nearby country of Georgia.

In the coming months, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands will be available to customers in Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, which also serves the country’s main international airport. TravelCar is an Armenian-based car rental business with a strong reputation for delivering exceptional customer service throughout the region. During the next 12 months, additional locations will be opened in Armenia, as well as ones in the neighboring country of Georgia to serve its capital, Tbilisi, and principal airport.

“Enterprise and TravelCar are well aligned in that they are both committed to the highest standards of customer service,” said Arsen Sukiasyan, General Manager and Co-Founder, TravelCar. “Both organizations are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, and we look forward to continuing that same tradition of excellence as we grow throughout Armenia and Georgia.”

The franchise partnership with TravelCar is part of Enterprise’s wider strategy to build a robust network of transportation services that deliver value, choice and outstanding customer service to business and leisure travelers around the globe.

“Our growth in Europe and the Middle East is a reflection of the global reputation and strength of our brands,” said Peter A. Smith, Vice President of Global Franchising at Enterprise Holdings. “This partnership in Armenia and Georgia is the latest example of our efforts to ensure our loyal leisure and corporate customers can enjoy the high quality customer service they have come to expect from Enterprise, National and Alamo no matter where they are traveling in the world.”

During the last five years, Enterprise Holdings has rapidly expanded the presence of its three car rental brands in Europe and the Middle East. In the beginning of 2012, Enterprise operated in just three European countries – the UK, Ireland and Germany. Today, it is available in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Enterprise Holdings currently operates in more than 85 countries and territories worldwide.

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