Farnborough Air Show, Migration, Awards, Social and Car Hire 2010

Hi all,

It seems like an age since I last blogged. James has been doing a sterling job keeping the whole thing ticking along nicely and as per a similar pattern last year the number of readers has gone up since his efforts, which again is a blow to my fragile ego.

Farnborough Airshow

This week begins the 2 week noise disaster (for us anyway) called the Farnborough Airshow, The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world’s most iconic global aviation events and is enjoyed by more than 150,000 visitors, however for us its a nightmare. We are located directly opposite Farnborough Airport so for the next 2 weeks I’d like to apologise in advance if our reservations agents repeat this line quite a lot “I’m sorry I can’t quite hear you, the new Boeing  787 Dreamliner is flying over our building”!

Server Migration

This week will also see the migration of our sites to a larger more powerful server, traffic this year to usrentacar.co.uk has increased by over 50% added to that the increased interest in bargainvillas.co.uk and our poor little server couldn’t handle the traffic. So this week will see significant improvements in speed to our site, which can only be a good thing.

Awards

I’m delighted to see we have been nominated for Best Car Hire Website in the annual Travolution Awards and have picked up 2 nominations for Car Hire Company of the Year and Best Car Hire in the prestigious British Travel Awards , best car hire award is a public vote, so please feel free to vote for us.

Facebook and Twitter

This month we have been forced to relaunch our facebook fan page, an error made by ourselves mean that’s  from over a 1000 fans we are back to a lowly 33, please feel free to follow us on facebook for special promo’s, news and features.

Our twitter account keeps going from strength to strength @usrentacar now has 773 followers. Our sister site floridacarhire.net has also just launched its own twitter account @floridacarhire and is due a revamp very soon.

Car Hire 2010

With regards to the U.S. car hire scene, I can safely say availability wise this has been the worst year I can remember, 7 Seater minivans, 8 seater minivans and 12 / 15 seater minivans have sold out in certain locations quicker than ever. On a positive note hopefully this will encourage suppliers to either buy more vehicles or release more to the inbound market.

With competition so tight this year I would expect to see further consolidation within the market place.

To come…

This month we hope to announce a tie up with a major brand that would benefit usrentacar customers immensely.

We also hope to re-launch floridacarhire.net a sneak preview is available here floridacarhire sneak preview

We also hope to be able to book car hire for 2011/12 season in every location by the end of this month, at present we have negotiated prices for Florida and California.

Thanks you for reading,

Until next time,

Kind regards,

Gavin Boswell,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

 car hire USA

U.S. Rent A Car Nominated For Prestigious Award

Hi all,

Yesterday we found out we have been nominated for best car hire website by the UK’s leading multi-media brand, travolution.co.uk.

The nominated websites will be judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, with the winners announced at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station on September 28.

Fingers crossed that the panel vote favourably. Will keep you all updated.

Regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Nominate Us For A British Travel Award

Hi,

Award season is in full swing and we were hoping you might like to do us a favour and vote for U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk for Best Leisure Car Hire Company.

Every person who submits a valid nomination form is entered into the British Travel Awards annual prize draw and can double their chances of winning by participating in the voting cycle.

So please vote for www.usrentacar.co.uk for best leisure car hire company for 2010, nominations close on the 16th June 2010.

Click here to vote or copy and paste this link http://www.britishtravelawards.com/bta10nf-rc.php

Many thanks,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Car Hire USA News

Hi All,

This week’s blog includes awards, Tickets, Availability and agreements. So let’s get on with it…

Travelmole Awards

Firstly, we didn’t win the Travel Mole best car hire award this year. :-( It’s a shame as I really believed that looking at the sites we were up against we had a real chance however congratulations to all the winners.

We are now keeping our fingers crossed that we win the Travolution award for best car hire website.

Compare Attraction Tickets

Last week we launched the beta version of?Compare Attraction Tickets . Thanks to all those who tried the site and sent us feedback, all your comments are welcome and much appreciated.

Please continue to use the site and send me your comments, its really helpful.

Vehicle Availability

As I blogged about back in Feb this year (click here) there is a real shortage of vehicles to rent in the U.S.

The reason for this is partly that the car manufacturers haven’t produced the same amount of vehicles for the rental market as in previous years due mainly to the recession, the problem is that customers requesting ?vehicle’s has stayed at the same level and so the classic supply and demand problem starts.

I would continue to advise customers to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Rental Agreements

I have previously blogged about this subject (click here). It is imperative that you fully read your rental agreement and understand them before you sign.

The rental agreement is a legally binding contract between you and the supplier. ?Our customer care team can do very little if extras are purchased locally are countered signed and initialed by yourselves.

I appreciate you maybe tired from the long flight however please take a moment to fully read and address any concerns you have locally.

As always I welcome any comments regarding the subjects above.

Regards,

Gavin

Nominated for best Car Hire Site Travel Mole Awards

Hi All,

Well wouldn’t you know it, ?none for ages then two nominations come along at once!

Following up on our recent nomination for best Car Hire website in the Travolution Awards, we have today been informed that we have also been selected for a nomination in the same category at the prestigious Travel Mole awards! Hooray!

The awards take place on the 24th June at Canada House in London. So once again its finger crossing time.

Wish us luck.

Regards,

Gavin

Vote us the best car hire company in the TravelMole Awards…please

Hi Guys,

Voting has been extended for the best car hire company award in this years Travelmole awards. Please could you take the time to vote for us by clicking on the link below.

http://www.ogn-xtra.com/travelmole_web_awards/site.php?site=7

Thanks,

Regards,

Gavin


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