National Processing Company announced the signing of a multi-year credit card processing agreement with Motel 6, owned and operated by Accor Lodging North America, a division of Paris-based Accor, the world’s third-largest hospitality company and the European leader in travel, tourism and corporate services. Under the terms of the agreement, NPC will provide merchant card processing solutions for all Motel 6 properties’ Visa(R) and MasterCard(R) transactions.
Accor Lodging North America, thru its multi-brand, economy-lodging division Accor Economy Lodging (AEL), operates the economy leaders Motel 6, Studio 6 and Red Roof Inns in the U.S. and Canada. AEL is the nation’s largest owner and operator of economy lodging properties in the U.S., with more than 1,150 properties representing more than 122,000 rooms throughout the contiguous U.S. and Canada. In aggregate, AEL comprises nearly 10% of the entire U.S. economy-lodging sector. NPC currently provides front-end authorization and settlement services for Red Roof Inns.
“NPC has always worked in partnership with us in delivering a cost- effective processing solution for Red Roof Inns, so it was natural to turn to them to also provide processing for Motel 6,” said Armand Sebban, executive vice president, chief financial officer for Accor Economy Lodging. “Credit cards play a very important role in our business, and NPC provides the expertise to keep our costs associated with card acceptance at a minimum.”
“Accor sets high standards for itself and its providers, so we are very proud the company has chosen to expand its relationship with us,” stated Drew Soinski, senior vice president of Travel and Entertainment for NPC. “We see Accor’s decision as a vote of confidence in NPC’s processing capacity, expertise, and service.”
“NPC has enjoyed a long-term relationship with AEL’s Red Roof Inn properties,” said Mark Pyke, executive vice president of Merchant Services for NPC. “We are honored to be selected as AEL’s merchant processing partner for Motel 6 as well. Like Red Roof Inns, Motel 6 will benefit from NPC’s proven leadership and expertise, as well as our economies of scale and processing efficiencies.”
About Accor Lodging North America
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Accor Lodging North America is a division of Paris-based Accor ([www.accor.com] ), the world’s third-largest hospitality company and the European leader in travel, tourism and corporate services. Accor Lodging North America operates more than 1,200 upscale and economy properties owned by Accor including the upscale Sofitel and Novotel hotel locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the nationwide economy leaders Red Roof Inns, Motel 6 and its new extended-stay product, Studio 6. Together, Red Roof Inns ( [www.redroof.com] ), Motel 6 ([www.motel6.com]), and Studio 6 ([www.staystudio6.com]), comprise nearly 10% of the entire U.S. budget-lodging segment.
With 130,000 associates in 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one of the world’s largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services, with two major international activities:
* Hotels: 3,500 hotels (400,000 rooms) in 90 countries, travel agencies, restaurants and casinos
* Services to corporate clients and public institutions: each day, 12 million people in 31 countries use a broad range of services (Food Vouchers, People’s Care, Expenses Management, Social Services, Incentive/Events) engineered and managed by Accor.
About National Processing, Inc.
National Processing, Inc. through its wholly owned operating subsidiary, National Processing Company (NPC(R)) is a leading provider of merchant credit card processing. National Processing is 87 percent owned by National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC) ([www.nationalcity.com]), a Cleveland based $91 billion financial holding company. NPC supports over 500,000 merchant locations, representing nearly one out of every five Visa(R) and MasterCard(R) transactions processed nationally. NPC’s card processing solutions offer superior levels of service and performance and assist merchants in lowering their total cost of card acceptance through our world-class people, technology and service. Additional information regarding National Processing can be obtained at [www.npc.net] .