PURCHASE, NY (July 29, 2013) – MasterCard and The Leading Hotels of the World announced an agreement to provide MasterCard cardholders offers at participating hotels globally. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is uniquely aligned with MasterCard’s Priceless Cities program to offer memorable travel experiences.  

All MasterCard cardholders have access to exclusive Leading Hotels of the World promotions.  For example, cardholders booking a five-night stay through participating Leading Hotels of the World pay for four nights and receive the fifth night free.  “The collaboration with Leading Hotels is yet another example of how we seek out unique, Priceless experiences for our cardholders,” said Elizabeth Wolgemuth, Senior Vice President Global Merchant Marketing, MasterCard Worldwide. “And with summer travel heating up, we’re providing more reasons for our cardholders to take a vacation.”

Benjamin Collier, Senior Director Brand Marketing, The Leading Hotels of the World affirmed, “We’re thrilled to announce this new global alliance. MasterCard cardholders frequently travel the world, and when they do, we’d like to reward them for staying at Leading Hotels where they will enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences, in Priceless cities both local and abroad.”

The Leading Hotels of the World offers will be available initially to registrants of Priceless Cities throughout the U.S. and within additional Priceless cities globally shortly thereafter.

MasterCard’s Priceless Cities program offers cardholders who sign up for the program access to handpicked experiences and offers not only in their home cities, but also in cities around the world. Such experiences include exclusive access to concerts, theatre, restaurants, museums, and sporting events around the world. The program is currently available in 15 cities across the globe, including New York, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Toronto and Buenos Aires

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About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness.  Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion.

 About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

Contacts:

Marcy Cohen                                                             

MasterCard Worldwide                                             

(914) 249-2214                                                         

Marcy_Cohen@MasterCard.com                              

Benjamin Collier

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd

(212) 515-5804

bcollier@LHW.com