Goldcar Rental achieved over 15% business growth during 2013

The leading tourism vehicle rental company achieved a two-figure growth rate for the fourth year in a row.

Goldcar Alicante Train Station

Goldcar Alicante Train Station

Goldcar Rental, the leading tourism vehicle rental corporation, has achieved a new record increasing their rental figures over 15% during 2013 when compared to 2012. Since 2010, the company has managed to grow their business over 10% in each of the last four financial years.

Goldcar’s CEO, Juan Alcaraz affirmed “both the good development of the Spanish tourism industry together with the consolidation of our presence in Portugal and Italy have enabled us to attain and exceed all the goals that we set ourselves at the beginning of this year”. Our compromise towards offering the best, newest, and safest vehicles with the lowest carbon emissions at the best prices is still a great market success”.

An expansion plan developed with the opening of eight new offices during the past financial year has helped Goldcar’s Group increase its business.  These new locations required investments over 70 million Euros and have resulted in the creation of over 120 direct jobs, with an additional 300 indirect positions. Three of the new offices are located in Italy -Rome-Ciampino, Bergamo and Milan-Malpensa airports- and a further five are nearby AVE fast speed railway stations in Alicante, Madrid, Malaga, Seville and Valencia. This way the company ensures coverage of a new market segment which includes AVE fast speed train passengers, in order to complement their office network over all the major Spanish airports.

2013 sees the creation of two new business lines

In addition to this geographical expansion, Goldcar Group has also opened two new business lines during 2013 under the Goldcar Fleet Services and Rhodium Car Rental brands. Goldcar Group’s MD Fernando Villar ensures that “both offerings aimed at the business sector have had a huge acceptance by the market and we are certain that they will benefit from the financial recovery that is starting to take place after years of negative figures and the ongoing destruction of the national business network”.

Goldcar Fleet Services provides fleet services to companies with the purpose of meeting their vehicle demands in order to develop their business. It offers a full quality service adapted to each customer’s needs, with unbeatable mid and long term rental proposals and flexible renting.

Rhodium Car Rental is a new Goldcar division created to meet the vehicle rental needs of the corporate market. It comprises a team of highly experienced professionals that guarantee the service’s commitment to transparency, diligence, safety and quality.

Goldcar Group therefore consolidates as a global supplier that meets the mobility needs of both companies and individuals with over 45 offices in three countries and three successful business lines: Goldcar Rental, Goldcar Fleet Services and Rhodium Car Rental.

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Goldcar opens two new offices in Madrid and Valencia

The tourism rent a car firm invested 1,8 millions in a move to get closer to AVE fast train users

Goldcar Valencia Train Station

Goldcar Valencia Train Station

GoldcarRental have expanded their presence in Madrid and Valencia. The leading tourism rent a car firm has opened two new offices nearby the AVE railway stations in both cities in a move to increase the services available to fast train users by simplifying their transfers.

Goldcar has invested over €1,800,000 altogether in both new openings: around €150,000 in the adaptation of the new premises and over €1,650,000 in purchasing a new, modern vehicle fleet with eco-friendly features.

The new branches have resulted in the creation of seven new positions and an additional 25 indirect jobs.

Goldcar group, who already have offices nearby Madrid and Valencia airports, will be duplicating their offering in these cities since this month, in a move to get closer to two of the most important AVE railway stations in Spain due to the high number of passengers.

Since January 2013, Goldcar have opened five new offices in Spain: in addition to the new offices opened in Valencia and Madrid, they have also opened new branches in Malaga, Seville and Alicante.

Goldcar Rental has held a prominent, leading position within the tourism vehicle rental market for several years. Their expansion policy in Spain, Portugal and Italy has contributed enormously to this development. The company currently has 44 own offices spread across the most important tourism destinations, 9 of which are located in Portugal and Italy.

Goldcar has over 32,000 vehicles and 70% of their fleet is renewed yearly. The company has already created 650 direct jobs.

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Goldcar consolidates their expansion with 6 new offices

Goldcar Sevilla Train Station

Goldcar Sevilla Train Station

Goldcar Rental, a leading rent a car company on the tourist market, consolidates their expansion plan by opening 6 new offices early in the year.

The new offices provide a significant boost to the company’s growth strategy in recent years, which has already given Goldcar notable presence in three countries: Spain, Portugal and Italy. New offices were also opened near the high speed train stations in the cities of Alicante, Malaga and Seville early this year.

In addition, Goldcar has offices at the Milan-Malpensa and Rome-Ciampino airports. A third office was recently opened near the airport in Bergamo. These three offices, and the ones opened in the Pisa and Bologna airports in 2012, make a total of five offices in Italy.

The opening of the new facilities meant an investment of 13 million euros (including an important sum for purchasing the car rental fleet) and will create 25 direct jobs and around 75 indirect jobs.

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Goldcar Rental attains a new record with a 20% increase in its activity

The Goldcar Rental group has attained a new record by increasing the number of contracts attended in 2012 by 20% compared to 2011.

Goldcar Headoffice

Goldcar Headoffice

The growth experienced was an endorsement for Goldcar’s plan for expansion, which has materialised in the opening of 7 new offices in 2012. Goldcar is already present in every major destination in the centre and north of Spain. New offices have been opened in Portugal; one in Lisbon airport and another in Porto. The company has also branched out into the Italian market by opening offices in the airports in Pisa and Bologna.

Juan Alcaraz, Goldcar’s CEO, has said, “We are very pleased with the achievements attained in 2012, in a period of deep economic uncertainty. The decision to expand our business model and offer the best and newest cars at the best prices has proved to be an unbeatable formula“.

The plan for expansion undertaken by Goldcar in recent years led to an investment of 60 million euros in 2012 to open new offices and expand the offering in existing offices. This growth has created more than 100 direct jobs and at least 300 indirect jobs.

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Goldcar reaches an agreement with Via Verde to make toll payments easier on new Portuguese roads

The Portuguese government has changed the way it manages the use of some of the main roads in the country.

Goldcar Faro Airport

Goldcar Faro Airport

Some motorways that were previously free have lost that feature as the government now charge for their use. These motorways only have overhead gantry systems, (as shown in the photograph) and they will not have toll booths or machines where you can pay as you go.

Goldcar has reached an agreement with Via Verde -the company in charge of collecting these fees- to install ‘Electronic Devices’ for automatic payment in all our fleet.

Thanks to these devices, tolls will be automatically charged to the credit card of our customers who want to enjoy this option, 15 days after the car hire contract is finished.

This way they can avoid the hassle of paying in person in a post office or ‘Payshop’ the next day –or up to 5 days after using the toll- and of course they can avoid being fined for not paying the fees due.

Portuguese law set a price of €1,5/day for the renting of this ‘Electronic Device’ and that’s the amount Goldcar will charge.

There is more detailed information at www.goldcar.es/en/viaverde/

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Goldcar opened their new office in Lisbon yesterday

Goldcar Lisbon Airport

Goldcar Lisbon Airport

Goldcar Rental opened an office in Lisbon airport yesterday. The new office, located in Terminal 1, opens for travellers to the biggest airport in Portugal. The new establishment is the third office opened in Portugal by Spain’s leading rent a car company.

The company’s expansion in Europe started in May 2011 with the opening of the first offices in Faro (in the Portuguese Algarve region). It is completed this year with new offices in Italy – at the Bologna and Pisa airports – and with the one in the vicinity of the Oporto airport, in Portugal.

The opening of the Lisbon facilities meant an investment of 2 million euros (including an important sum for purchasing the car rental fleet) and will create fourteen direct jobs and around thirty-five indirect jobs.

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Goldcar opens its new offices in Madrid, Santander and Santiago de Compostela

Image of a new Goldcar office in the vicinity of Santiago-Lavacolla airport in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Image of a new Goldcar office in the vicinity of Santiago-Lavacolla airport in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Goldcar Rental opened three new offices last week near the airports of Madrid-Barajas, Santander and Santiago de Compostela-Lavacolla. The opening of these new offices has helped consolidate the company’s plan to expand the business, having already opened their second office in Portugal, near Oporto airport, along with their first two offices in Italy, in the airports of Pisa and Bologna, all within the space of the first five months of the year.

Getting the facilities in Madrid, Santander and Santiago up and running has re-quired a joint investment of over 13 million euros, (including the purchase of the fleet of rental vehicles) and will lead to the creation of some twenty direct jobs and around sixty indirect jobs.

Thanks to these new offices, Goldcar now has 34 outlets throughout Spain and in three more countries. The company’s decision to focus on markets in the northern part of the country, (together with the office in Bilbao, which opened in June 2011, there are now three offices in the area) also reflects the growing importance of tourist markets that offer an alternative to traditional ones.

A similar phenomenon is also at work in Madrid, whose airport has seen a huge increase in recent years in the presence of low-cost airlines that usually operate out of regional airports.

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Goldcar opened their fourth international office in Oporto yesterday

The new Goldcar office in Oporto - Portugal

Goldcar Rental opened an office in the Portuguese city of Oporto yesterday. The new establishment is the fourth international branch opened by the leading rent a car company in Spain. The company’s expansion in Europe started in May 2011 with the opening of the first offices in Faro (in the Portuguese Algarve region). It is completed this month with the new offices in Italy –Bologna and Pisa – and with the one in Oporto, Portugal, that is operating since yesterday.

Goldcar Rental has invested 1.5 million euros in the Oporto facilities, which will create ten direct jobs and around thirty indirect jobs.

Goldcar Rental is carrying out all the necessary procedures to open their third of-fice in Portugal in the coming weeks. The company’s plan for expansion also calls for the opening of new Goldcar facilities in Madrid and Santiago de Compostela in the first six months of 2012.

The opening of the Oporto office brings the number of Goldcar offices to 31. The offices at the airport in Faro meet the increasing customer demand all through the Algarve region, one of the preferred holiday destinations of thousands of Europeans. Oporto is the second most important city in the country, and the branch there will be of the greatest importance for visitors to the Douro valley and northern Portugal.

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Goldcar opens their first two offices in Italy

The company continues their international expansion which started last year with the opening of an office in Faro (Portugal).

Goldcar Rental's new office at Pisa airport (Italy)

Goldcar Rental, leader in the rent a car business for tourists, opens their first two offices in Italy. The company’s presence in Italy, the fifth most visited country in the world, strengthens Goldcar’s aim of securing a segment of a strategic market for the company: Tourism. Goldcar is already the leading company in the market in Spain.

The chosen destinations are the cities of Pisa and Bologna, their airports, to be precise. As of this week, travellers to those airports will find a Goldcar at the Guglielmo Marconi airport in Bologna, and a second office at the Galileo Galilei airport in Pisa a few days later.

The opening of the new facilities has allowed twenty direct jobs and at least fifty indirect jobs to be created. Goldcar has invested more than 16 million euros to that end.

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Goldcar Rental’s activity increased by 21% in 2011, consolidating their position as the leading rent a car in the Spanish tourist sector

Last year the company invested more than 100 million in their expansion and created one hundred direct jobs.

The Goldcar Rental group strengthened their position as the leading rent a car company in the Spanish tourist sectors thanks to 609,000 contracts attained in 2011. In an advance of last year’s results, the company confirmed that vehicle rentals increased 21% last year, compared to the figure attained in 2010, when 500,000 operations were concluded.

Last year the company grew 50% more than the forecast made at the beginning of the year, exceeding the most optimistic estimates. Juan Alcaraz, Goldcar’s executive vice-president, said that “these highly significant figures show right our expansion policy was when we opened new offices in Barcelona, Ibiza, Menorca, Bilbao and Faro (Portugal) in 2011. All these offices performed much better than expected”.

Goldcar’s expansion policy has led the company to invest more than 100 million euros in opening new offices last year. This growth has created more than 100 direct jobs, to which a further 250 indirect jobs must be added.

Spectacular growth in the Canary Islands

Attention should be drawn to the excellent results achieved by the Goldcar Rental offices in the Canary Islands, where the total number of contracts grew by 50% compared to 2010. This datum reflects good times for the tourist sector in the Canary Islands, which saw a considerable increase in the number of vsitors. Fernando Villar, Goldcar’s managing director, confirms that “at some of our offices in the Canary Islands, notably in Fuerteventura and Tenerife Norte, we have seen three-digit growth and even higher. The results of the offices in Tenerife Sur, Las Palmas and Lanzarote have also show excellent performance with much more impressive growth figures than we estimated at the beginning of the year”.

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