SOURCE: Merchant Link

Merchant Link

April 20, 2010 09:58 ET

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Does Not Gamble With Security of Guests' Personal Information by Installing TransactionVault for Lodging™ From Merchant Link

SILVER SPRING, MD--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  More than 25,000 guests visit Fantasy Springs Resort Casino each month, where they are met with luxurious accommodations, the finest cuisine, the most exciting entertainment, and a world class casino. Now, they also enjoy something most do not even realize is provided: the utmost security for their personal credit card information, thanks to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's recent installation of Merchant Link's TransactionVault for Lodging™, which is a comprehensive, hosted credit card data tokenization and security product and service, available to users of any POS/PMS system that handles credit card data. 

According to Don Lindsey, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's director of information technology, the property, like any hotel, needed to retain guest credit card information for a much longer duration than merchants in the retail or restaurant sectors. At the same time, he said, the resort faced the always-challenging requirements, issued by credit card associations, to achieve and maintain Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) compliance.

"Our management was becoming concerned about reports of the increasing incidence of credit card data breaches occurring in the hospitality sector," said Lindsey. "We wanted to do the utmost to secure the personal data of our valued guests and therefore turned to Merchant Link and TransactionVault for Lodging for help and support."

In September 2009, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino installed TransactionVault for Lodging. The system replaces guest credit card numbers with unique "tokens," which can be used for all transactions, folios, customer analytics, and marketing. Unlike other tokenization products, TransactionVault for Lodging assigns unique tokens for each credit card, as opposed to each transaction. Guests' actual credit card information is removed and safeguarded at one of Merchant Link's secure data centers. 

"The installation and operation of TransactionVault for Lodging has been transparent to Fantasy Springs guests and staff and has had no impact on transaction speed or accuracy," added Lindsey. "In fact, it has also lowered Fantasy Springs' cost and reduced its effort of achieving and maintaining PCI compliance. Best of all, we have the peace of mind that we're doing the utmost to protect the personal financial data of our guests -- and therefore our corporate reputation." 

About Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino provides an oasis in the desert, featuring 25 "Best of Gaming" awards from Casino Player magazine. Offering 2,000 of the hottest slots, world-class table games, entertainment, hotel, dining and golf at Eagle Falls, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino stands to meet and exceed the needs of its guests and the community. Fantasy Springs is conveniently located right off Interstate 10 and is a short drive from the Palm Springs International Airport. Fantasy Springs is a privately operated business of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. Become a fan of Fantasy Springs on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to find out up to the minute resort information. Further information is available at www.fantasyspringsresort.com

About Merchant Link LLC

Merchant Link is a leading payments gateway company, providing PCI compliance, secure solutions, data transport services and comprehensive technology to merchants, software providers and credit card processors. Its premier product, TransactionVault, features the next generation of tokenization by replacing each card number with unique keys. Merchant Link currently supports more than 120,000 hotels, restaurants, ballparks, and other venues, and maintains connectivity to the major US payment card processors. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., Merchant Link handles more than 2 billion transactions for some of the world's best-known merchants. Further information is available at www.merchantlink.com.

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