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Tender Retail to process payments for Intrawest resorts

‘Resort charge’ option also in the works

Intrawest will use transaction processing company Tender Retail for all of its credit, debit and gift card payments at the company's Canadian ski resorts, hotels and golf courses, including Whistler-Blackcomb.

"Tender Retail offered attractively priced, best-of-breed transaction handling technology, integrated seamlessly into our existing point-of-sale systems, and tailored additional services to meet our special payment processing needs. Tender Retail was clearly our best choice," says Dennis Marriott, manager of Revenue Systems for Intrawest's Resort Operations Group.

Toronto-based Tender Retail has captured nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian transaction processing market since it began operating in1987. The company has installed tens of thousands of integrated payment systems in businesses nationally and recently began exporting its services and products to the U.S.

Tender Retail, and a value-added partner, are also helping Intrawest develop a "resort charge" option for its village guests, to facilitate charge-to-room, credit-backed and charge-to-member payment types. The goal of this program is to allow homeowners, members and guests to ski, golf, bike, hike, dine and shop, without carrying a wallet, credit card or cash.

"It's one more service we can offer, to help make a stay in our villages even more enjoyable," says Marriott.

ResortQuest to manage Telluride property

Florida-based vacation rental property management company ResortQuest will manage the Bear Creek Lodge, a luxury resort property in Telluride’s Mountain Village.

By the end of 2004, Bear Creek will become a ski in/ski out property with the scheduled completion of an access lift.

ResortQuest will manage Bear Creek’s front desk, and will also promote the vacation rentals at the three year-old Colorado property.

Resort Quest manages more than 50 resort properties in the United States and Canada, including several in Whistler.

Fitzsimmons Creek gets a clean-up

The Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group in conjunction with Whistler-Blackcomb’s HIT team conducted a stream clean up in Fitzsimmons Creek on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The 18-strong group targeted an area along the stream between Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way and filled more than 25 bags with garbage out of the river and the surrounding area.

The refuse was composed primarily of broken bottles, and beer cans, but there was a large amount of household waste as well.

The WFSG would like to thank all the volunteers and the HIT group for their enthusiasm and their ability to make a tough job enjoyable.


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