Priceline.com has reached an agreement with Paris-based Accor Hotels to be the preferred opaque distribution partner for a selection of Accor hotels (mainly under the brands Sofitel, Novotel and Mercure) throughout Europe.

"Accor is internationally recognized as a premier source of quality lodging," said Chris Soder, priceline.com's Executive Vice President, Lodging and Vacation Services. "We are proud that Accor has selected us as their preferred opaque distribution partner for its European hotels. This announcement will deepen our relationship and further enable priceline.com to deliver incremental business to Accor properties and added savings to our customers."

Priceline.com's Name Your Own Price hotel service has been working with properties throughout Europe since 2000. The Company recently announced a significant European expansion through the acquisition of Active Hotels, one of the Continent's largest Internet-based hotel reservation services. In total, priceline.com and its family of online hotel reservation services offer specially negotiated prices through more than 20,000 quality hotels worldwide.