Cardtronics and GE Money Provide Easy Cash Access to Guests of Universal Studios Theme Parks
HOUSTON, June 24, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — GE Money and Cardtronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CATM) have teamed up to bring ATM services to Universal Studios(r) theme parks in Florida and California. Under terms of the 7-year agreement, approximately 25 ATMs will join Universal Studios’ cast of classic characters and thrilling attractions to make Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal CityWalk(r) Orlando and Universal CityWalk Hollywood more enjoyable for their 16 million plus annual guests by providing quick and easy cash access.
ATMs installed in the Universal Studios theme parks and CityWalk venues will carry the GE Money brand and will be owned and operated by Cardtronics. The ATMs will feature unique enclosures and visual design cues that will allow them to seamlessly blend into the exciting theme park and entertainment experience.
“Universal Studios provides an exceptional entertainment experience for millions of visitors every year,” stated Brian Archer, Cardtronics EVP, “and Cardtronics, in conjunction with GE Money, will be there to provide consistent, convenient cash access when and where it is needed.”
“Bringing ATM services, along with other cardholder services we provide at the parks, rounds out our offerings to provide payment convenience or cash access for visitors to Universal Theme Parks,” says Margaret Keane, CEO and president GE Money Retail Consumer Finance.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Cardtronics (Nasdaq:CATM) is the world’s largest operator of ATMs. Cardtronics operates over 32,600 ATMs across its portfolio with ATMs in every major U.S. market as well as approximately 2,350 ATMs throughout the UK and 1,425 ATMs in Mexico. Major merchant-clients include 7-Eleven(r), Chevron(r), Costco(r), CVS(r)/pharmacy, Duane Reade(r), ExxonMobil(r), Rite Aid(r), Safeway(r), Sunoco(r), Target(r), and Walgreens(r). Complementing its ATM operations, Cardtronics works with financial institutions of all sizes to provide their customers with convenient cash access and deposit capabilities through ATM branding, surcharge free programs, and image deposit. Over 9,500 Cardtronics owned and operated ATMs currently feature bank brands. For more information about Cardtronics, please visit www.cardtronics.com.
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About GE Money
With more than $200 billion in assets, GE Money, a unit of General Electric Company, (NYSE:GE) is a leading provider of retail banking and credit services to consumers and retailers in more than 50 countries around the world. With more than 130 million global customers, GE Money, based in London, UK, offers a range of financial products, including private label credit cards, personal loans, bank cards, mortgages, debt consolidation and home equity loans and credit insurance. More information can be found at www.gemoney.com.
About Universal Studios Theme Parks
Universal Orlando Resort has created some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture’s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two exciting theme parks — Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime entertainment complex; and three magnificently themed on-site Loews hotels — the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Flagship experiences featured in the theme parks include “The Simpsons Ride,”"Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride,”"The Incredible Hulk Coaster” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.” More information is available at www.universalorlando.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com), The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex; the Universal CityWalk Cinemas; and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. Universal CityWalk features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. Universal CityWalk Cinemas, offering the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles, features 19 screens including one of Southern California’s largest IMAX(r) venues and newly renovated stadium-style seating. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as “The Simpsons Ride,”"Revenge of the Mummy(tm) – The Ride, “”Shrek 4-D(tm),”"Jurassic Park(r) – The Ride,” and the world-renowned StudioTour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.”
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