Tulsa, Okla., June 25, 2008 - Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG) today announced that its successful value brand - Thrifty Car Rental - is expanding their presence in South Africa with the addition of three new airport locations.
Springs Car Wholesalers CC - the franchise owner of Thrifty in South Africa - was awarded in-terminal desks at George, East London and Bloemfontein airports. All locations are branded facilities and feature the Thrifty Car Rental brand. In addition, Thrifty will continue to operate six in-terminal airport locations in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria and Krueger Park after their bid was accepted by the Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA); the company has operated in these locations for the last five years.
"We are delighted and overwhelmed that our strategy for 2008 has exceeded expectations," said Yunus Moolla, Managing Director of Thrifty South Africa. "Our ranking as one of the Top Five suppliers in South Africa helped us not only to capture these three new airport positions, but to retain our presence in other key markets. Our success provides us with a foothold that will allow us to expand our network nationwide and to offer our customers more choice and greater service."
Springs Car Wholesalers CC (a division of the Safy Group) acquired the South African and Namibian franchise for Thrifty Car Rental in May 2002. Thrifty in South Africa features a fleet of more than 2,500 late-model, low-mileage cars, each no more than one year old. In 2007, the company won the prestigious ACSA Feather Award for customer service.
"We are proud to have such fine representatives flying the Thrifty flags in South Africa," said Jeff Cerefice, Vice President, DTG Global Franchise Operations and Development. "They have a real heart for providing customer service that keeps travelers coming back."
For reservations, contact:
Thrifty Car Rental: In South Africa, visit www.thrifty.co.za or call 086-100-2111. In the U.S., visit www.thrifty.com , call 1-800-THRIFTY or consult a professional travel agent.
Thrifty Car Rental is a South African Black Empowerment entity, and is proud to be part of the transformation process. Management is committed to the promotion and engendering of fair business and a moral ethos in the workplace.
About Thrifty Car Rental
Thrifty Car Rental is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, the Thrifty Car Rental brand serves value-conscious travelers from more than 1,028 locations in 68 countries. For additional information, visit www.dtag.com or www.thrifty.com .