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NRMA & Thrifty expand presence in Canberra

09 April 2013

The NRMA Group, which owns Thrifty Car Rentals, has further expanded its presence in Canberra with the recent acquisition of the historic Hotel Kurrajong and two new Thrifty locations.

NRMA is making a significant investment in the nation's capital and will redevelop the heritage-listed icon to become Travelodge Kurrajong.

Thrifty Car Rentals, another NRMA subsidiary, is also growing its market share, opening a new location at Canberra Airport to act as an express office for government and VIP customers.

A second Thrifty location in Canberra recently relocated to a larger, purpose built location in Fyshwick to cater for increased customer demand in the area.

The region has been flagged as a key area of growth for the parent company, which will leverage the brand recognition of its extensive Canberra-based businesses including MotorServe Car Service Centres, NRMA Safer Driving Schools and Thrifty Car Rentals.

NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart said the Group's investment in Canberra came at an opportune time.
"I'm delighted we have the chance to further expand our presence in Canberra at such a pivotal time in its history," Mr Stuart said.

"What better way to help our capital city celebrate its Centenary than by contributing to the economic prosperity of the region – after all, the NRMA has been part of Canberra since 1920."

NRMA has purchased the historic Hotel Kurrajong in a joint venture with Toga Hospitality.

Thrifty's new Fyshwick location opened in February, with the express office at Canberra Airport scheduled to open with a Gala event for VIP customers and key government representatives in late April.

The 4 star hotel, just two blocks from Parliament House, will have 145 rooms, the Chifley Restaurant and several conference rooms.

Notes for journalists:

  • Kingmill Pty Ltd, trading as Thrifty Car Rental is 100% owned by the NRMA Motoring & Services.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Carly Wilson, Thrifty Communications Manager on 02 8337 2794, or by emailing