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Accor Hotels has launched a charge card to help companies manage their travellers' expenses.
The Accor Hospitality Business Account is valid across all the hotel chain's brands - Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, All Seasons, Ibis, Etap and Formule 1.
Business travellers use the card to pay for accommodation, food and drink.
The company can either issue an employee with his or her own individual card or use one central card that is held and managed by an administrator.
For both cards Accor sends the business a monthly invoice.
Each account can be managed online. Transaction activity dating back 12 months is held on record, while Accor said reports can be tailored to clients' needs.
Jo Stevenson, Accor's director of sales in the UK and Ireland, said: "In the difficult financial times we are experiencing, we know that controlling travel budgets is important for the majority of companies.
"As the card is free and provides an easy to use service for managing hotel expenses, we think the card will particularly appeal to SMEs.
"It also has the added benefit of covering all of Accor's seven brands in the UK, which means this card really does distinguish us from our competitors."