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under the flags of sustainability, CO2 low emission, and cost efficiency, new forms of car rental are born. new needs of caruse for shorter periods of time, often lower than one day, and with limited number of car collection and delivery points. target customer: urban corporates that are adopting increasingly CO2 low emission patterns, as part of company policy, or simply conscious of the environment, as well as simple individuals.

to meet this demand, new companies have been created. some like www.movomovo.com where a car owner puts at community disposal his own car and fixes price for this service; in recession times, it can be a good way of obtaining extra income, but it creates problems concerning the ownership of the car and his responsibility to third parties, from an insurance standpoint. movo movo acts here as service company, without any need of investment in assets.

the second type acts nearly as a classic rental company, but creating fares well adapted for short-time needs of car rental, and offering low CO2 emission cars. a good example of it is www.respiromadrid.es and www.hertzondemand.com in an attempt to catch up this new demand.

as dmc, we should look closely this new trend and include other ways of car rental use to our corporate customers that will require from them a little bit of their flexibility in terms of collection and delivery options, but in return they will align their trip needs into more sustainable patterns.

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some of our landmarks:

1991 professional start in inbound tourism

2004 start of our entrepreneurial and professional project in across spain

20082009 recession shakes the world july

2011 official start of a renewed professional project and corporate vision it is

2008 financial earthquake that will help to settle the many continuous changes that happened since the 90’s and 2000’s that makes the world being more interconnected and interdependent.

the trade off of distribution and travel consultancy has changed drastically; initially intertwined, nowadays more and more influenced by an intense use of technology and, on another hand, by a pace of specialization.

at across spain, we have decided to shift our professional project and sail into waters that should lead us into new meaningful horizons, namely a split of our business proposal, one for corporate travellers as dmc (meetings, incentives, business study visits and congresses), another for leisure travellers, embracing specialization in sports, taylormade cultural tours, healthcare and wellness, and luxury travel.

broadening our scope of markets and tapping into longer distance ones, that are already in need of specialized operators that make an intense use of technology and add value by rendering a high level of services. sustainability, likely the mantra that tourism professionals we whisper and don’t know yet very well how to tackle it efficiently. finally, this blog starts as a platform from where to share our concerns and views on markets, suppliers and professionals as actors that have a say on facts and laws that are part of our daily life.

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