Vantage Hospitality Group Selects Heartland Payment Systems(R) as Preferred Provider of Payroll and Payments Processing

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2013) -  Heartland Payment Systems ( NYSE : HPY ), one of the nation's largest payments processors, has been selected by Vantage Hospitality Group as a preferred provider of payroll solutions and payments processing services. Vantage is the eighth largest hotel company worldwide with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated hotels, including Americas Best Value Inns and the Lexington family of inns and hotels.

Vantage members now have direct access to Heartland's comprehensive suite of web-based payroll solutions, which are backed by the industry's only three-year price guarantee, as well as credit and debit card processing services. These solutions are tailored specifically for the hospitality industry and are compatible with major property management systems such as AutoClerk, RoomKey, Check-Inn and many others. Members also benefit from Heartland's unique 24/7/365 live, U.S.-based customer service, along with its commitment to transparent business practices and advocating for the rights of business owners.

With specific hospitality expertise, Heartland is an established industry partner that processes transactions for more than 60,000 restaurants and 6,500 lodging properties. Heartland is also the official preferred provider of payment processing, payroll and other solutions for the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the National Restaurant Association and 43 state lodging associations.

"Our decision to partner with Heartland was based as much on its best-in-class technology as it was with its dedication to integrity and treating operators fairly," said Roger Bloss, Vantage founder, president and chief executive officer. "Heartland's advocacy aligns perfectly with Vantage's core values, and we're pleased to bring our members a business partner that has their best interests at heart."

David Gilbert, Heartland's hospitality group president, added, "With guest and employee touch points, as well as significant business and financial implications, the criticality of payment and payroll processing solutions in the hospitality world should not be underestimated. We look forward to helping Vantage and its members realize cost efficiencies and simplify their businesses so they can focus on their guests' experiences."

About Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. ( NYSE : HPY ), the sixth largest payments processor in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, school solutions, marketing solutions, end-to-end encryption technology, campus solutions, payroll solutions, and related business solutions and services to more than 250,000 business and education locations nationwide. A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. Heartland also established The Sales Professional Bill of Rights to advocate for the rights of sales professionals everywhere. More detailed information can be found by visiting HeartlandPaymentSystems.com, HeartlandPaymentSystems.com/Careers or following the company on Twitter @HeartlandHPY and Facebook at facebook.com/HeartlandHPY.

About Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Florida, Vantage Hospitality Group is the 8th largest hotel company worldwide with over 1,000 hotels independently owned and operated, and the only hotel company to be ranked on the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Vantage Hospitality's first hotel brand, Americas Best Value Inn, is a leader in the limited-service segment (including Value Inn Worldwide and Canada's Best Value Inn) throughout North America and has been recognized by the lodging industry as the fastest-growing chain over the past decade. The company recently added the Value Inn Signature and Value Hotel Worldwide segments, created specifically to fill a void in the international market. Vantage continues to grow with the Lexington Hotel and Lexington Inn brands (Vantage's midscale to upscale brands) and through affiliations with Vantage Hotel Management (management and operations covering all brands and independent properties), Vantage Insurance Services (a full-service insurance agency specializing in insurance for the hospitality industry), and Brown Nester Hospitality Services (offering comprehensive hotel brokerage and related services). Visit www.VantageHospitality.com for more information.

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