Mastercard simplifies B2B payments

March 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 17 March 2017: Mastercard announced, Thursday, a partnership with Eko-Pay to introduce Eko-B2B, a new digital payment solution for businesses in Asia Pacific.

Eko-B2B will provide businesses with an automated payment solution that enables them to streamline workflows and improve productivity for B2B payment transactions.

Powered by Eko-Pay, a technology company with proprietary solutions for financial and non-financial transactions, Eko-B2B seamlessly integrates with the Mastercard inControl platform to facilitate business payments, reducing inefficiencies and improving transparency. Read more

Vietnamese catch the travel bug

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 18 January 2017: Vietnam Tourism Association estimates around 6.5 million Vietnamese travelled overseas, last year, an increase of 15% from 2015 and spent around USD7 to USD8 billion.

Local media quoted the association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, saying the association based its estimate on data from tourism authorities in popular destinations that attract Vietnamese tourists such as Thailand, Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan.

“Outbound travel is on the rise, leading to a large pickup in spend…the outbound travel segment is now a strong source of income for many travel agents.” Read more

Mastercard tracks outbound travel

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 17 January 2017: Thailand’s outbound travel market will generate 9.1 million trips, annually, over the next five years, according to Mastercard’s latest report, Future of Outbound Travel in Asia Pacific 2016 to 2021.

According to the report, Thailand is among Asia Pacific’s emerging markets that will see a significant growth in outbound travel, but the report shows that it far from being a star performer and lags behind its neighbours.

Thailand’s outbound travel market seriously under performs when compared with neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia, that have smaller populations, but more trips. Read more

Seniors benefit from SQ fares

December 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 15 December 2016: Singapore Airlines offers promotional fares for passengers who are 55 years or older and pay with their Mastercard.

The promotion is valid for flights up to 31 March, next year, but bookings must be finalised by the end of this month.

All the Fares are valid for flights departing Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui, except for Singapore which applies to Bangkok departures only. Read more

What a week that was: Trophies and dollars

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Logs, TRAVEL TALK

BANGKOK, 5 October 2016: When Mastercard confirmed Bangkok as the world’s leading tourist destination, who was surprised?

It outshone London by close to 2 million visits clocking up 21.47 million tourist arrivals. But does last week’s revelation tell the whole story of Thailand’s journey to tourism success? Probably not.

Achieving the number one spot was simple arithmetic courtesy of the Immigration Bureau’s head count at the city’s two international airport. Read more

Bangkok top in visits

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 4 October 2016: When you count the sheer volume of overnight tourist arrivals Bangkok is the top city, worldwide, according to the sixth annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index.

Released in last month, the index ranks 132 cities, worldwide, based on the tourist arrivals count.

According to the study, Bangkok will accommodate 21.47 million tourist arrivals this year. The count does not take into account purpose of visits and is  entirely based on reported data provided by authorities. In the case of Bangkok, the figure is based on Immigration Bureau passport checks at the city’s two international airports. Read more

Family get together perks

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 4 October 2016: Mastercard announced, Monday, a partnership with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts that will encourage its affluent cardholders in Asia Pacific to re-connect with their family.

As part of the Kids Dining Perks promotion, every child below the age of 12 can now enjoy complimentary dining with every paying adult when they pay with a Platinum, World and World Elite Mastercard at 25 participating InterContinental Hotels & Resorts across Asia Pacific.

The new offer is part of Mastercard’s suite of premium products and services aimed at delivering value to cardholders. Read more

Bangkok top destination for Chinese

June 24, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 June 2016: Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya  rank among the top 10 destinations for Chinese tourists this year in Asia Pacific, according to MasterCard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2016.

According to the index, released earlier this week, China will continue to contribute the largest share of tourists to Asia Pacific in 2016.

It estimates that 50.4 million tourists from China will visit destinations across Asia Pacific this year, making up 15.7% of all international overnight arrivals in the region, it said. Read more

Malaysia tops Muslim travel index

April 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

BANGKOK, 4 April 2016: Malaysia remains the top destination for Muslim travellers, according to MasterCard–Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016.

The index said Malaysia and Singapore retained their positions as top destinations for the Muslim travel market, in OIC and non-OIC categories. (There are 57 member nations of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.) The overall study covered 130 destinations a mix of OIC and non-OIC nations.

Malaysia took the first place out of all the 57 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations with the UAE moving up one spot to second place. Read more

MasterCard expands in Myanmar

July 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

SINGAPORE, 23 July 2015: MasterCard has just launched yet another prepaid card in Myanmar, this time with Myanma Apex Bank Limited (MAB Bank).

Its launch comes exactly three years on from the lifting of sanctions in Myanmar and affirms MasterCard’s commitment to  provide safer and easier ways for Myanmar residents to pay for their travels.

The new prepaid card is also timely given the latest MasterCard survey on consumer purchasing priorities in travel indicates that three out of five Myanmar consumers surveyed intend to travel within the next 12 months (either as much, or more than they did in the past 12 months).

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