Lo-Q acquires Accesso

Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 9:41 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Lo-Q plc (AIM: LOQ), the AIM-listed provider of virtual queuing systems for theme parks and major attractions, today announced that it has acquired privately-held accesso, a recognized leader in ticketing technology, e-commerce, mobile apps and payment processing. The transaction creates the premier technology solutions provider in the attractions and leisure industry.

Together, Lo-Q and accesso will harness the industry's growing demand for enhanced guest convenience and optimized revenue drivers by leveraging the companies' shared focus on award-winning technology, customer service and brand awareness.

"Pairing accesso's award-winning ticketing and e-commerce portfolio with our virtual queuing systems is a real game-changer and vaults us into position as the worldwide leader in revenue-driving solutions for the global attractions industry," said Tom Burnet, Lo-Q CEO. "accesso's technologies were a major draw for us, but the biggest factor in our decision was the company's outstanding leadership and team of innovative employees dedicated to delivering world-class customer service and outstanding results for their clients." Reaction to the acquisition is just as enthusiastic at accesso.

"We're thrilled to be joining the Lo-Q portfolio and look forward to offering our combined set of revenue-driving resources to attractions around the globe," said Steve Brown, accesso CEO. "Blending our unique and highly successful companies will allow us to jointly leverage the talent of both teams and our combined technological, mobile and operations expertise to develop next generation solutions to meet the rapidly changing needs of the attractions marketplace."

Under terms of the deal, accesso will retain its Central Florida office and Brown, who also remains in Florida, will join Lo-Q as President and Chief Operating Officer of the companies' combined North America business and will serve as a member of the Lo-Q plc board of directors.

The acquisition takes place in the midst of a significant growth period for accesso as the company signed a number of large portfolio clients in the past 12 months and now serves more than 100 venues across North America. The company's annual revenue has increased more than 130 percent over the past three years. accesso employs 44 full time staff and will process nearly $1 billion in transactions in 2012, including more than 14 million print at home tickets, and has delivered more than 1 million downloads of its native mobile content application for its clients.

The acquisition is Lo-Q's second major deal in the past few months. In September, the company signed a partnership agreement with The Sanderson Group, an Australian multi-national business, to help spearhead Lo-Q's expansion into the fast growing Asian market place.

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:01 AM

I dig Lo-Q, but I think Accesso, which has their stuff in I believe both Cedar Fair and Six Flags now, makes sub-optimal product. I'm not impressed with their e-commerce stuff at all.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:02 PM

I loath Lo-Q, and seeing them succeed at holding amusement park attractions for ransom pains me to no end. :)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:58 PM

*sigh*

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:32 PM

Change happens with or without you. Just sayin'.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:48 PM

I have dealt with "Accesso" products only once or twice, and frankly, I think Jeff might have been too kind if anything.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 2:09 AM

They must have figured out a way to charge people to get to the front of the e-commerce line... :)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:48 PM

Jeff said:

I dig Lo-Q, but I think Accesso, which has their stuff in I believe both Cedar Fair and Six Flags now, makes sub-optimal product. I'm not impressed with their e-commerce stuff at all.

I don't have experience with Lo-Q, but Accesso is just plain terrible. Just getting tickets (2 free and one paid) using their platform this past summer took multiple tries, and at least 3 phone calls (probably 4), to Cedar Point, Accesso, AND my Credit Card company. Plus, I had to use Flash!

In my opinion, Accesso makes getting tickets harder, not easier.

-Sam

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