SOURCE: Avis Rent A Car System, LLC

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC

December 03, 2009 11:51 ET

Travel Experts Reward Avis With Highest Praise at World Travel Awards

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(Marketwire - December 3, 2009) - Avis Rent A Car has received multiple accolades at the 2009 World Travel Awards, described as the 'Oscars' of the global travel and tourism industry. Winners are chosen by travel professionals across the globe for excellence in employee and customer satisfaction, business performance, product expansion, innovation and creativity.

For the fourth consecutive year, Avis was named "North America's Leading Car Hire" and the "World's Leading Business Car Rental Company." In addition, for the second year in a row, Avis was named the "Caribbean's Leading Car Hire."

Graham Cooke, President and Founder of the World Travel Awards, said: "Votes were cast by more than 180,000 travel professionals around the world and Avis has proven to be the best of the best. The recognition is a testament to the hard work of the management team and staff at Avis who, despite challenges which have impacted the travel and tourism industry over the past 12 months, continued to deliver above and beyond the call of duty."

"Receiving these awards makes all of us proud," said Tom Gartland, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Avis Budget Group, parent company of Avis Rent A Car. "Travel professionals are vital to the industry and our business, and their confidence in Avis and its employees is very rewarding."

About the World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 16th Anniversary, the awards are regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could ever hope to receive. Thousands of votes are cast by travel and tourism professionals from 183,000 travel agencies, tour, transport and hospitality companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe. Votes are cast globally by fellow industry professionals in 919 different categories. Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators and destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top-level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

About Avis

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 approximately 2,200 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR). For more information, visit