This week we have been busy at the World Travel Market (WTM)meeting existing suppliers and seeking out new opportunities. Some photo’s are available on our facebook page – here ttp://www.facebook.com/usrentacar.co.uk
Staged annually in London, World Travel Market is a vibrant must attend four-day business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.
Dollar Rent A Car
Our first meeting of the day was with Dollar Rent A Car. Dollar, like ourselves, have had a very impressive 2010, resulting in their quarter 3 results being the best in the companies history. They informed us that they had just purchased new fleet and like most of the travel industry are cautiously optimistic about 2011.
They did confirm that there would be a slight rise in pricing for 2011 which will come in to effect shortly, at present we are still honouring this years pricing for next year.
Alamo Rent A Car
Next up was Alamo Rent A Car, again Alamo have produced an impressive yearly performance boosted by a buoyant second hand car hire market. They also confirmed that there would be a rate increase for 2011 shortly however an immediate increase from Jan – Mar 2011 was issued. On a positive note Alamo stated that they have just added the Ford Mustang to their Convertible range.
Budget Rent A Car
The last of our car hire meetings was with Budget Rent A Car. Again, boosted by a surprising second hand market for cars of 56k miles plus Budget also have had a great year.
Budget confirmed that their upgrade special offer (see terms) has been extended in to next year, I tried my best to get these upgrades guaranteed however at present this isn’t possible. As was the trend Budget also anticipate a rate increase however this will not take place immediately.
Rest of WTM
I don’t want to curse it, so I will only tease at it, but we have almost secured a very exciting non car hire related contract. With out giving to much away it is one of those contracts we have been trying for continuously for many years, so fingers crossed we can bring this to you very soon.
We had an interesting conversation with an aerial tours company based in Florida which might be a good fit with some of our more adventurous customers and an interesting chat with the U.S. government.
All in all the WTM was very productive and over the next couple of months we hope to be able to offer you some very interesting non car hire deals. Watch this space.
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