Interpreting at the AVIS 2018 Annual Conference


AVIS, a well-known car hire firm, was sold in 2018 by Piraeus Bank. One of the buyers was a company in the Turkish Otokoç Group. Otokoç’s Deputy General Manager in Turkey, İnan Ekici, attended the company’s annual conference along with other senior executives from his country. The organisers therefore needed simultaneous interpreting services from Greek to Turkish.


The task was assigned to me by the Your Interpreter agency run by my colleague Zoe Resta, who had undertaken general coordination of language services. Two interpreters were charged with ensuring the conference ran smoothly. During preparations, I contacted the colleague I would be working with, to coordinate our efforts.

Our preparations included:

  • Studying analyses on general trends in the rental car market
  • Exchanging articles and other sources relevant to the issue
  • Examining the presentations and materials provided by organisers
  • Extracting special terminology and preparing glossaries
  • Exchanging our personal glossaries
  • Other coordination-related issues

On the day of the conference we visited the event venue well before the scheduled time to settle any procedural issues with organisers and to check that the technical equipment was operating properly (booths, headphones, microphones, etc.). Simultaneous interpreting services from Greek to Turkish were provided at the event.


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  • Offering professional interpreting during your talks with associates and foreign organisations
  • Providing simultaneous interpreting at your conferences
  • Assembling a team of interpreters for a wide range of languages or for longer meetings, etc.
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