Durango, Colorado Outside the Guide

January 22, 2015 on 10:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Outdoors, Rail Tours, Road Trips, Rockies, Sports Travel | Comments Off



Discover what’s hot in this Southwestern Colorado mountain town

Durango, CO – Durango is an epicenter for a great number of things; outdoor pursuits in the surrounding high desert and mountains, fresh food raised at high-elevation farms, Native American history and Old West heritage are just a sampling of the things that lure people to Durango. 2015 is the year of the sheep, but don’t just follow the flock – step out and try some of the more unique things Durango has to offer.

Culinary Durango

From down-to-earth eateries, cafes and brewpubs to award-winning fine dining, our culinary offerings reflect the richness, creativity and uniqueness of the Southwest. The quantity of independent restaurants, quality of ingredients and breadth of menu selections in this town boldly challenge the sophisticated culinary offerings of any metropolitan hub. Stop in the historic and award winning El Moro Spirits and Tavern or spend a summer afternoon on the patios of more than 20 restaurants around town. With over 100 restaurants to choose from, Durango is a hotbed for cuisines that blend the absolute best flavors from around the world and from our own backyard.

Competitive Cyclist Spend $250 Get $50Agriculture is at the heart of the Durango community supported by a strong “eat local” mindset and an abundance of locally grown and raised meat, vegetables and food products. At the Durango Farmers Market, local agriculturalists and artisans meet in a festive market venue to sell their harvests and talents. Agritourism brings visitors to learn about sustainability and enjoy an agri-vacation in this fertile mountain growing region.

6 Breweries and 2 Distilleries
Durango is one crafty little mountain town, and much of the artistic talent is funneled into creative, award winning libations. Whether it’s beer or spirits, the town has a draw you’re sure to enjoy. Self-proclaimed as the “City of Brewerly Love”, a trip to Durango isn’t complete without a pint from one of our six craft breweries and brew pubs: Carver Brewing Co., Durango Brewing Co., Ska Brewing Co., Brew Pub & Kitchen, Steamworks Brewing Co. and the newest addition: Animas Brewing Company. Due to readily available “first use” water, Durango is ideal for brewing award-winning beers, ales and lagers.

Durango Craft Spirits is the town’s first grain-to-glass distillery since prohibition; producing small batch, creatively distinctive distilled spirits using high quality regional ingredients. Colorado Honey from Honey House Distillery blends premium bourbon whiskey and Rocky Mountain Honey from Honeyville.

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This beautiful walkable, bikable, bladable trail weaves its way through town alongside the Animas River. Watch rafts, kayaks, and SUP boarders splash through the newly improved Smelter rapid, swing by the Durango Powerhouse museum for interactive learning, events, eats and drinks. The Durango Library, Inhabit yoga, and the local Fish Hatchery are fun-for-all stops along the trail. Refuel with riverside craft ice cream from Cream Bean Berry, or dine on the river’s edge at The Animas River Café. If June finds you in Durango, be sure to check out Animas River Days.

History Comes Alive

West of Durango, Mesa Verde Country is the archaeological center of America: Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Hovenweep National Monument, the Anasazi Heritage Center and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that allows visitors to experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Or head east and visit the newly designated Chimney Rock National Monument.

Unique Lodging

When you’re ready to tuck yourself in for the night, here are some unique places to rest your head:

A bit of history… choose from one of our historic hotels: The Strater Hotel, built in 1887, is decorated with period decor, beautiful handcrafted woodwork, and the largest private collection of American Victorian walnut antiques in the world. It recently received the prestigious “Historic Hotels of America Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year Award”. The Rochester Hotel and Leland House, built in 1927 and 1892 respectively, have been renovated by a mother and son team. The décor boasts original antiques and woodwork, as well as Western-movie themed rooms. The General Palmer, built in 1898, blends the comforts of modern living with Victorian charm in the heart of the historic downtown.

Slopeside… The Purgatory Lodge at Durango Mountain Resort offers upgraded skier services and amenities, lodging facilities and the world-class Purgy’s Day Lodge. The family-friendly lodge features 2, 3 and 4 bedroom slopeside units, swimming pool and spa facility, ski and snowboard storage and more. Experience the quintessential skier’s dream with a good night’s sleep in a slopeside condominium, rental house or hotel room at Purgatory.

Cozy Inns & B&Bs… Unwind, pamper yourself and enjoy your stay in one of Durango’s charming inns or bed & breakfasts. Located downtown, out of town, creekside, lakeside or mountainside; find unique lodging, incredible hospitality and a respite from the ordinary.

Authentic Colorado cabins and ranches… Kick off your boots and experience the authentic Southwest at one of our working ranches. From rustic mountain lodges and lake front cabins, to all-inclusive guest ranches and resorts, saddle up for a western holiday.

Camp out on top of the world… At 6,512 feet above sea level, you’re closer to the stars. Choose from a plethora of campgrounds and RV parks for all levels of “roughing-it.”

Arts in the Community

Durango has a thriving art scene that touts both local and internationally renowned artists. A walk down historic Main Avenue reveals everything from small, local art cooperatives to galleries hosting work from world-famous artists. Wander out for the First Thursday Art Walk every month for a chance to peek in galleries and enjoy live entertainment, treats and the chance to meet local artists. Enjoy live performances at the downtown Strater Theatre and Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, live music at restaurants and local theatre at the Durango Arts Center. In March, 2015, Durango Film celebrates a decade of the independent film festival. A hidden jewel in the arts and cultural world, Durango boasts over a dozen galleries carrying treasures from American Indians, Contemporary Western and Southwestern works of museum-quality art represented with sculptures, pottery, baskets, fine-art photography and home furnishings.

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Durango is largely a place built around a train, and it’s the historic steam train that still runs today. Take a ride back through time behind a historic coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive. Revel in the breathtaking sights as the train winds from the Animas Valley through 46 miles of the San Juan National Forest to the old mining town of Silverton. Soak in the magic of Christmas aboard the Polar Express, check out local Blues Bands on the Blues Train, or hone your photography skills with professionals aboard the Photography Train. These and many more theme train rides offer a unique venue for exploration of Durango and Silverton, with a peek to “then” and an appreciation for now.

Durango Mountain Resort

With 88 trails across 1,360 skiable acres, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR) has mastered the art of snow fun with exceptional skiing and snowboarding opportunities and après ski activities. Renowned as a family-friendly resort and named “Best Ski Value” by TripAdvisor 2012-2014, there are many other ways to enjoy the incredible winter wonderland at Durango Mountain Resort. Try the snowshoe alpenglow evening tour with wine and cheese at the Powder House restaurant, bring kiddos and stop by the Hot Cocoa bar, or glide your way around the Steamworks Bar and hop to the assorted sounds of local musicians. New this year: The Burton Riglet Park, a terrain-based learning center in the base area, allows the youngest snowboarders, ages 3-6, to experience sliding on the snow. Lodging and lift value packages offer deep savings.

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Vallecito Lake is a stunning mountain lake just 20 minutes from town. It’s a favorite destination for motorcycle riders, and new restaurants along the shores are the perfect stop for a family outing. Play all day on the lake, eat on the shores and camp in the beautiful forests that frame this exquisite lake.

San Juan Scenic Byway
If you’re a road-tripping wiz, or care to be, the San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway should be on the top of your list. A scenic byway designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the San Juan Skyway celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Durango is just one stop on this truly spectacular journey through time and place.

About the Durango Area Tourism Office
The Durango Area Tourism Office is a not-for-profit organization operating with the mission to promote Durango and La Plata County’s multitude of tourism attractions, events and services.

For more information, visit www.durango.org or call (970) 247-3500.


Israeli Operator Brings Self-Drive Progams to North American Market

January 21, 2015 on 11:02 am | In Adventure Travel, Israel, Middle East, Road Trips | Comments Off



Tripology Adventures, an Israeli adventure tour operator, has entered the North American tours market with a series of self-guided vacation packages for Europe, Asia and Africa.

The company has put up an English language website targeting North America with packages that use 4X4 vehicles to visit “obscure-but-culturally intense locales,” according to a company statement.

The company has been building its trip log of what it calls “deep” programs for the last 22 years.

The selection of destinations includes Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Iceland, Namibia and the Pyrenees mountains in Spain. The programs include unusual opportunities, such as encountering the Himba people in Namibia, scaling sand dunes on the Sahara desert in Morocco or crossing the Pindos peaks in Greece.

The programs are self-drive but guided with itineraries that include lodging, dining and sightseeing, with opportunities for trekking, river rafting and other activities.

Tripology Adventures also offers guided tours with set departures, but they can all be customized to the wishes of the clients. A six-day tour of Turkey is priced from $1,655. A nine-day tour of Turkey is priced from $2,945. Prices are per person double occupancy.  Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com


Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland‏

January 14, 2015 on 10:27 am | In Adventure Travel, Ireland, Road Trips | Comments Off




County Wicklow, Ireland – Since 2002, Vagabond Tours of Ireland has offered small group adventure tours that get travelers off the beaten path for an exciting and enriching experience in the Emerald Isle. Vagabond is the only company in Ireland offering scheduled guaranteed small group tours, excursions that have a unique mix of activities and culture, in customized vehicles and with top quality guides.

Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland attracts a wide range of couples, singles and families drawn to experiential activities like hiking, horseback riding and sea kayaking along the Wild Atlantic Way, guests who also want guided experiences that showcase the best of Ireland’s history and local culture. It’s the perfect blend for visitors of all ages who enjoy staying active in a number of ways, while immersing themselves in the local culture.

“We set out to create a unique way for people to experience the full range of what Ireland is all about,” says Vagabond’s founder Rob Rankin. “Most adventure travel is ‘soft adventure,’ such as walking, cycling, kayaking, the type of adventure that Ireland is so well suited for. At Vagabond, we’ve paired that with the country’s rich culture and history.”

For travelers who prefer more relaxed sightseeing, Vagabond created Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discovery, which Rankin says is “a small group experience that places more emphasis on culture, history, historic homes and gardens.”

Luggage ProsVagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland

Vagabond experiences are a world away from the traditional “tour” of Ireland that many Americans have experienced, typically a mad dash in a bus or rental car from Donegal to Waterford with barely time for tea in Dublin, all in less than a week. On a Vagabond tour, guests explore a region in depth with a knowledgeable guide, stay in cozy Irish hotels and mingle with the locals in the pub for a bit of craic and some traditional music.

Using custom-designed Land Rovers and taking no more than 13 passengers, Vagabond brings travelers well off the beaten path in Ireland. Every day is a different adventure and a different activity, which might include hill walking, horseback riding along an Atlantic beach, sea kayaking in a protected cove or mountain biking in a forest. Some of these activities are optional, with nominal additional charges. Guests choose the activities they want and pay only for those they engage in, which means that both Vagabond’s tours and their pricing is very flexible. Vagabond offers a range of 5 to 12 days tours of Ireland and Northern Ireland. For example:

Wild Irish Rover, an 8-day tour of the southwest and west of Ireland, chosen as one of the “50 Tours of a Lifetime 2013″ by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. This tour includes a castle stay and there are optional activities such as sea kayaking, horseback riding, a boat trip out to the Skellig Islands and a day trip to the Aran Islands. Priced from $1,800 per person based on double occupancy, including accommodations and breakfasts.

Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discover

In 2011, Vagabond started Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discovery, taking small groups of up to 16 guests in specially-outfitted Volkswagen sightseeing vans. Driftwood is geared for less physically adventurous travelers and is at a more relaxed pace. On a Driftwood tour, the emphasis is on Irish culture and history, with a focus on stately homes, historic sites and gardens. Driftwood guests are still taken off the beaten path, stay in small Irish-owned hotels and find themselves quickly immersed in Irish life. Driftwood offers 5, 7 and 11 day tours of Ireland and Northern Ireland. For example:

Treasure Ireland, a 7-day tour that takes in some of Ireland’s best known tourist destinations, including the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher but also to lesser known places in Connemara, the Aran Islands and County Clare. Priced from $1,700 per person based on double occupancy and including accommodations and breakfasts.

Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland

Since 2002, Vagabond Adventure Tours of Ireland has been leading travelers on small group tours around Ireland. Vagabond was founded by Rob Rankin after traveling extensively through Southern Africa with his wife, Amy. Impressed by the classic African travel modes of safari and overland tours, they decided to bring the concept to Ireland. They established Driftwood Irish Journeys of Discovery in 2011 as a division of Vagabond to offer trips for more leisurely travelers. For more information, visit vagabondtoursofireland.ie/


Hertz Price Increase for Rental Cars

January 6, 2015 on 10:57 am | In Road Trips | Comments Off



Luggage ProsHertz Global Holdings, Inc. said today that it will raise the price of its rental cars beginning Jan. 1, citing a depreciating value of its fleet of cars.

“Fleet costs are escalating due to declining residual values and, as a result, we have implemented price increases across our car rental brands in the U.S.,” Hertz’s Chief Executive Officer and President, John Tague, said in a statement. “The company is pursuing cost reduction opportunities in addition to its previously announced program to cut expenses $100 million annually, while also increasing investment to improve our customers’ rental experience, including refreshing the car rental fleet.”

The price increase is across the board for Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car rental brands.

While its aging fleet certainly played a role in its decision, what was left unsaid by Hertz was its ongoing accounting issues. The company announced in June that its financial statements for 2011, 2012 and 2013 would need to be restated and should no longer be relied upon.

Hertz further disclosed that the planned restatement is due to errors relating to, among other items, the capitalization and timing of depreciation for certain non-fleet assets, allowances for doubtful accounts in Brazil, allowances for uncollectible amounts with respect to renter obligations for damaged vehicles, and restoration obligations at the end of facility leases.

Hertz still hasn’t reported its financial results for 2014.

Hertz stock was trading at a high of $30.52 on June 5; within a week it had dropped 10 percent to $27.72. As of this morning, shares were trading at $23.89 after dipping as low as $19.30 in October.

Tague was hired in November to replace Mark Frissora, whom the company said resigned for personal reasons.  Read more travel news at  www.TravelPulse.com


Enterprise Terminates Europcar’s License to Operate National, Alamo Brands

January 6, 2015 on 9:10 am | In Europe, Road Trips | Comments Off




Enterprise Holdings has announced that it’s terminated the Master License Agreement previously held by French car rental company Europcar.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Missouri-based holding company confirmed the end of the agreement that allowed Europcar to operate National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in several countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

However, current reservations with the two aforementioned companies are expected to be honored.

Enterprise’s decision comes in wake of a recent arbitration ruling.

“Over the years, Enterprise Holdings has developed three distinct brands to meet the varied needs of our large customer base,” said Pam Nicholson, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Holdings.

“We can now bring increased choice to our global customers with the addition of the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands in the EMEA.”

The termination announcement signals the next big step in Enterprise’s plan to strengthen its global network. It should be noted that the holding company has operated both National and Alamo in North America for the past seven years.

Read more travel news at  www.TravelPulse.com


Maui Motorhomes Offer Customers an Exclusive Winery Haven Experience

January 3, 2015 on 6:19 pm | In Adventure Travel, Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Northern, Queensland, Road Trips, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



Competitive Cyclist Spend $250 Get $50maui motorhomes has collaborated with some of regional Victoria’s most-loved wineries to launch maui Winery Havens. This unique experience includes an overnight stay in your motorhome allowing travelers the chance to fully immerse themselves in the total winery experience.

Priced from just AU$140 per night, maui customers will be treated to a night amongst the vines, parking up in specific maui winery havens location and waking up to stunning vineyard views. Upon arrival at the winery each customer will receive a gourmet hamper for two featuring a bottle of the vineyard’s wine and local delicacies to devour.

Kate Meldrum, GM of Marketing, said she is looking forward to bringing the Winery Havens concept to the Australian market.

“Following the great success of maui Winery Havens in New Zealand, we are excited to offer such a unique opportunity here in Australia, knowing that Victorians in particular love their food and wine.

“We are thrilled to make holidays more accessible in the King Valley, Rutherglen and Alpine Valleys areas, where we can offer overnight self-drive experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be possible, alongside the chance for guests to interact with the local winemakers and learn about their craft,” said Kate. “Victoria is just the start of this campaign as we reach out to other wine regions to extend this around Australia”.

“When maui suggested the concept, we recognized the potential for the region right away and are delighted this has come to fruition. We look forward to welcoming local and international maui travellers to our stunning region” says Sara Quon, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism North East.

The maui Winery Havens experience will be available for travel from December 2014 at five stunning vineyards located in North East Victoria. Located within driving distance from one another, maui travellers have the choice to visit just one property or experience all five in the ultimate winery adventure.

Brown Brothers, 239 Milawa Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, Victoria, 3678
Dal Zotto, 4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road Whitfield, Victoria 3733
Feathertop, 6619 Great Alpine Road Porepunkah Victoria 3740
St Leonards, 201 St Leonards Road, Wahgunyah, Victoria 3687
Cofield, Distillery Road, Wahgunyah, via Rutherglen, VIC 3687

For further information or to book please visit http://www.maui.com.au/motorhome-hire-promotions/Pages/Maui-Winery-Havens.aspx.

Brown Brothers

Located in the lower reaches of the King Valley in North East Victoria, the Milawa Vineyard is the birth place of the Brown Brothers company. Surrounding the Epicurean Centre and Cellar Door, the Milawa Vineyard is the fruit source for renowned wines such as Patricia Noble Riesling, Shiraz Mondeuse & Cabernet and Dolcetto. It is also home to Brown Brothers grape retrieval and winemaking facilities where thousands of tonnes of grapes are crushed each vintage.

http://www.brownbrothers.com.au

Dal Zotto

Each Dal Zotto wine is the blend of three elements; family, tradition and innovation – with one overarching philosophy- your origins are just as important as your future. The Dal Zotto philosophy begins with what is close to hearts – family. From rural life in Italy, to settling in the King Valley, to pioneering Italian grape varieties, the journey of Dal Zotto has been a shared one. Along the way, from the good times at the table to the appetite for discovery in the vineyard and winery, it is “La Famiglia” that has brought it all together.

http://www.dalzotto.com.au

Feathertop

Boyntons was established in 1989 by Kel Boynton and remains a family owned business. Feathertop Wines captures the essences of nature and the beauty and crispness of the Alpine Valleys which surround the winery. Mountain Feathertop, which is the commanding feature in the Alpine Valley , not only visually shelters the valley and influences the air currents, but it has defined the soil structure in which the grapes grow, providing the fresh Alpine spring water that flows and nourishes the vines.

http://www.boynton.com.au

St Leonards

Situated in the Rutherglen Wine Region, St Leonards is a picturesque and relaxing destination for wine enthusiasts and nature purists. A unique spot, in a loop of the Murray River, fast flowing and still mountain-cold, it’s cooler and more peaceful than other vineyards nearby. Pelicans spiral down to the lagoon and glide silently through the reflections of the towering gums along the waterline. Lower temperatures help draw out the growing season to maximise the development of intense fruit flavours. St Leonards offers a mix of classic and curious varieties from, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon, to lesser known Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Malbec, producing wines with vibrant fruit characters and great balance.

http://www.stleonardswine.com.au

Cofield

Cofield Wines is a boutique, family owned and operated winery, located in the heart of the Rutherglen wine district. The Cofield family have been treading the vineyards of Rutherglen for over 100 years. Now second generation winemaker Damien Cofield is at the helm and has a renewed focus on producing a range of top quality wines that are packed full of flavour and ready for your drinking enjoyment. Specialising in Sparkling wines, made using the Methode Traditionelle process, they also offer a wide variety of regional whites, Rutherglen reds, sweet and dessert wines made from premium grapes from across the region.

http://www.cofieldwines.com.au


5 Amazing Supercars You Can Rent Right Now

December 23, 2014 on 10:18 am | In Road Trips | Comments Off



Luggage ProsLast week, National Car Rental announced a new car to its “Premier Selection” – the all-new Maserati Ghibli S Q4.

A decade ago, that was unthinkable in the car rental business. “The selection of upscale vehicles offered through National’s Premier Selection allows our customers an opportunity to choose from a wide array of luxurious driving experiences,” Rob Connors, assistant vice president of brand marketing, National Car Rental, said in a statement. “Through our work with Maserati, one of the most premium vehicle manufacturers in the world, we are able to provide National customers with another high-end upgrade option for their next rental.”

So we figured, what were among the five coolest, most exotic, most luxurious rentals on the market?

Well, here you go. A quick note: These pups are most definitely not in the $49.99 per day/unlimited mileage category.

(In no particular order)

5) Well let’s start with the Ghibli, Maserati’s first-ever midsize four-door luxury sports sedan. It’s now now available at 10 National airport locations in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego and Seattle.

4) In the Hertz Dream Car collection is the Lamborghini Gallardo Bicolore. The Bicolore is a special edition of the Gallardo featuring unique two-tone paint, a rear-wheel-drive powertrain, and exclusive rims and interior appointments. It starts at $1,200 a day and available only in Florida locations – Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Naples and West Palm Beach.

3) From Enterprise, the Maserati GT Coupe. The Maserati GranTurismo is the first modern, two-door, four-seater coupe, Maserati’s new take on a classic touring coupe. Currently only available in Atlanta and Houston.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

2) Bentley Continental GT Convertible, also from Enterprise. A Bentley. A Bentley! Available in Las Vegas, Encino (Calif.), Los Angeles, Newport Beach (Calif.), Palm Springs (Calif.), Pasadena (Calif.) and San Diego.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

1) Ferrari 458 Italia Spider. Well, this one might be the top of the line. Actual retail price? $335,000. This one is available at a niche car rental company, Gotham Dream Cars in New York.


American Airlines, Cadillac Partner To Offer Exclusive Benefits To Customers

December 23, 2014 on 10:07 am | In Airlines, Road Trips | Comments Off



American Airlines and Cadillac have formed a partnership to offer a broad series of exclusive benefits to travelers, ranging from luxury, on-site airport transfers, to AAdvantage miles earning opportunities, to Cadillac exhibits at major airports.

American and Cadillac currently offer a luxury airport transfer program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This program identifies ConciergeKey members with tight transfer times and escorts them to their next gate of departure in a Cadillac CTS, SRX or Escalade. By the end of this year, American plans to roll out this program to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, pending local approvals.

“American and Cadillac are two iconic American brands, both in the process of redefining the contemporary American luxury experience,” said Suzanne Rubin, president, AAdvantage Loyalty Program. “This is just the beginning of the opportunities we see with our partnership with Cadillac, and we are thrilled to be able to offer these benefits to our customers.”

The partnership contains benefits for all AAdvantage members. Later this month, customers can earn AAdvantage miles in exchange for test driving a new Cadillac. Members can earn 7,500 AAdvantage miles when they call a service desk and register a time to test drive a Cadillac at a nearby dealership. More information on this promotion will be available soon.

“Traveling in style is a shared interest of premium customers the world over,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Partnering with American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, allows us to engage customers and deliver valuable benefits in meaningful ways. Both brands embody the vitality and universal appeal of the American spirit.”

The American Airlines – Cadillac partnership will evolve with new reward opportunities and experiences following this initial phase.

Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com

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Enterprise Expands Into the Baltics

December 19, 2014 on 1:57 pm | In Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Road Trips | Comments Off



Estonia And Latvia and Lithuania, too.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has taken on a new partner to expand its business to the Baltic Sea region by appointing Bioline as its franchise partner in the states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

It’s just another piece of Enterprise Holdings’ global strategy that it laid out 18 months ago to expand heavily globally, particularly across Europe, particularly with its Enterprise brand.

The company’s car hire network already extends across all parts of Western, Northern and Southern Europe with more than 1,000 branches. The appointment of Bioline to serve the Baltic states gives Enterprise an outlet – and a foot in the door – to three brand new, yet growing, economies. Following this agreement – the terms of which were not released — a phased roll-out will see the familiar Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand appear at Baltic locations, alongside an integration program designed to bring the businesses closer together both culturally and operationally.

Enterprise said Bioline is led by a management team with extensive experience in the Baltic car rental market. The company has branches at the major airports for Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Bioline plans to develop its network across the three countries.

All three countries are members of the European Union.

Vice-president of global franchising at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Peter Smith, said in a statement: “Customer service is Enterprise’s core business value. Throughout our expansion program, we’ve focused on partnering with the best company in each country, and with organizations that share our dedication to customer care.”  Read more travel news at www.TravelPulse.com


Free Car upgrades in selected destinations

December 18, 2014 on 2:12 pm | In Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Europe, Greece, Malaysia, Norway, Road Trips, Turkey | Comments Off



Luggage ProsBulgaria Upgrades

Mini, 2-4 doors, manual without A/C to Mini, 4 doors, manual with A/C
Economy, 2 doors, manual without A/C to Economy, 4 doors, manual with A/C
Mini, 2-4 doors, automatic with A/C to Economy, special, automatic with A/C
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by 30th November 2014.
Car rental supplier: Enterprise

Economy, 2-4 doors, manual without A/C to Economy, 4 doors, manual with A/C
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by 30th November 2014.
Car rental supplier: Europcar

Croatia Upgrades

Free GPS on all cars except:
Mini, 4 doors, manual with A/C
Economy, 4 doors, manual, diesel
Economy, 4 doors, manual, A/C
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Car rental supplier: Avant

Free GPS on all cars except: Mini, Economy and Compact categories
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by 31st March 2015.

Car rental supplier: Fleet

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Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 30th November 2014.
Car rental supplier: Sixt

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Free GPS on all rentals at Karlovy Vary locations.
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 31st of December 2014. Minimum rental duration: 3 days.
Car rental supplier: Budget

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Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 14th of December 2014.
Car rental supplier: Europcar

Georgia Upgrades

Free GPS valid for 1-7 days only.
Terms and conditions: Payment between 20th October-20th December 2014 and pick up by 20th December 2014.
Car rental supplier Hertz

Greece Upgrades

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Economy, 2-4 doors, manual, without A/C to Economy, 4 doors, manual, with A/C
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up between 30th November 2014.
Car rental supplier: Enterprise

Iceland Upgrades

Free GPS valid for all rentals.
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Car rental supplier Procar

Macedonia Upgrades

Mini, 4 doors, manual with A/C to Economy, special, manual with A/C
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Terms and conditions: Payment by 31st October 2014 and pick up between 1st September and31st October 2014.
Car rental supplier: Europcar

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Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 15th of October 2014. Minimum rental duration: 3 days.
Car rental supplier: Europcar

Norway Upgrades

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Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 31st of December 2014.
Car rental supplier: Europcar

Mini, 2 doors, manual without A/C to Economy, 2 doors, manual without A/C
Terms and conditions: Payment and pick up by the 31st of December 2014.
Car rental supplier: Hertz

Turkey Upgrades

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Terms and conditions: Payment between 15th October 2014 – 10th March 2015 and pick up by10th March 2015.
Car rental supplier: Fox

United Kingdom Upgrades

Mini, 2 doors, automatic with A/C to Economy, 2-4 doors, automatic with A/C
Mini, 2 doors, manual without A/C to Economy, 2-4 doors, manual without A/C
Terms and conditions: Only available for car rentals in Jersey and Guernsey. Payment and pick up by the 31st of December 2014. Car rental supplier: Hertz

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