Europcar Group launches new franchises in nine countries The car rental group has opened new franchises in Israel, Lebanon, Rwanda, Senegal, Cambodia, Guatemala and Mali as it looks to accelerate its global growth. The franchises are for its two major brands, Europcar and InterRent. Read more.

AirBaltic reports record number of passengers The airline, which has a network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East, said it carried over 319,000 passengers in October 2017, up 26% on the same period last year. It marks the fifth record month in a row for the airline. Read more.

Thwaites post 14% sales rise in hotels and spa division The hospitality group saw overall turnover rise 9% to £48m in the six months to 30th September, with operating profit up 4% to £7.7m. The company said its hotels division will be a key focus of its growth strategy going forward. Read more.

InterContinental Hotels Group partners with OpenTable and Grubhub The partnership will provide IHG Rewards Club members with points if they use IHG channels to book restaurants on OpenTable or order food from Grubhub. Read more.

Revenues rise 6% at pub operator Young’s The business reported that in the 26 weeks to 2nd October, revenues increased by 6% to $144.1m, while operating profit rose 10% to £27.8m. The business also voiced concerns about how Brexit may impact the pub industry. Read more.

Pieminister targets further London expansion The pie shop concept is to open its third site in London with a new outlet in Brixton. The 13-strong group has secured a 50-cover site in Brixton Market, MCA reports. Read more.