White Lodging Services Corp., which owns or manages 171 U.S. hotels under Marriott, Starwood and InterContinental Hotels Group brands, last week said it was investigating a suspected credit card security breach at 14 of its properties.

The Indiana-based company said the suspected breach was at hotel food-and-beverage outlets at 13 of the properties. At one property, the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind., the suspected breach was related to guest registrations as well as food-and-beverage payments.

The other 13 impacted properties are seven Marriott-branded properties (Chicago Midway; Boulder, Colo.; Denver South; Austin South, Texas; Indianapolis Downtown; Richmond Downtown, Va.; and Louisville Downtown, Ky.), two Holiday Inns (Midway Chicago and Austin Northwest); two Renaissance hotels (Plantation, Fla., and Broomfield Flatiron, Colo.); the Sheraton Erie Bayfront in Erie, Pa.; and the Westin Austin at the Domain in Texas.

The alleged breaches took place between March and December of 2013.

"Upon learning of the suspected data security breach, we immediately contacted the appropriate federal law enforcement officials and initiated a third-party forensic review, including a review of all other properties managed by White Lodging," the company said in a Feb. 3 statement.

"Radisson deeply values the privacy of the personal information of our guests," Radisson parent Carlson Rezidor said in a Feb. 4 statement. "The brand is working closely with White Lodging … as they investigate the breach."

White Lodging's hotels include 78 properties under Marriott International's Courtyard and Residence Inn badges. The company is also developing a 1,012-room JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, that's slated to open in March 2015 and said late last month that it celebrated its topping-out construction milestone on that property.

"The suspected breach did not impact any systems that Marriott owns or controls," Marriott said in a statement released Feb. 1.


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