Country for PR: China
Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Friday, December 08 2017 - 05:19
agoda to Accept UnionPay Card Payments across Desktop and Mobile
SHANGHAI, Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

UnionPay International announced today the signing of a comprehensive 
cooperation agreement with agoda, one of the world's fastest-growing online 
travel booking platforms. The Simplified Chinese version of currently 
accepts UnionPay cards, and under this new agreement, UnionPay will be accepted 
by in all languages available and agoda's mobile app by the end of 
April 2018, offering safer and easier online payment experiences to UnionPay 
cardholders worldwide.

The online acceptance network of UnionPay cards covers more than 10 million 
merchants in over 200 countries and regions. With the rapid increase of 
UnionPay card issuance overseas, the accumulated card issuance outside Mainland 
China has exceeded 84 million, accompanied with more usage scenarios and 
acceptance points for UnionPay cardholders.

"In recent years, we have not only provided convenient payment services for 
Chinese people to travel abroad, but also accelerated the localization progress 
of UnionPay's online and offline businesses." said Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay 
International. First, enriching product functions of UnionPay cards issued 
overseas for online payment and contactless payment, to offer different payment 
options; Second, using innovation as an important driving force to popularize 
UnionPay cards' overseas purchasing for mobile payment products; Third, 
innovating on business expansion models like sharing the UnionPay Chip Card 
standards to quicken the business expansion of UnionPay in overseas markets. At 
present, the transaction volume of overseas UnionPay cardholders has exceeded 
the cross-border turnover of domestic cardholders, a sign of UnionPay cards 
becoming more prominent for international payment.

agoda is one of the fastest-growing online travel platforms worldwide, 
providing over 1.8 million accommodation options worldwide with service and 
support in 38 different languages across desktop, iOS and Android. The 
comprehensive cooperation between UnionPay International and agoda not only 
contributes to the rapid enablement of UnionPay card acceptance at all agoda 
channels, but will also be followed by the launch of exclusive privileges and 
attractive benefits for UnionPay cardholders.

COO of agoda, John Wroughton Brown, said agoda is partnering UnionPay 
International to promote online payment and mobile payment for UnionPay 
cardholders overseas. Chinese consumers are already familiar with UnionPay 
cards and like to use them when booking on agoda. This cooperation will bring 
about more users worldwide to agoda and drive more online transactions for 
UnionPay International. In future, both parties will deepen and widen their 
cooperation in different areas.

SOURCE: UnionPay International