|Parsippany, NJ Feb 5, 2008 - Avis Rent A Car has received the 'Best in Business Travel' award presented by Business Traveler, a leading international authority on business and corporate travel.
Readers of Business Traveler chose Avis as the best car rental company in the "Europe" and "Worldwide" categories in the annual survey of business traveler preferences, which features 49 categories including hotels, airlines, car rental and luggage companies. The awards are one of the premier recognition programs in the business travel industry.
"We are proud that Avis has again been honored for its ability to provide customers with high quality services and unique products that help busy professionals traveling for business," said Bob Lambert, senior vice president of commercial sales of Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis. "We understand business travelers have tight schedules and are constantly focused on creating opportunities to help them avoid wasting valuable time."
A recent study by Avis found business travelers, on average, lost as much as three hours during a three-day trip due to traffic delays, being lost, waiting at tollbooths and trying to find a high-speed Internet connection. To help its customers, Avis offers innovative solutions to save time and maximize productivity. Avis recently launched its newest version of Where2, the company's fully portable Global Positioning System (GPS). In addition to a simple user interface and an array of navigation features, the device includes real time traffic updates, Bluetooth hands-free calling capability, MP3 audio playback and other services provided by MSN Direct. Customers can also take advantage of other services offered by Avis including Avis Connect portable Wi-Fi Internet access, eToll (electronic toll collection) and Avis Chauffeur Drive, which give customers the ability to hire a professional driver to ease their trip.
"Avis has a long tradition of introducing new products that increase our customer's productivity and convenience," Lambert added. "From counter bypass technology to providing travel information and guidance in real time, Avis is committed to changing our industry for the customer's benefit."
About Business Traveler
Based in New York, Business Traveler is a leading authority on business and corporate travel. As part of the Business Traveller publishing brand with ten editions worldwide, Business Traveler services the North American market and offers unparalleled resources for the traveling executive. In addition to the magazine's monthly features, visitor guides, lifestyle reports and weekend guides, each issue also includes special reports ranging from business etiquette to the growing trend of mixing business with vacations. Business Traveler is printed 10 times yearly, with combined issues in July/Aug and Dec/Jan issues. http://www.btusonline.com
Avis is one of the world's leading rental car brands with approximately 5,000 locations in more than 160 countries and is the global industry leader in customer loyalty as measured by the Brand Keys® Customer Loyalty Index. Avis is operated in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and the Caribbean by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR) and its subsidiaries (www.avis.com), with more than 2,000 locations. Avis is operated in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia by Avis Group (www.avis-europe.com) and its subsidiaries under an exclusive license of Avis Budget Group. The two companies share technology and marketing initiatives and collaborate to provide a seamless Avis rental experience to consumers and businesses around the world, backed by the renowned Avis "We Try Harder" customer service.