The grapevine is buzzing with rumors of
early merger talks between Vanguard Car Rental
USA, which operates National and
Alamo, and the Dollar Thrifty Automotive
Group. In the car rental world, that would be the biggest
hookup since Brangelina.
But when asked to
comment on the rumors, spurred by an item in the New York Times,
representatives from both companies played coy. "The only comment I
can provide you is that it is our policy to not comment on market
rumors or speculation," said a Dollar Thrifty representative.
Vanguard cut to the chase: "We have no comment."
coming full circle for Hotwire and
Sabre, TC hears.
distressed-inventory site now owned by Expedia,
used Sabre for GDS services at launch in 2000 when Hotwire was a
standalone company. But then Hotwire changed horses, switching to
Worldspan in 2003. TC hears that Hotwire is almost
ready for another switcheroo, and it won't be long before Hotwire
ditches Worldspan and begins using Sabre again for GDS
It's a logical
move, given the fact that sister company Expedia.com has been
moving much of its booking-engine load off Worldspan in favor of
new best-buddy Sabre. Of course, Hotwire could always go for the
dual-GDS solution as Expedia.com has done.
further twist, and not that this amounts to a Six Degrees
of Kevin Bacon kind of thing, but the first Hotwire CEO,
Karl Peterson, was in on the 2000 decision to use Sabre.
Peterson left Hotwire after Expedia acquired it and returned to his
roots at Texas Pacific Group, which is one of the
two private equity groups on tap to buy Sabre in the next few
hears that Florida's Palm Beach County
could take over management of the Palm Beach County
Convention Center from the local convention and visitors
bureau. County commissioners ordered an audit of the CVB after an
employee was found to be subsidizing a gambling habit with bureau
funds, a scandal that led to the resignation of some top CVB
officials last year.