SHANGHAI, 2 October 201: China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and mid-Autumn festival, China’s National Tourism Administration reported on Sunday.
Of the long-haul destinations where Chinese are heading the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt were identified as top attractions for UnionPay cards holders.
More than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards.
Recently, the two largest hotel groups in Europe have accepted UnionPay cards, including 200 stores of Louvre Hotels Group and 110 stores of Accor Hotels. Europcar Car Rental, across 10 European countries, are also accepting UnionPay; and Moscow and St. Petersburg subway and buses accept UnionPay cards to buy tickets.
Currently, UnionPay is accepted in 162 countries and regions, not only traditionally popular destinations such as Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, but also countries in Central Asia, Africa and Latin America. Multiple UnionPay payment methods are available, such as card-based, contactless and mobile payment.
Survey shows that 54.3% of Chinese tourists choose to go on free-and-independent trips for this National Day Holiday as opposed to those pre-purchased through tour companies. UnionPay has extended its acceptance network from duty-free stores, shopping centre and hotels to travel booking, specialty foods, leisure and recreation and public transportation.
Many car rental companies in the US, Thailand, UAE and Europe support UnionPay cards; Cardholders may use UnionPay card to pay for the taxi fare in Australia, Singapore, Japan; Tourists may also purchase Eurail all-pass ticket and Taiwan high speed rail ticket online.
(SOURCE UnionPay International)