“Atos Origin manages InterContinental Hotel Group’s new payment card scheme”
London, 1 March 2007
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, announces the signing of a five year contract with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) to develop, operate and manage its new business-to-business payment card for use by IHG hotels in the United Kingdom.
The new payment card will provide IHG's account customers with a cost effective and reliable payment method for their travel needs. Whether this be for a single night or a lengthier stay, multi delegate, full service conferences or meetings, the card can be used at any Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn or Express or Holiday Inn hotel in the UK, as well as InterContinental London Park Lane.
“Implementing this new payment scheme enables our customers to track, analyse and forecast business travel expenditure and provides a reliable line of credit for their employee travellers at all IHG hotels.” said Colin Roy, VP Marketing and Revenue EMEA, IHG. “There are no administration fees or set up charges to our customers and through our chosen business partner, Atos Worldline, we have been able to take advantage of creative business models to reduce and rationalise our investment costs in the launch of this product.”
Atos Worldline was chosen by IHG to manage all services related to the payment card. These include application processing via a Web portal and telephone support service; direct debit processing; account holder database management; card production and dispatch. It also covers transaction processing, such as online authorization, invoice and statement production; payment services such as merchant settlement, account holder payments and credit and debt risk management services and Front and Back Office customer support services, supported by a Web portal.
“This new client contract represents another win in the continuing success of Atos Worldline's electronic payment services and demonstrates our ability to make repeat sales of a true market leading offering, supported by a solution which is rich in technology and functionality and in which we continue to make significant investment for customers.” states Peter Phillips, Director, Electronic Payments & Card Processing, Atos Worldline in the UK. “Through the use of our added value high tech solutions, Atos Worldline demonstrates its ability to design, build, implement, host and support solutions to meet IHG's business requirements.”
Atos Worldline's loyalty programme management services provide mature and proven mechanisms for managing business expenditure and delivering brand loyalty. Atos Worldline card issuer services deliver to organisations and their business account holders guaranteed payment terms, improved cash flow and easier reconciliation through the use of innovative business models and the latest technological advancements.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 3,650 hotels and 540,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 28 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ichotelsgroup.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com.
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About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company - Atos Worldline is a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic exchanges, specialising in electronic payment services, CRM and e-services (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. On December 7th 2006, Atos Origin announced the acquisition of Banksys and Bank Card Company (BCC), creating a European leader in Payment services, with combined pro forma 2006 revenues of EUR 630 million and 4,000 employees.
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