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Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

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The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

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Rental Cars in France


Medium sized cars for hire from Car Hire AssistantTo get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in France, then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in France. Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in France should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in France, if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.



Car rental for families in France - Car Hire AssistantIt doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in France, or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include France. Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in France, however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McClaren, Aston Martin etc).

 

The South of France has a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers (average temperatures of 27°C) and cool winters (11°C). Spring and autumn can bring heavy downpours, but these are short-lived. The Rhone Valley and Provence-Alpes- Cote'dAzur tends to experience strong winds during spring and winter. Northern France, including Paris experiences weather not dissimilar to southern England, with warm summers (between 20°C and 26°C from May through October), cold winters and regular rainfall. Central and eastern France has a more continental climate, characterised by colder winters and warmer summers than experienced in areas further west. The weather in the French Alps varies from north to south. The northern Alps experiences cold winters occasionally with heavy snowfall. Briancon, in the Alps, has a typical temperature of -2°C in January, and 17°C in July. The southern Alps including Provence and the Cote D'Azur typically enjoy a more Mediterranean climate, with lots of sunshine, dry weather and clear skies.

In France you drive on the right, however to drive in France you must be 18 years old and have a valid UK driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. Failure to comply may lead to a fine and/or the vehicle being impounded. The French road network includes over 5000 miles of motorways, many of which are toll roads which link the main provincial towns and cities. French roads are generally well maintained. It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and reflective jacket. The reflective jacket must be stored inside the vehicle itself, failure to comply can lead to a heavy fine. On 4 January 2012 new legislation regarding driving came into force in France, which substantially increased penalties for a number of
offences.

Driving regulations differ from those in the UK and it is important to familiarise yourself with the rules of the road. For example, as of 1 July 2012, single use breathalysers will be obligatory in all motor vehicles. Motorists and motorcyclists travelling to France must purchase a kit complying with French regulations and carrying the "NF" label. Road users are advised to carry at least two breathalysers at all times. In car radar detectors and satellite navigation systems which warn of the presence of speed cameras or radar traps are illegal irrespective of whether or not they are in use. Even SatNav and GPS systems which can show where speed cameras are located are illegal. So, simply put, these types of devices cannot be in your vehicle in any form and with fines of up to 1500 Euros, it's not worth the risk.

It is tempting to drive too fast on some of France's superb road, however, radar traps are commonplace and excess speed can result in heavy, on the spot fines and, potentially, the immediate confiscation of your vehicle and licence. Be aware that urban speed limits begin at the town or city sign (not necessarily where the first 50kph sign is situated) which is usually a white name panel with a red border and the speed limit ends where the name panel has a diagonal black bar through it. Seat belts front and rear are obligatory. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to travel on the front seats of vehicles without using a special child restraint, unless there is no rear seat in the vehicle, or the rear seat is already occupied with children under 10, or there are no seat belts. You must always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate of motor insurance.

If you are visiting France you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. Whilst the EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, it does entitle you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as French nationals, so if a French national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, you would also have to pay the same fee.

Many French people, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas speak some English, however the French may appear a little prickly or distant at first when conversing with English visitors, although this is less prevalent if you have made an effort to speak a few words of French. The French people do not like to be shouted at in English, so be patient, and speak English slowly and in a normal voice. Tips are generally already included in the price at restaurants and a standard tip for a taxi driver is 10 percent. Porters usually receive 1 Euro per bag.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
 
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
 
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.

 

The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

The French government’s decision to put back indefinitely plans to fine drivers for failing to keep a breathalyser kit in their vehicle illustrates the lack of knowledge British visitors have of drink-drive restrictions whilst on the continent, says a organisation specialising in French holidays.

France’s Minister of Interior has announced that fines for drivers who don’t have a breathalyser kit in their car, have been shelved, these were scheduled to come into force on 1 March 2013. All drivers in France are obligated to carry a breathalyser, and all those without would have been liable for an €11 (£9.50) fine. In addition, drivers in France are required to carry a warning triangle and a high-visibility safety vest. According to UK based French holiday cottage specialists gites.co.uk, British drivers must still take heed of the breathalyser rule, and be mindful of France’s more robust drink drive limits.

“Even though traffic police won’t have the power to issue fines,” said Duncan Pollard, “you should still carry one of the readily-available disposable kits with you as part of your in-car safety equipment.

“Many people don’t realise that the drink-drive limit in France is around half that of the UK, and the kit should serve as a reminder of the tougher laws on the continent.” A typical penalty for drink-driving in France is a €135 (£116) fine plus penalty points. Those guilty of an “aggravated” offence – and that’s with blood/alcohol levels above the current UK limit – can face up to €4,500 (£3,900) in fines and two years imprisonment.

“France may be well known for its wine and café culture,” said Duncan Pollard, “but there is little tolerance for those who mix it with driving. British visitors who are used to our country’s more liberal limit should be aware of the tighter laws on the continent.

“In fact, there are some countries that have a zero tolerance to driving under the influence, so our advice is to stay off the booze entirely if you’re planning on getting behind the wheel, and enjoy your holiday.”

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Biarritz, a high end seaside town along the Atlantic Coast, is the most expensive destination in France based upon the price of its accommodation. That is based on a new survey from French travel portal www.Allovoyages.fr . The survey studied hotel costs for 30 destinations in France for the summer period comprising June through August 2012.

In Biarritz, visitors had to spend an average of 136 euros during the summer of 2012 to stay overnight in the lowest priced, 3 Star hotel available. Two destinations in the French Riviera sat behind Biarritz. Taking the number two and number three spots on the survey were Antibes at an average of 124 euros each night and Monaco at a typical price of 114 euros per night.

Surprisingly, Paris ranks as only the 9th most costly French destination based on the survey. In the City of Light, a night in a hotel room was typically 87 euros during the summer. According to Nawel Younsi from Allovoyages.fr, however, that finding may be a bit misleading. “Hotel rates in Paris tend to be more affordable during the summer, with business travel being very low. Had the survey considered the entire year and not just the summer months, Paris would have taken the number one spot.”

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New road rules came into force at the beginning of July requiring all motorists in France, including tourists, to carry a breathalyser kit.

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From November 1st drivers who fail to carry a breath test kit will face a fine, prompting leading car rental firm Europcar to put free breathalyser kits in all vehicles hired from its 250 branches in France during August.

According to new figures from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the road safety charity, half of UK motorists are unaware that the breathalysers must be certified to the French NF standard.

“There has been some confusion amongst UK holidaymakers about what they need to do when driving in France,” explained Ken McCall, managing director, Europcar UK Group.

“So to eliminate that confusion, we’re putting breathalyser kits in all our vehicles in France – at no cost to the customer. No need to book in advance or buy before picking up their car. We think this is another example of Europcar taking the initiative to look after its customers and make the car hire experience as easy as possible.”

Europcar is considered the World’s Leading Car Hire by the World Travel Awards.

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Air France has revealed major changes to its ground and in-flight services to enhance the customer experience and satisfaction.

The carrier revealed that its passengers using any of the 12 airports in France could benefit from new self-service kiosks which will enable them to print their own baggage labels and avoid long queues.

The carrier has also joined sister airline KLM in offering a paid-for a la carte meal service for Voyageur and Premium Voyageur passengers on long-haul flights. Customers can select from a range of dishes including “a traditional French meal, fresh seafood, healthy organic, Italian or a special dish designed by the famous Lenotre culinary institute”.

Other initiatives include: • paid-for baggage collection and delivery for customers using Paris CDG • “VIP” services including chauffeur-driven transfers and “the use of a hotel room for a few hours to relax” • An improved AVOD IFE offering, with new navigation features, and “a new more intuitive presentation of the cinema and TV sections”

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The annual British Behaviour Abroad report, compiled by the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Office, has revealed staff handled 19,874 assistance cases last year – up three per cent from the previous year.

The report highlights a significant increase in the number of hospitalisations reported to consular staff among British people travelling to popular holiday hotspots including Spain, Greece and Egypt.

In the year to March 31st 2012, on average, 70 British people were hospitalised every week while abroad. Over 30 per cent of these were in Spain – of which half were on the islands of Majorca and Ibiza which have seen a steep rise in cases over the past two years. USA and France also recorded significant numbers of cases.

Minister for consular services Jeremy Browne said: “While the prospect of ending up in a foreign hospital may be the last thing on your mind as you head overseas for a summer break, sometimes things do go wrong on holiday and many people deeply regret not taking out comprehensive travel insurance.

“We witness many cases where people have invalidated their policy – perhaps by not declaring a pre-existing medical condition or not checking their policy covers a particular activity, such as hiring a moped. Unfortunately they are then surprised that the Foreign Office cannot pay for their bills and flight home. I urge anyone heading overseas this summer to research their destination, take out comprehensive travel insurance, and carefully check the small print of their policy.”

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About UNESCO Site

Bassin de la Dordogne, France, consists of the whole Dordogne watershed, which is a hydro system of 24,000 km².  The Dordogne’s catchment area shelters great biodiversity and represents a range of mountainous landscapes. It contains one of the biggest estuaries in Europe.  Population density is low and there are no large cities.  Main activities include tourism based on natural and cultural heritage, agriculture and forest exploitation.  The area is one of the three most important hydroelectric power production centres in France. This creates considerable pressure on the water and aquatic ecosystems.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...

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Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.

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Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...

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Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...

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South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...

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