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  London Travel News ( Press Release )

EUROPCAR LAUNCHES CRUISE AND DRIVE

Global Car Rental Company Offers Cruise Travelers First-of-its-Kind Product

Europcar, the largest international car rental company of European origin, today announced the arrival of Cruise and Drive, the travel industry's first product that offers cruise passengers a car rental option for destination excursions at ports-of-call.

"We received welcoming praise from travel agents and cruise lines during ASTA's 2001 Cruise Fest Conference in Vancouver," said Ian Stazicker, director of travel industry and partnership sales. With Europcar's international fleet already in-place, the Cruise and Drive program immediately benefits the travel community, providing cruise passengers with more shore excursion options to ensure a unique cruise experience.

Travelers or their travel professionals can book Europcar if there is an existing cruise itinerary or reserve a vehicle right after the initial cruise booking.

"Research indicates that more than 40 percent of cruise passengers do not take advantage of organized shore excursions," said Stazicker. "By offering travelers the freedom to visit destinations such as the ruins of Greece or exploring the hidden beaches along the Mexican Riviera, Europcar's Cruise and Drive program supports the travel industry's efforts to offer a variety of international experiences for passengers to enjoy."

Europcar's Cruise and Drive program links international cruises to 18 European countries, plus Mexico. The company plans to expand the program by the end of 2001 to include other popular cruise destinations such as the Caribbean and the South Pacific, among others. Europcar locations are strategically positioned near ports-of-call to efficiently process transactions so passengers can get on their way without delay. The transaction is an easy three-step process that involves Europcar representatives meeting passengers at the dock upon arrival, signing the necessary rental agreement and handing the keys to the customer. Upon return, the vehicle will be picked up by a Europcar representative at the dock.

Reservations for Cruise and Drive can only be made by calling Europcar's Reservation and Information Center toll-free at 1-877-940-6900. The product's daily rates include a free mileage allowance, insurance and local taxes, as well as delivery and collection of the vehicle.

Founded in Paris in 1949, Europcar is the largest car rental company of European origin and a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany's Volkswagen, the largest car manufacturer in Europe. Europcar currently has over 2,600 locations in 100 countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific (Australia and French Polynesia), Mexico, Central America and the French Caribbean Islands.

For more information about Europcar, please visit www.europcar.com.


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