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Apparently it’s all relative, time, space…and even which side of the road is right and which one is wrong. I’ve recently passed my driving test in the UK and having originally learnt to drive in Italy, and have to admit that the first impact with driving on the left, was well, interesting. As my driving instructor eloquently put it, in the UK: “left is right and right is wrong…”, and that little mantra will probably stick with me forever. But that got me thinking about all the Briti Read More >>

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On Monday 21st September I had the pleasure of attending the Business Traveller Awards 2009. The awards were held at the London Hilton Park Lane and presented by explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes BT OBE. The event was attended by 450 of the travel industries leading figures including Willie Walsh and the cabin crew from the now famous Virgin TV advert. Avis did not have to wait long before we won our award, in fact the first award of the ceremony; Avis maintained the award for Best Ca Read More >>

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You may have seen me post a few comments on here so I thought I’d take 5 minutes to properly introduce myself and perhaps show you a little insight into life here at the Barcelona call centre. My name is Chris Cox and I am the Trainer for the UK and Dutch markets. But first, to explain my job properly, a little background of the call centre is required. Here in the call centre (based in the World Trade Centre just overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea!), we receive calls from all across Read More >>

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Last weekend, the crew at Avis took on it’s second gruelling test of endurance within a month, this time competing in the Ride24 challenge. The challenge takes place in the form of a Le Mans style race with teams of 4 taking it in turns to cycle round the Dunsfold Park Track in Surrey (aka the Top Gear test track) over a period of 24 hours. Effectively, whoever completes the most laps over that period wins. Of course people like me don’t just enter things like this for the fun of it Read More >>

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At midnight Friday night, 21 intrepid walkers from Avis Europe and Avis UK embarked on a 40 mile walk across the South Downs Way trail to raise money for Action Medical Research. As you might expect from any endurance test, it was a gruelling affair with participants fighting a battle against weary minds in addition to weary legs (and blistered feet). For myself the battle was made harder still by the militant Josi Kytle (my boss), Chris Keogh and Jack MacAree, who instead of slowing down the fu Read More >>

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Have you ever wished that you could book your holiday needs together? We asked the question and over 50% of our surveyed customers said that they would be very interested in being able to shop for hotels at the same time as booking their Avis car rental. If you’re a regular to the Avis website, you may have noticed a recent addition to the homepage. I am of course referring to our new partnership with Hotels.com. Planning your trip shouldn’t be stressful and tiring, so you can now convenien Read More >>

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Recently, the Irish Government introduced a new barrier free tolling system on the M50 motorway which circles Dublin. The new system relies on camera recognition to identify drivers who should be charged. It’s very easy not to be aware of this charge so if you’re taking an Avis car to the Republic of Ireland from the North or the UK, remember to pay. As a frequent traveller and someone who drives a fair bit in foreign countries, I always check local traffic laws before I travel. Some other n Read More >>

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Following on from our post on this topic last year, Avis now have close to 500 locations, spanning 10 different countries across Europe, offering the 3 Minute Promise speed of service guarantee. A list of our top European locations can now be found on our website. The Avis 3 Minute Promise is quite simple – if you are an Avis Preferred member with an up to date profile, a reservation and renting at a participating Avis location, we guarantee to have your car keys in your hand within 3 minutes. Read More >>

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Everyone on the blog team would like to take this opportunity to wish all Avis customers, staff and readers of this blog a very Merry Christmas! We’d also like to thank all of our staff members who continue to work over the Christmas period, which is one of our busiest times of the year. Some of our airport locations are even working Christmas day! I spent the day helping out at Avis Mayfair yesterday and it’s great to see how dedicated and hard working our staff are. Today is the blog team Read More >>

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