News Hertz and Marriott to continue partnership November 2003 217 Hertz, the world’s largest car rental company, has re-signed a four-year agreement with Marriott International, one of the leading worldwide hospitality companies, to be the group’s exclusive car rental provider. Stretching back 20 years, the partnership includes a frequent traveller programme, hotel car rental concessions, reservation centre call transfer and web transfer. “Our partnership with Marriott grew out of a natural progression,” said Michel Taride, president of Hertz Europe. “We are two of the world’s premier travel companies sharing similar values, business strategies and goals - to deliver a superior product, premier customer service and exceptional quality at a reasonable price.” Marriott International has more than 2,600 lodging properties located in the United States and 63 other countries and territoriesHertz is the largest worldwide general use car rental business, operating in over 150 countries from 7000 locations. In the Middle East, Hertz is represented by franchise operations in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the UAE and Yemen, and by general sales agents in Saudi and Bahrain. Hertz is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.