|Parsippany, NJ Dec 18, 2007 - To help business travelers make their journeys less stressful and maybe even entertaining, Avis Rent A Car System, LLC today launched a new service at www.avis.com/mywhere2 to connect its customers with information on concerts, sporting events, museums, galleries, festivals and other popular activities at 25 major business travel destinations in the United States.
Avis customers who rent Where2TM, the Company's portable GPS navigation system, can also save destination information found at myWhere2.com or anywhere else on the Web onto a Secure Digital (SD) memory card that can be transferred into the Where2 unit when they pick up their rental vehicle. To use this feature, customers must first download a plug-in available at www.avis.com/mywhere2 and create a bookmark to send addresses of places they want to visit to their personal SD card. When finished, customers can use any Web site or tool to find an address or point of interest and save the addresses directly to their SD memory card, and thus quickly and conveniently program their GPS unit to be able to maximize their free time.
The site also features the company's own "Avis Quick City Guides" to give travelers a wealth of useful information about their destination, including maps, restaurants and contact information for amenities like 24-hour pharmacies, airlines, package shipping outlets and area Avis locations.
"We are determined to help our business customers save time and make the most of their time on the road," said Bob Lambert, senior vice president of commercial sales at Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent company of Avis. "Using our Where2 GPS system and our new online service, travelers need not worry about maps, paper printouts with directions, or even stopping by the side of the road to enter information into the navigation system."
A survey of frequent business travelers commissioned by Avis found that a majority of business travelers, 68 percent, have at least some time for leisure activities when traveling for business. Of those with time for leisure, 81 percent spend at least some of their after-work time for pleasure. In addition, 56 percent use a rental car when participating in such activities.
The keys to making the most of leisure time, the survey says, are advance planning and having the flexibility and mobility afforded by a rental car. The launch of myWhere2 gives business travelers the tool they need to explore new destinations, pursue their favorite pastimes, and make the most of their time away from home.
"Most business travelers don't have the time or means to familiarize themselves with leisure activities and opportunities once they arrive at their destination," said Lambert. "In fact, 23 percent of business travelers surveyed said they often wasted free time because they lacked the time and resources to plan in advance."
Avis Where2 with guidance by Garmin, allows customers to save time by notifying drivers of upcoming traffic snarls and construction tie-ups, and automatically suggesting alternative routes. Information on weather delays is also provided where available. Avis Where2 also offers conveniences such as Bluetooth hands-free calling, MP3 playback capability, multiple languages with spoken directions, three-dimensional maps, and more.
Avis's long standing tradition of offering technology innovations helps travelers avoid delays while in their travel destination, and thus gain more free time to get work done, or to enjoy leisure activities or vacation time. A separate study of more than 6,000 Avis business customers found that as much as three hours or more of an average three-day trip is wasted being stuck in traffic jams, lost while driving, waiting to pay tolls and trying to find a high-speed Internet connection. Avis customers can avoid these delays by taking advantage of Avis Where2 GPS navigation systems, Avis Connect portable Wi-Fi Internet access, eToll (electronic toll collection solutions in most major markets offering such programs) and Chauffeur Drive, which enables business travelers to have a local professional chauffeur provided by WeDriveU, Inc., pick up their car, meet them at the airport or another location, and handle all of the driving and baggage.
For more information, visit www.avis.com or www.avis.com/mywhere2.
About the Survey
InsightExpress tabulated responses from more than 300 randomly-selected frequent business travelers. Frequent business travelers were defined as those who rent vehicles three or more times a year for business purposes. Results were obtained via email from March 5 through March 21, 2006.
InsightExpress is a leading provider of high-quality, digital marketing research and plays a preeminent role in the measurement of advertising effectiveness across online, mobile and other media. Through its patented technologies, proprietary solutions, world-class expertise and time-tested research principles, InsightExpress transforms the way advertisers, agencies, publishers and researchers optimize their marketing activities. InsightExpress is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.insightexpress.com or call 203-406-3233.
Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's leading car rental brands, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at more than 2,100 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, ranking as the number one car rental company in the 2007 Brand Keys« Customer Loyalty Index. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR). For more information, visit www.avis.com.