Blue Mountain Resorts to Pilot VENZA’s Learning Eco-System Gamification Platform to Reinforce Essential PCI and PII Compliance Requirements

(Atlanta, GA – September 13, 2016) Ontario-based Blue Mountain Resorts will be the first beta tester organization for VENZA’s new VENZA® Learning Game Eco-System, a mountain-scape, mobile-friendly gamification platform for reinforcing critical PCI and PII requirements so that associates are equipped to keep guest data safe.

“With hospitality organizations particularly vulnerable to breaches, protecting guest data is too important to rely on just a one-and-done learning approach,” says Daniel Johnson, COO of VENZA. “But in today’s environment, learning time and attention aren’t easy to come by. Blue Mountain recognized that delivering learning in smaller, engaging content ‘bites’ would be more practical and more effective for equipping learners and meeting compliance goals.”

VENZA previously partnered with Blue Mountain to develop a customized, role-based curriculum to meet the compliance requirements of Canada’s PIPEDA legislation while increasing the security and safety of data across its various lodging options.

“We knew from our past experience with VENZA that not only do they have unique, specialized expertise in addressing data security issues within the hospitality industry, they have a strong track record of developing online learning that engages participants,” says John Gowers, IT Director at Blue Mountain. “When we heard about their new learning game platform, we were eager to test it out. With spaced content and a fun, competitive gaming environment, this is truly learning for today’s learners.”

In the VENZA® Learning Game Eco-System participants embark on a mountain trek where they complete modules related to specific PCI and PII compliance issues. As learners follow their prescribed learning path, they compete against other learners in their peer group to collect completion badges and scale the mountain. In addition to promoting greater learning retention, the spaced approach and modular style mean that content and components can be updated and replaced as needed to accommodate new regulations or changes to the security landscape. For more information:

About VENZA®

Drawing on decades of hospitality industry experience, VENZA can help properties mitigate their data security vulnerabilities and ensure compliance, keeping guests and their data safe from breaches. By delivering a security solution for readiness, reassurance and response, VENZA offers 360-degree visibility for proactive management of risks – so users can focus on guest service and building trust in their brand. Better visibility means better defense. Know the risks, protect the enterprise with VENZA.

Over 10,000 properties in over 100 countries look to VENZA for tools, technology, and strategic security support. Founded in 2008, VENZA is a privately held company and headquartered in Roswell, GA. For more information, please call 770.685.6500 or visit

About Blue Mountain Resorts

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Winter at the resort boasts 42 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by a world-class snowmaking system.  Summer months offer the largest downhill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course, Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Wind Rider Triple Zips and a private beach property among other seasonal attractions. Year-round the resort attracts visitors to more than 1,000 luxury accommodation units and 45 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail stores in our pedestrian Village. 53,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space caters year-round to corporate meeting groups. Blue Mountain is owned by Intrawest ULC. Visit for more information.