Car Hire Company Gets Set for Bumper Christmas

December 22, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
The UK’s No.1 online car hire specialist is advising Christmas travellers to book their car hire arrangements early, as bookings at key locations soar for the coming festive season.

The company is reporting car hire bookings for collection on 24 December up over 30% year on year for key UK locations, as travellers book early to ensure they can head home for the Christmas holidays.

Locations showing the strongest demand include Heathrow, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham airports, together with central London and Leeds. While there is still availability the company is advising early booking to ensure individual requirements, such as child seats or people carriers, are met.

Overseas, bookings are up in France and Spain as a growing number of people fly out to a second home for the Christmas holidays, while Geneva car hire bookings are up 35% for ski breaks.

The company is also reporting a switch in winter sun demand from the beaches of Asia to the Caribbean, with bookings for the Caribbean islands continuing to increase as customers opt to head west following last winter’s devastating events in Asia.

Andrew Stevens, managing director of, said: “Christmas Eve is renowned as one of the busiest days of the year for travelling, and this year looks set to be busier than ever. We are already seeing bookings for many key UK locations well up on this time last year, while popular overseas destinations such as Malaga, Geneva and Nice are also in strong demand.

“While there is still availability we are advising all customers planning a Christmas break to book as soon as possible, particularly if they require extra items such as snow chains or child seats.” offers a choice of over 4,000 rental locations worldwide, with all car hire through major car hire companies such as Alamo, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar. The company’s website also features a wide range of information and min-guides on the destinations it offers, plus over 6,000 links to useful tourism information sites.

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