December 13, 2007 // Franchising.com // Europcar received yesterday the "World's Leading Leisure Car Rental Company" Award, at the 2007 World Travel Award Ceremony, in Caribbean Islands. With more than 167.000 travel professionals from 160 countries participating to the vote, this election demonstrates the acknowledgement of Europcar as a global car rental player.
The World Travel Awards (http://www.worldtravelawards.com) were established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements in all sectors of the travel industry at an international level. The World Travel Awards are considered as the best endorsement by travel professionals and their clients all over the world.
Regional leading companies, in each of the 8 world areas, are also rewarded, following the same categories and criteria, including the quality of their services.
In Europe, Europcar won the "Leading Car Hire" Award for the fifth consecutive year on 9th October 2007, in Newcastle, UK, confirming once again its N°1 position on the European market.
Jehan de Thé, Europcar Global Marketing Director & Graham Cook of the WTA Jehan de Thé, Europcar Global Marketing Director said, "We are proud to receive this Award, voted by the travel professional world, which rewards the group's focus on excellence and its policy based on service quality and innovation. Thanks to the dynamism of our worldwide network and our profitable collaboration with our strategic partners, such as easyJet, Accor and TUI, we are able to answer our clients' mobility needs."
Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007, with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA, its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. With a fleet of over 241,000 vehicles and almost 10 million rental contracts signed in 2006, Europcar provides its services to its clients (business and private) throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.