WHY IT RATES: The car rental company is expanding its footprint around the world to ensure travelers are covered when they're ready to hit the road again.-Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.
Enterprise Holdings announced today that it has opened more than 100 new branch locations in 20 countries across Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) over the past 12 months. The openings are part of the company's continued investment in developing its global branch network, with more new outlets planned throughout 2021.
The LAC openings include the first Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations in Aruba, Panama, St. Barts and St. Martin, as well as a total of 50 new locations in Brazil. The new Enterprise locations join the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in all five LAC areas. Enterprise Holdings owns all three brands.
In EMEA, Enterprise has added new branches in 16 countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. APAC openings include new branches in Australia, Guam and Japan.
These investments not only support demand for safe and reliable mobility options during the COVID-19 crisis but demonstrate Enterprise's commitment to support economies across the globe as they move out of travel restrictions.
"The global health crisis has had a massive impact on the whole of the transport sector, but by being bold and resilient, we have been able to invest in our network, increasing our presence across APAC, EMEA and LAC, and ensuring we are ready to support even more customers as they are ready to travel for business or leisure again," said Peter Smith, vice president of global franchising at Enterprise Holdings. "Our presence at key transport hubs and extensive network of local branches mean we are well positioned to be part of wider integrated transport networks, which are being developed in many countries. The expansion of our network creates good jobs with excellent career prospects, and we are committed to continuing that investment and the technologies that support the business."
Reinforcing its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness in the car rental industry, Enterprise introduced its Complete Clean Pledge in 2020. The Pledge further enhances cleaning protocols across the company's brands and comprehensive portfolio of transportation options. This includes vehicle washing, vacuuming, general wipe down and sanitizing with a disinfectant that meets leading health authority requirements, with particular attention to more than 20 high-touch points.
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