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National Car Rental Announces Direct Booking Enhancement to Car and Driver Service in China

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WHY IT RATES: Travelers visiting China can now book a car and professional driver with ease, directly through the company’s website and mobile app.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor


National Car Rental, today announced an enhanced Car and Driver service offering that makes visiting China more efficient and convenient than ever. To increase accessibility for all travelers, customers can now book transportation—including a car and professional driver—directly through National Car Rental’s website and mobile app.

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As the premium car rental brand serving frequent travelers throughout the world, National’s Car and Driver service further demonstrates the brand’s ongoing commitment to leveraging innovative, technology-based solutions to provide customers with a frictionless, enjoyable experience. Previously, National had announced the launch of Car and Driver service available through Deem’s Work Fource platform. Today’s announcement expands the service to allow all travelers to book directly through National’s website and mobile app.

Traveling through China presents unique challenges for visitors due to regulations restricting tourists from renting cars or driving in the country without a temporary permit issued by the Chinese government. With National’s Car and Driver service, travelers can now easily reserve a vehicle, along with the services of a professional driver to provide transportation for full- or half-day rentals, allowing the freedom and convenience to expertly navigate an unfamiliar city with ease.

“From securing dependable transportation to navigating local destinations, travel in China can present unique hurdles for international visitors,” said Frank Thurman, vice president of marketing for National. “With this in mind, National designed the Car and Driver service to provide seamless access to convenient transportation options, enabling travelers to stay focused on what’s most important—their experience.”

Built for every type of traveler, National Car and Driver offers a variety of rental options to ensure a reliable and personalized experience, including “Point-to-Point” or “Hourly” reservations. By opting for the Point-to-Point option, customers can preschedule up to seven pick-up and drop-off locations to efficiently juggle multiple meetings and engagements. Alternatively, selecting the Hourly option provides travelers the freedom and flexibility to build their itinerary in real-time as their day unfolds.

National Car and Driver reservations are now available by visiting nationalcar.com or downloading the award-winning National app to their smart devices. National’s website was recently ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction for ease of navigation, overall appearance, range of services/activities, clarity of information provided and page load speed.


SOURCE: National Car Rental Press Release

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Over 3,500 Rental Cars Destroyed in Airport Fire

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Over 3,500 rental cars were destroyed on Friday when a fire broke out in the grassy overflow area of Southwest Florida International Airport.

A Lee County Port Authority spokesperson told CNN that the fire originally only affected 20 cars that were parked in the rental car overflow area. Authorities were called around 5 p.m. By the time the fire was extinguished, it had spread through 15 acres.

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“By the time we had units on the scene, we had 100 cars (on fire). We lost count after the hundreds,” said Melinda Avni, Mitigation Specialist for Florida Forestry Service of Caloosahatchee.

Several fire departments and ground and aerial support from Florida Forestry Service arrived to put out the fire. At least 80 airdrops were made by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office’s aviation unit.

The fire was contained by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, almost 18 hours after it began.

“We appreciate their courage and willingness to help our Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Department. Together they were able to keep all our passengers and airport visitors safe,” the airport said in a Facebook post.

No injuries had resulted from the fire. The airport remained open and continued service, though the inbound lanes of Terminal Access Road were closed. Passengers were bussed inside from the employee parking lot.

A total of 3,516 rental cars were destroyed or damaged. The cars were being stored at the time and were not in service.

The Avis Budget Group confirmed that some of the company’s vehicles were caught in the blaze. The company is still evaluating the damage and does not have a final vehicle count at this time. Eight other companies were also affected by the fire.

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