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Avis Voted #1 by New Zealand Travel Professionals

PARSIPPANY, N.J., and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Sept. 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avis Car Rental was honored as the "Best Rent A Car Operator" at the recent Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) annual National Travel Industry Awards event, held in Auckland.

"We could not be prouder of our Avis New Zealand team, and they are well-deserving of this honor," said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia-Pacific, Avis Budget Group. "This comes as a result of decades of dedicated hard work and outstanding service by a group of men and women who know what it takes to create true customer delight. To be recognized for this by travel professionals is particularly gratifying."

The National Travel Industry Awards span 21 categories across brand, location, individuals, and brokers. The award ceremony toasts all finalists and category winners and brings New Zealand's travel industry together to recognize, celebrate and congratulate the achievements of those who have excelled in the industry.

"We remain committed to being a growth partner to travel professionals in New Zealand, and helping them serve travelers with the best possible ground transportation," said Kathryn O'Neil, managing director, New Zealand, Avis Budget Group. "They excel in knowing what travelers want, and that they trust Avis to provide this for their clients is very high praise. We're humbled and deeply honored by this recognition."

About TAANZ

The Travel Agents' Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) is a trade organization representing the travel agent, approved travel broker and tour operator distribution system in New Zealand. There is no government licensing for travel agents in New Zealand so TAANZ is a self-regulating organization promoting quality standards, service and performance.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,750 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

CONTACT: Amy Ackerson Avis Car Rental 973.496.3916 PR@avisbudget.com

Source: Avis Car Rental