TULSA, Okla. /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG), is pleased to announce that its subsidiaries, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, have formed a new partnership with Ireland-based car rental technology firm, CarTrawler, to significantly expand the number of international Web sites the brands currently support. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group has already upgraded and re-launched the first two sites, Prepaid.Thrifty.co.uk and Dollar.co.uk, on the new CarTrawler platform. Additionally, plans with CarTrawler include re-launching the Dollar and Thrifty Canada and Latin America sites by the end of the year.
The CarTrawler-powered Web sites will provide global Dollar and Thrifty customers with the convenience of booking and fully paying in advance for their rentals as well as market-specific products on Web sites designed for specific countries, utilizing their languages and currencies. Not only will customers reserving cars through the sites find the online booking process quick and easy, they will experience a much faster and seamless pick-up process as a result of being able to prepay.
"We're delighted to have been chosen by Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group as the backbone for its international expansion," said Mike McGearty, chief operating officer of CarTrawler. "Dollar and Thrifty customers worldwide will now be able to book in any market, from any country, and in any language using our platform. We believe this partnership confirms our position as a leader in worldwide car rental distribution, and we are deeply honored to become a strategic technology partner for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group."
"We are truly excited to join forces with CarTrawler, one of the premier car rental technology companies in the world. We look forward to greatly expanding our worldwide online presence," said Scott Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. "This agreement, over time, will enable us to better maintain a relationship with our international customers and provide exceptional value to these important customers -- in their native languages. This is a capability we have needed for a long time and I think this arrangement will pay dividends in the future."
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. ("the Company") is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Driven by the mission "Value Every Time," the Company's brands, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, serve value-conscious travelers in over 80 countries. Dollar and Thrifty have over 600 corporate and franchised locations in the United States and Canada, operating in virtually all of the top U.S. and Canadian airport markets. The Company's approximately 6,000 employees are located mainly in North America, but global service capabilities exist through an expanding international franchise network.
Based in Dublin, Ireland and Seattle, Washington, CarTrawler is the first company to provide a next generation car rental distribution system, specializing solely in car rental solutions, enabling increased revenues for its customers and suppliers. The company offers the largest selection of car rental options from over 550 leading and independent car rental suppliers in 175 countries in 25,000 city and airport locations, in 24 languages, quoting in 43 currencies, through the customer's existing website and brand identity, ensuring high levels of consumer conversion, repeat bookings and brand protection. With 30 years industry and technology experience, CarTrawler has unrivalled travel technology and car rental expertise. Its award winning technology has been proven globally with a large number of international airlines and online customers. CarTrawler was recently a finalist in the European Travel Buyer Awards 2009 and was awarded the Travel Technology Innovation Award and the Budgies World Low Cost Airlines Innovation Award in 2008. CarTrawler more recently won the Travolution Best Technology Provider Award 2009 and has been named in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 EMEA Ranking 2009.
SOURCE Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc.