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Hodges takes up new role with DriveAway Holidays

The acquisition of Renault Eurodrive by DriveAway Holidays (travelBulletin November 2015) has seen long-time Renault Eurodrive MD Paul Hodges take up a new position as DriveAway’s General Manager – Leasing, while other Renault Eurodrive staff have also joined the team at DriveAway in North Sydney.

The acquisition of Renault Eurodrive by DriveAway Holidays (travelBulletin November 2015) has seen long-time Renault Eurodrive MD Paul Hodges take up a new position as DriveAway’s General Manager – Leasing, while other Renault Eurodrive staff have also joined the team at DriveAway in North Sydney.

What hasn’t changed is the company’s commitment to European car rental leasing, with Hodges highlighting the benefits of selecting a lease vehicle when holidaying in Europe from 21 days up to six months. Drivers minimum age starts at 18 with no upper limit, all vehicle are brand new and come with factory fitted European GPS systems at no additional cost, and fully comprehensive insurance with no excess is also included. An earlybird offer valid for bookings confirmed by 31 December is available on 17 different models including the new 2016 Renault Megane Berline, with seven free days and 50% discount on delivery and return fees outside of France.

DriveAway Holidays managing director Chris Hamill has been driving significant growth across the business too. He told travelBulletin the company’s sales presence in the NZ outbound market had increased, with additional NZ travel agent partners on board “which has put us on track for an 18% increase in sales from NZ for 2015”. Expansion in Asia is also on the agenda, with DriveAway now working with several agencies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

And on a global basis DriveAway’s parent company Auto Europe has entered into an agreement with Ireland-based travel technology company Mobacar, which will allow the business to grow its “B2B2C” online operations. The partnership connects the Auto Europe global supply network across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North & South America with Mobacar’s “sciencedriven intelligent car rental distribution platform”. Mobacar’s technology links OTAs and their customers to a global network of transportation options in real-time.

“This is something that we will piggy back and benefit from and enable us to service online travel agency partners,” Hamill said.

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