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Elsafe Selected to Provide In-room Safes
to Accor Hotels Worldwide
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LEKSVIK, NORWAY - (December 9, 2002) - Elsafe International a.s., the world's leading supplier of electronic safes to the hospitality industry for over 23 years, has announced that a global supplier agreement has just been finalized with Accor Hotels. This "Nominated Supplier" agreement gives Elsafe priority status as a supplier of in-room safes to 3,700 Accor hotels, comprising over 425,000 guestrooms in 90 countries around the globe. As Central Europe's leading hotel chain, Accor's worldwide franchise network includes such well-known hotel brands as Novotel, Motel 6, Red Roof Inn, Sofitel, Courtepaille, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Hotelia, Ibis, Lenotre, Mecure, Libertel, Coralia, and Thalassa hotels. 

Accor's recent agreement with Elsafe formalizes a 20-year history between the two global leaders. Since installing the first safe in an Accor Hotel in 1982, Elsafe has installed over 20,000 safes in Accor owned, operated and/or franchised properties around the world. The new strategic partnership between the two companies is intended to  provide all Accor brands with approved access to Elsafe’s extensive line of electronic in-room safes and related security products. Current Elsafe products include a wide variety of styles and features, ranging from the affordable new Sentinel Series to the highly advanced, award-winning Biometric Infinity safe.
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The Infinity Digital is the culmination of Elsafe's 23 years of hospitality security experience. Its development was based on feedback from thousands of properties all over the world, showing that guests feel most secure with digital simplicity that allows them to choose their own personal 4- or 6-digit code for access.


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Accor representatives cited Elsafe's proven leadership, continuous product innovation, advanced security features and customer support as primary reasons for the company's selection as an Accor global supplier. Elsafe president, Alvin Berg said, "This landmark agreement both confirms and strengthens the excellent relationship we have maintained with Accor for over two decades now. We are honored to have this opportunity to continue our support of Accor properties, by providing the industry's most innovative and secure in-room safes, complemented by our unmatched worldwide service capabilities and support.”

About Accor Hotels
With approximately 147,000 associates in 140 countries, Accor S.A. (Euronext Paris Symbol AC) is Central Europe's leading hotel group and one of the world's largest forces in travel, tourism and corporate services. The company's extensive global network encompasses 3,800 hotels with 425,000 guestroom in 90 countries, as well as casinos, travel agencies,  restaurants and service organizations. Each day, an average of 13 million people in 32 countries use a broad range of Accor services, such as incentive, loyalty programs, and events. For more information on Accor, please visit www.accor.com

About Elsafe International AS
With the invention of the world's first electronic in-room safe in 1979, Elsafe revolutionized hotel guestroom security. For over 23 years since, Elsafe has maintained this position of leadership, continuously introducing new products that combine unparalleled strength and durability with technological superiority. Recently, the company became the first safe manufacturer to pass the stringent UL break-in test with the popular Infinity™ Collection. The company also was the first to successfully incorporate biometric access technology into an in-room safe. This Biometric safe was awarded the "Editor's Choice" Award for best new product at the 2001 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York. Currently, Elsafe products are installed in nearly 1 million hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins around the globe. Used by virtually every major hotel chain in over 130 countries, Elsafe is the most trusted name in guestroom security. Elsafe is part of the VingCard group. VingCard belongs to the ASSA ABLOY group, a public Swedish company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. The group's expansive international network consists of 11 subsidiaries and 75 distributors. Currently, the group has around 30,000 employees and annual sales of approx. USD 3 billion.  For more information, please visit www.elsafe.com or www.assaabloy.com

The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. The Group has about 30,000 employees and annual sales of about EUR3 billion.

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Contact

Alvin Berg
President
ELSAFE A.S.
7120 Leksvik, Norway
Tel: +47 74 85 35 00
Fax: +47 74 85 80 30
E-mail:info@elsafe.com
www.elsafe.com

PR Agent:
Andrea Nix
Phoenix Marketing Group
225 E. Robinson St., Ste. 200, Orlando, FL 32801
Tel: (407) 425-9686
Fax: (407) 425-3677
E-mail: andrea@phoenix-group.us

Also See The World’s Leading Lock Group Combines Three North American Hotel Security Brands to Form ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. / July 2002 
Elsafe Awarded Contract to Secure 2,010 Guestrooms at Billion Dollar Borgata Resort in Atlantic City / July 2002


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