What types of cars do you rent?

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. 

Where can I get my rental car?

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. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Car Rentals in Brazil

Full range of car rental options available from Car Hire Assistant, including SUV's, Luxury cars and 4x4's.To get the very best car rental deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car hire in Brazil, 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 Brazil. 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 Brazil 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 Brazil, if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to Brazil, 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 Brazil. 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. Full range of car rental options available in from Car Hire Assistant™, including sports cars, roadsters and soft top cars and 4x4's.

We offer a wide range of vehicles Brazil, 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, McLaren, Aston Martin etc). 

 

 

About Brazil

Brazil shares land borders with Uruguay to the south; Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest; Bolivia and Peru to the west; Colombia to the northwest; and Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana to the north. In fact, Brazil shares borders with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile.

  • Brazil has the largest national economy in Latin America, is the world's sixth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in terms of purchasing power.
  • Brazil is one of the places that many people flock to each and every year. Travellers planning a trip to Brazil may find the information interesting and informative.
  • Brazil has nearly one third of the 300 different species of monkeys, and this makes Brazil home to the largest number of monkey species.
  • Measuring 3,287,612 square miles, Brazil is South America's largest country in terms of land mass. It also spans 3 times zones, UTC 2, UTC 3 and UTC 4.
  • Brazil has the largest national economy in Latin America, is the world's sixth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in terms of purchasing power.
  • Brazil ranks amongst the world's largest producers of the hydroelectric power. Which is useful given it is also the world's 10th largest energy consumer.
  • Brazil's Christian population is second highest worldwide.
  • The soccer world cup was won by Brazil 5 times, which is more any other country.
  • The number of people in Brazil is nearly 200 million, making it the the 5th largest country in the world based on population.
  • One quarter of the world's coffee originates from Brazil.
  • Brazil's Rio Carnival is a favourite amongst locals as well as international visitors. The carnival falls on a different date each year, approximately 40 days prior to Easter. Literally thousands of people come from around the world to celebrate it.

Hiring a car in Brazil is a great way to explore the wonders this country has to offer. Although the country is vast, with good planning and a decent hire car, it is possible to include many of the attractions and tourist spots Brazil is renowned for. He are a few ideas.

Rio Carnival

One of the best things that you can do when you visit Brazil is go to Rio Carnival. You are really going to have an amazing time if you partake in this while you are on vacation. If you plan to go to the Rio Carnival, make sure that you know when it is and that you book early so that you are able to get a great hotel, since it's one of the most popular things to do in Brazil with 2m visitors daily.

Beaches

Brazil has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so going to one of the beaches should definitely be on your agenda while you are there. Whether you want to simply swim or do other things on the beach, you will find that it's going to be a worthwhile adventure.

Corcovado Hill (Rio de Janeiro)

This Corcovado Hill is a place that every visitor should go to. It is famous for the amazing statue which portrays Jesus 38 metres in height. The hill's peak, where the statue stands, can be reached by a road or railway and iit is the top tourist attraction in Brazil. The statue is very inspiring and can be seen for miles. The statue's arms are spread as if blessing the people who are walking below and the whole city.

Iguazu Falls

These falls are another place that you should visit in Brazil. They're found on the border that's between Argentina and Brazil. Their beauty helps to place them among the world's most famous waterfalls. Their height, their horseshoe shape, and that flow of nearly 450 cubic metres of the water makes them something worth seeing.

The top Brazilian tourist destinations/attractions are; Christ the Redeemer is the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. One of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguaçu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Rio Carnival attracts two million people per day including 500,000 foreign tourists. The Pantanal is the world's largest wetland, lying mostly in Western Brazil but extending into Bolivia and Paraguay.

Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, which boasts many exceptional beaches. The historic centre of Olinda. Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful archipelago with pristine beaches, landscapes and wildlife. Teatro Amazonas or Amazon Theatre is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and Ouro Preto, one of Brazil's best preserved colonial towns.

Climate

Because of its size, The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical.

The busiest airports are Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (15.6m) and Congonhas-Sao Paulo Airport (8m) in the capital Sao Paulo; Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport (8.5m), Brasilia International Airport (Brasilia), Tancredo Neves International Airport (Belo Horizonte), Viracopos International Airport (Campinas), Santos Dumont Airport (Rio de Janeiro), Salgado Filho International Airport (Porto Alegre), Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (Salvador) and Afonso Pena International Airport in Curitba.

Car Hire Assistant can provide rental cars at all of Brazil's international airports as well as many of the regional and domestic airports. In addition, we can provide car hire in the majority of popular beach resorts, as well as large towns and cities.

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.

China continues to be the most important rising economy for the tourism industry, reveals a global study of travel industry executives by World Travel Market, the foremost global event for the travel industry.

The World Travel Market 2012 Industry Report asked 1,310 exhibitors and leading buyers from the Meridian Club to rank the BRICS economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – in order of importance for both inbound and outbound tourism.

China was the most significant outbound market for 26% of the participants, and the 2nd most significant for a further 24%. Furthermore, it also lead the tables for inbound relevance, highlighting a global desire to visit China. Some 28% felt that it was the most important inbound market of the five, with 26% putting it in second place.

Russia was the next most important outbound market, followed by Brazil, India and South Africa. For inbound, Brazil and Russia changed places with India and South Africa remaining the least important.

The sample was asked why their chosen BRICS economies was the most important, with the potential number of visitors coming out on top followed by the amount spent by travellers from the country.

The emerging economies have started to have an impact on the global travel and tourism industry, with 63% stating their company had or was planning to adjust its business model in order to appeal to travellers from the BRICS economies.

Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery said: “The size of the Chinese market is clearly a big factor in its importance as an outbound market, but it is interesting that China is also emerging as an important place for people to visit.

“However, to fully capitalise on the potential on offer from the BRICS countries, hotels and tourism companies need to adapt their product development accordingly.”

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For the first time, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental locations are providing services to customers in Brazil. Covering five Brazilian airports; Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo ; Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro; Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport in Belo Horizonte; Brasilia International Airport in Brasilia; and  Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre, which will be home to new Alamo and National locations.

A recent franchise arrangement between Enterprise Holdings and Sao Paulo based Unidas, a major Brazilian car rental provider, will deliver the Alamo and National brands to more than 100 Unidas airport and city locations throughout Brazil by March 2013. Under the 15-year agreement, Unidas will operate as the National and Alamo franchisee at the new Brazil locations.

“We are pleased to introduce the Alamo and National brands to the Brazilian market with the opening of these first five locations,” said Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president of global sales, marketing and strategy for Enterprise Holdings. “This partnership with Unidas – a company that strongly shares our belief in customer service – both expands travelers’ options and presents tremendous growth opportunities for all three brands throughout Latin America.”

Pedro de Almeida, executive president for Unidas, added, “We believe business and leisure travellers in Brazil will enjoy having these expanded rental options, and we are committed to providing the excellent service our trusted customers have come to know and expect from Unidas, Alamo and National.”

With annual revenues of $14.1 billion and more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also manages, through its regional subsidiaries, more than 1 million cars and trucks. This makes the organisation the largest and most extensive car rental service provider in the world when measured by revenue, employees and fleet. Enterprise Holdings also operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in the UK, Germany and Ireland, and a franchise network that operates the National and Alamo brands throughout the Americas. Earlier this year, Enterprise Holdings bought Citer SA in France and Atesa in Spain, and made a strategic investment in China-based eHi Auto Services.

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Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America, said President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, on Friday. Mr Hogan said that the airline is currently in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships.

Etihad Airways currently has 38 codeshare partnerships with airlines around the globe, resulting in a combined network of 323 destinations, more than any other Middle Eastern airline.

Beyond its own organic growth, codeshare partnerships and equity stakes are a significant and growing part of the airline’s expansion strategy. Etihad Airways holds a 30 per cent stake of airberlin, 40 per cent of Air Seychelles, 3 per cent of Aer Lingus and 10 per cent of Virgin Australia.

The airline will launch its first route in South America on June 1, 2013, with daily non-stop flights between Sao Paulo, Brazil and its home base of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Etihad Airways’ service will also provide seamless connections from Brazil to the airline’s global network, offering connectivity over Abu Dhabi to markets in the Gulf Co-operation Council, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia.

Mr Hogan spoke of the significance of the new route, in particular the economic impact.

“Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, now ranking as the sixth largest since overtaking the UK in 2011. Bi-lateral trade between Brazil and the UAE is valued at nearly US$3 billion annually, with authorities aiming to lift this to US$10 billion within five years.

“There are 25 major Brazilian companies with offices in Abu Dhabi. Mubadala, the development company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, last year signalled its intent to begin investments in Brazil, valued at up to US$13 billion.

“According to the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Brazil trade volumes with the Arab world grew by 28 per cent in 2011 to reach US$25 billion. This is forecasted to grow by a further 10-15% this year.

“In addition to supporting the growing ties between Brazil and the Middle East, this new route complements Etihad Airways’ recent expansion in North Asia, including the recent introduction of services to Chengdu and Shanghai and the upcoming increase to daily Tokyo services with connections to Nagoya from April 2013.

“With some of the fastest connecting flight times to China and Japan, Brazil’s largest and fifth largest trade partner, respectively, Etihad Airways is providing vital air links between the world’s major emerging markets.”

Mr Hogan was in Sao Paulo late last week to meet prominent local diplomats, travel industry executives, media and corporate representatives.

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Kuoni has announced the launch of a dedicated nationwide marketing campaign highlighting adventures, exploration and unworldly landscapes in South America.

Kuoni’s 21 retail stores and four partnership stores have increased sales to the South America region by providing tailored expert advice and sharing first-hand experiences.

Kuoni’s well-travelled and knowledgeable travel experts are ready to craft an adventure to South America completely tailored to the customer’s needs. Among the South American itineraries featured in the latest campaign is Brazil. Travellers can take in the highlights on a 13 night independent itinerary starting in Rio with its famous Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, then marvel at the spectacular natural wonder of Iguaçu Falls, the meeting place of Iguaçu and Paraná Rivers. A cruise on the Amazonian river is also featured. Peru offers unforgettable experiences and memorable adventures including the ancient man-made wonder, Machu Picchu which is on many peoples must-see tick list. The country recently drew crowds in London’s Covent Garden, where the Peru Tourist Board and TV personality and adventurer Ben Fogle produced a three-metre high Lego model of Machu Picchu.

Kuoni is also offering a “Taste of Peru” on a 7 night private tour. On the tour, customers will visit Peru’s capital Lima, Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas, and the Sacred Valley, deemed to be the heartland of the Inca Empire due to its unique location.

Another South American destination highlighted by Kuoni is Chile, a diverse landscape enabling explorers to experience climatic extremes. From the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, to the natural beauty and the spectacular fjords and glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile is perfect for trekking and breath-taking vistas. Kuoni’s personal travel experts can tailor-make holidays to include the mystical Easter Island home of the Moai statues, another awe-inspiring sight.

Sarah Beckwith, Market Manager said: “Kuoni launched the new Discover brochure in October 2011, bringing together the very best of Kuoni’s escorted tours and highlighting the opportunities for tailor-made travel, particularly in South America, to experience a true adventure, iconic sights and treasured moments.

“We hope this dedicated campaign will inspire our customers as these incredible and spectacular destinations are put under the spotlight.”

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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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