At least 16 hotel groups have expressed interest in developing an industry-wide solution, and are working with Hotel Technology Next Generation to create a credit-card security framework. Accor, Hilton Worldwide, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide are among the 16 groups listed in a HTNG news release that have confirmed their intent to participate. Doug Rice, CEO of HTNG, said the non-profit organization initiated the process for the industry security framework last June. So far a charter has been created to ensure the hotels and organizations involved are on the same page. The group’s first meeting will take place in November. The solution HTNG would like to have the industry implement would get hotels' systems completely out of scope of the PCI. “If your systems do not touch a credit card, it means those systems are out of scope,” Rice said. Get the full story at