The Post-’80s Become the Main Force of Outbound Tourism while UnionPay Improves Payment Experiences for In-depth Travels

SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 14, 2016 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– According to the data released by China’s National Tourism Administration, 59.03 million Chinese people travelled overseas during the first half of 2016,  growing by 4.3% year-on-year. As Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day Holiday  are approaching, China’s outbound tourism is about to embrace another peak.

The Annual Report on China’s Outbound Tourism (2016), newly released by China Tourism Academy, shows that in 2015 most of the Chinese outbound tourists were the Post-’80s (25- to 34-year-olds). Young and middle-aged tourists are more willing to have independent and in-depth travels, and family tours and leisure tours are gaining popularity. UnionPay’s convenient payment service improves tourists’ travel experiences.

Satisfying outbound tourists’ diverse demands

Data from travel agencies show that short-distance trips are popular during the Mid-Autumn Festival while long-distance tours are favored during the National Day Holiday. Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Bali Island are the major destinations for Mid-Autumn, while the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand are hot for the National Day Holiday.

It is convenient to use UnionPay cards in major destinations like Thailand, Japan, the US and Australia, and UnionPay cards are also accepted on Royal Caribbean cruises.

Providing exclusive services and offers

UnionPay cards are accepted at 18 million merchants and 1.3 million ATMs outside mainland China. If their cards are lost or stolen, cardholders may apply for cash assistance (as much as 5,000 USD) at over 400,000 outlets across 220 countries and regions.

38 overseas countries and regions have launched UnionPay tax refund service, including 31 European countries like France, Germany, Italy and the UK, as well as Argentina, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan, China.

Tourists may also enjoy rich UnionPay exclusive offers during the upcoming holidays, such as 15%-off at over 300 merchants across 50 destinations, and exclusive offers on cruises and in the “Singapore Golden Week”.

UnionPay International has launched “You Ji Hua” to comprehensively update card-using experiences. It realized the location service, accurate marketing and instant discounts for cross-border consumption. Customers may find the sign of “gift” in mobile apps to get QR code coupons, or receive the coupons when booking airline tickets and hotels. Showing the coupon and paying with UnionPay cards, cardholders can enjoy the highest discount available.

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Source: UnionPay International