- U-Save's inventory to be made available on Orbitz, CheapTickets sites
in North America -
CALGARY and CHICAGO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Franchise Services of North America
Inc.(TSXV-FSN) announced today that it has entered into an auto rental
distribution agreement for its U-Save brand with Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).
The agreement enables U-Save's inventory of rental cars to be displayed on the
company's Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com)
websites in North America.
Beginning in February 2009, U-Save will display rates and take
reservations for rentals at its airport locations across the United States and
"It is always exciting to welcome new auto rental suppliers who want to
work with Orbitz Worldwide and help them build their business and presence in
the markets they serve," said Steve Praven, Vice President, Air and Car Rental
Supply, Orbitz Worldwide. "With an average of more than 14 million monthly
unique users(1) coming to our websites globally in 2008, we believe that we
can create the connections with our customers that brands like U-Save desire."
"We are pleased that the U-Save brand will shortly begin displaying rates
and receiving reservations from Orbitz and Cheaptickets.com," said Bob Barton,
Chief Operating Officer, Franchise Services of North America Inc. "Orbitz
Worldwide's brands in North America are recognized as some of the largest
providers of online travel reservations and we believe our franchisees, which
have traditionally been low-cost providers, will benefit from the addition of
these distribution channels, in terms of reservation delivery and customer
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide is a leading global online travel company that uses
innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research,
plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns a
portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com),
CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers
(http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (http://www.away.com), and
corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).
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FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The
Company and its subsidiaries own the following brands: U-Save Car & Truck
Rental, U-Save Car Sales, Rent-A-Wreck of Canada, Auto Rental Resource Center
("ARRC"), Xpress Rent A Car and Peakstone Financial Services.
U-Save, together with its subsidiary ARRC, has over 1,100 locations
throughout the United States and is one of North America's largest franchise
car rental companies. Having primarily serviced the local market for the past
25 years, the Company is expanding into the airport market with plans for the
opening of airport locations in the top 30 markets in the United States and
the major airports in Canada. U-Save currently services 30 airport markets in
15 different states. U-Save Car Sales is an expansion of the U-Save brand into
the car sales market, and provides goods and services to car sales operators
looking to affiliate with a national brand.
Practicar Systems Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of FSNA) owns the
rights to the Rent-A-Wreck(R) trademark for all of Canada. The Rent-A-Wreck(R)
system operates a network of 53 franchises from coast-to-coast in Canada,
providing a range of vehicle rental, leasing and sales options to its
customers. The Rent-A-Wreck(R) system has been in continuous operation in
Canada since 1976.
Certain statements made in this news release are forward looking in
nature. The words "may," "could," "should," "would," "expect," "intend,"
"estimate," "anticipate," "believe," or "outlook" and similar expressions
often identify forward-looking information. By their nature, forward-looking
statements require FSNA to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks
and uncertainties. There is significant risk that predictions, forecasts,
conclusions and projections will not prove to be accurate, that FSNA's
assumptions may not be correct and that actual results may differ materially
from such predictions, forecasts, conclusions or projections. FSNA's
forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary
statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements are made only as of
the date of this news release, and except as required by applicable law, FSNA
undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements
to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as
that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
(1) comScore, December 2008
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Barton, Chief Operating Officer, FSNA, (601) 713-4333 x 116,