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


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