Car hire comparison site Carrentals.co.uk is reporting a
38% year on year increase in its summer bookings, (1 June – 31st August),
and a corresponding 72% increase in revenue, despite the difficult and
unpredictable economic climate.
The company, which compares car hire deals from over 35 rental companies
including Alamo, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, says the biggest increases
were seen in a number of European locations including Valencia, Cagliari,
Gerona and Glasgow airports.
Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk says: “Despite
concerns over the tourism market at the start of the year, our strategy has
seen our sales performance outstrip targets across the board. All of our
target locations have delivered booking volumes significantly up on last
year’s figures, showing the demand that still exists in the market.”
Carrentals.co.uk, a previous winner of the Travolution Awards, and
nominated again this year, has continued to show major growth since it
re-launched as a comparison site in 2007. It has achieved strong profit
growth year-on-year in the last two years, and is on track for a record
financial performance this year, which ends in Jan 2010.
Gareth adds: “I believe that our carefully-managed expansion plans,
coupled with a dedicated and experienced team behind us is now showing real
bottom-line benefits, and I am very encouraged by the upwards revision of
our year end forecasts.”
Carrentals.co.uk’s top car rental locations for summer 2009 include
Alicante, Faro, Malaga, London, Majorca, Barcelona and Dublin.
“The site is successful because it works for both suppliers and
customers,” adds Gareth. “Suppliers know they are getting a fair deal
because of its cost-per–acquisition (CPA) approach, meaning they only pay
for an actual booking, while customers have grown to trust us for the low
prices and range of rental companies we offer.
“The travel market is very competitive, meaning companies will only be
successful if they offer an easy to use, effective and price sensitive
service. We’re proud of the results we’ve achieved, but we know
there’s still a lot more potential in the market so the coming year will
be focused on building our service further and looking at new sectors where
our approach can have an impact.”
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