MIDDLE EAST RESIDENTS TAKE TO THE ROAD DURING EID AL-ADHA– HERTZ SURVEY
58 per cent of respondents to travel by car during annual Islamic holiday as Hertz offers big savings on Prestige, Family Collections
Dubai, UAE, 26 September, 2013: The road is home for many Middle East residents during Eid al-Adha, as travellers look to spend multiple hours on motorways to see close family and friends over the extended holiday period marking the ‘festival of sacrifice’.
According to a survey* conducted by Hertz Rent A Car, aimed at understanding travel habits of Middle East residents during the annual Islamic holiday, 39 per cent of respondents said that they would be travelling for more than 10 hours during Eid, while a further 14 per cent would be travelling for more than 25 hours.
More than half of the 523 respondents from 11 Middle East countries would choose to travel using combination of air and car (58 per cent) while a further 17 per cent would choose rail as the preferred choice of transportation. 45 per cent said they would be on the road to visit family and friends, either close to home, or in neighbouring Middle East countries.
With so many travelling on the roads, both in the Middle East, and across the world over the Eid al-Adha holiday, many residents among the Hertz survey respondents said that their biggest concern was the traffic and share volume of people on the roads.
The good news is that they will be able to benefit from the latest Eid promotion from Hertz. The world’s leading general-use car rental brand is offering a 15 per cent discount on Family (large cars) and Prestige Collection rentals in 20 countries throughout the region and further afield in the USA, Europe, or Australasia, plus airline frequent flyer miles for bookings until 20 October.
Valid for travel until 30 October and with a minimum rental period of five days, Hertz Middle East customers can choose from the likes of a Cadillac Escalade in the USA, a BMW M5 in Germany, an Audi Q7 in France, or a Mercedes Viano in Italy.
Elyes Mrad, Vice President Sales & Marketing commented: “Eid al-Adha is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the Middle East travel calendar. It is a very special time for our Middle East customers, when many look to make extended travel plans in order to spend some quality time with close friends and family.
“The Hertz Eid al-Adha offer with the Prestige and Family Collection of vehicles means that wherever our customers choose to travel, they can rest assured that they will be driving on the roads in absolute comfort and safety.”
The Hertz Eid al-Adha offer will be valid for bookings from markets across the Middle East, namely in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey.
In light of their popularity, all destinations in the USA and Canada are included in the offer as well as European countries, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland – all of which feature on the top-ten list of outbound destinations for Hertz Middle East customers.
The Hertz Eid al-Adha offer can be obtained by logging onto www.hertz.com, calling their local Hertz call centre or visiting their travel agent.
* Hertz Rent A Car survey conducted via Survey Monkey
Eid al-Adha Promotion Terms and Conditions
· Bookings: from now until 20 October 2013
· Valid for travel: from now until 30 October 2013
· Minimum rental: 5 days or longer
· Cars: Large & Prestige Collection
· Valid for rentals in: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
· Customers must quote CDP 783498, and if applicable Airline Frequent Flyer Membership number must be entered at time of rental
· Airline Membership card must be displayed at time of pick up
· Advance reservations only
· Black out dates may apply
· Hertz standard terms and conditions apply
· Discount applies to all mandatory rental costs excluding taxes, fees, surcharges and optional extras such as child seats, additional drivers and fuel, which are charged at normal rates
About Hertz Middle East and Africa
Hertz has a strong presence in the Middle East and Africa region, with 11 Hertz franchisees in the Middle East and 23 in Africa, and a total of 66 locations in the Middle East and 161 outlets in Africa, offering a wide range of car rental and leasing services. Hertz locations across the region offer customers the most modern fleet of vehicles in the market, with a focus on quality, safety and reliability.