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August 27, 2014
Amadeus integrates UnionPay Into The Amadeus Payment Platform

UnionPay International, a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay's global business, and Amadeus sign an agreement to integrate UnionPay debit and credit cards into the Amadeus Payment Platform (APP). Amad...
February 11, 2014
AirPlus Wins At Prestigious Card and Payment Awards 2014

On Thursday night last week, the Card and Payment Awards celebrated with a glamorous awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. In its 9th year, industry leaders, experts, providers and end users came together to recognise cust...
April 26, 2013
Travel Budgets Set To Increase According To Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2013

Visa's latest Global Travel Intentions Study 2013 has revealed that global cross-border tourism is thriving and travelers intend to increase budgets for their next trip by an average of five percent -- with some holidaymakers even suggestin...
November 16, 2012
Diners Club Partners With Qantas To Launch A New Rewards Payment Card

Diners Club has partnered with Qantas to launch a new rewards payment card giving members exceptional value on their purchases. Members also have access to a companion World MasterCard on the Diners Club account, which increases acceptance ...
November 02, 2012
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. Collaborates With MasterCard To Launch Borderless Prepaid Card

Thomas Cook (India) Ltd, India's largest integrated travel and travel-related financial services company, has announced the launch of its 'Borderless Prepaid Card' in collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide, a global payments and technology...
October 23, 2012
Centurion From American Express Is Introduced To China

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China Merchants Bank (CMB) and American Express has announced that ICBC and CMB will begin issuing the Centurion Card in China. ICBC and CMB will issue Centurion, by invitation only, to a sele...
June 18, 2012
MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index 2012

MasterCard has unveiled the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, a second annual report that analyzes both visitor traffic and cross-border travel spend in 132 cities around the globe. Authored by Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Global Econom...
May 15, 2012
American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor

Senior finance executives worldwide are expressing moderate optimism about the prospects for economic growth over the next twelve months. Investments in expanded operating capacity, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions are...
March 12, 2012
New York Tops Ranking of World's Most Competitive Cities: EIU / Citi Report

A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report, commissioned by Citi, reveals that New York ranks first in competitiveness, out of 120 of the world's major cities. The report, entitled Hot Spots, ranks the most competitive cities i...
January 13, 2012
HSBC Credit Card's home&Away Privilege Programme

HSBC is launching a new range of unique credit card offers and discounts that will surely entice and excite its cardholders with a brand new 'Experience' category for their home&Away Privilege Programme. Starting January 2012, HSBC extended...
November 03, 2011
KB Kookmin Card Forms Card-Issuing Partnership With American Express In Korea

KB Kookmin Card and American Express has announced that KB Kookmin Card will become an issuer of American Express-branded cards in Korea. KB Kookmin Card will issue super-premium cards that will target its high-net-worth customer base and o...
October 26, 2011
Bank of China and American Express Announce New Card-Issuing Partnership in China

Bank of China (BOC) and American Express have announced a new strategic partnership, whereby Bank of China will begin issuing American Express-branded credit cards in China. Under the terms of this agreement, Bank of China will issue the Ba...
September 21, 2011
Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey: US, UK and Japan Are Named Top Travel Destinations

The United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Japan have been voted the top global travel destinations among 11,620 respondents from 23 countries and territories around the world, according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey 2011...
August 03, 2011
MasterCard Survey: Asia Pacific Travelers Unfazed By Economic Uncertainty

Business and leisure travel in the Asia/Pacific region has held firm despite the uncertain global economy, with the trend favouring more affluent markets, according to the findings from the latest MasterCard survey on Consumer Purchasing Pr...
August 03, 2011
Travel Managers Can Avoid Credit Card Fees With The New AirPlus Centrally Billed Account

There is a new product for those companies who wish to pay for flights with a centrally billed account without being charged an additional credit card fee by the airlines: The new AirPlus Debit Account. The AirPlus Debit Account is curre...
June 23, 2011
New MasterCard Index: Earthquake Effect Bites as Consumer Confidence Wanes in Asia/Pacific

Consumers across Asia/Pacific are concerned at the slow pace of the global economic recovery with a dip in optimism recorded over the last six months, according to the latest MasterCard Worldwide IndexTM of Consumer Confidence, released tod...
June 01, 2011
MasterCard Index: World's Destination Cities Spearheading Financial Recovery

The world's most prominent cities, including those hit hardest by the financial crisis, are leading global recovery through their connectivity and as destination cities for international visitors, according to the MasterCard Worldwide Index...
May 18, 2011
American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor Reveals 3 in 4 CFOs In Hong Kong Expect Economic Growth In Q2/Q3

Optimism about economic expansion is on the rise among senior finance executives both around the world and in Hong Kong, reaching its highest level in four years, according to the new American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending...
May 12, 2011
HSBC'S New Mobile Platform Allows Access To Home&Away Lifestyle Credit Card Privileges

HSBC has launched a mobile platform for its global credit card privileges programme, enabling cardholders to access HSBC's home&Away Privilege Programme anytime, anywhere on their iPhone and other compatible Apple devices. With the new loca...
May 09, 2011
Malaysia Airlines And Maybank See Greater Use Of Debit Cards For Online Travel

Malaysia Airlines and Maybank's partnership to promote debit card use for e-commerce purchase of online air tickets saw a significant growth of 195% in billings and 145% in Maybank debit transactions during the three month campaign period c...
May 09, 2011
2011 Visa Commercial Offers Program For Small Businesses

Small businesses looking to better manage their time and money can now rely on their Visa Commercial cards for benefits and savings on essential business services and products featured in the new 2011 Visa Commercial Offers Program. The ...
January 10, 2011
Visa Launches 2011 Privileges Program For Premium Cardholders

Visa today announced the launch of its 2011 Premium Access program for Visa Infinite, Visa Signature and Visa Platinum cardholders in Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. The program offers those who want the best in life t...
November 19, 2010
Citibank & Visa Launch World's First Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid Card

Citibank and Visa today announced the launch of the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum Card, the world's first Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid card, bringing together the benefits of both Citibank's best-in-class Travel Prepaid cards platform ...
November 04, 2010
American Express and Cathay Pacific Launch A Co-Brand Corporate Card

In a market-first, American Express and Cathay Pacific have announced the launch of a new co-branded corporate card that offers greater rewards and savings for mid- to large- sized companies in Hong Kong. The American Express Cathay Paci...
August 04, 2010
Axis First India Bank To Reach US$1B On Visa Travel Prepaid Cards

Visa and Axis Bank announced that Axis Bank is the first bank in India to achieve US$1 billion in total volume on Visa Travel Prepaid cards. The Axis Bank Travel Currency Card program offers foreign currency Visa Prepaid cards in nine ma...
June 18, 2010
China Eastern Launches UATP Program

China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd., (Shanghai), has announced the launch of its prestigious UATP-based business travel program, offering Chinese corporations China Eastern Airline's UATP accounts for global air travel spend. To meet customer ...
June 01, 2010
Air New Zealand American Express Platinum Card Launched

American Express and Air New Zealand have announced an innovation in credit card flight rewards, tailored for the frequent flyer. The new Air New Zealand American Express Platinum Card promises to get Kiwis flying faster. It features a comp...
May 03, 2010
HSBC Renews Global Premier Relationship With MasterCard Worldwide

HSBC and MasterCard Worldwide have signed an agreement renewing their longstanding global partnership to provide HSBC Premier customers with a MasterCard credit card until 2015. HSBC Premier is an exclusive banking service, tailored to ...
April 20, 2010
American Express and Bank of China Form Strategic Partnership

American Express has announced the introduction of the world's first Yuan prepaid travel product - the Yuan Travelers Cheque for international travelers visiting China. In a new strategic partnership, the Bank of China will become the sole ...
March 15, 2010
MasterCard Introduces 'ATM Hunter' For BlackBerry Smartphones

MasterCard Worldwide today announced the availability of the MasterCard ATM Hunter application for BlackBerry smartphones. The app lets BlackBerry smartphone users easily locate the nearest ATM no matter where in the world they are. ATM Hun...
February 11, 2010
Visa and Travelex Launch Visa Money Transfer for Remittances from Australia

Visa Inc. and Travelex have announced the launch of the first Visa Money Transfer service in Australia. Visa Money Transfer is a convenient, cost-effective and secure way for consumers to send funds directly to recipients' Visa cards, both ...
December 18, 2009
Jetstar Launches New Payment Option For Corporate Customers

Low fares airline Jetstar has launched a new partnership with Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) which will allow corporate travelers to purchase their fares with any UATP issued card, one of the most widely-used and popular card paymen...
November 17, 2009
MasterCard MoneySend To Make Money Transfers Simpler And Easier

MasterCard Worldwide has announced that starting in 2010; MasterCard customer financial institutions will have the capability to offer MasterCard cardholders money transfers from any MasterCard or Maestro card to any other MasterCard or Mae...
November 11, 2009
ICBC, UMPay & American Express Dual-Currency Mobile Payment Credit Card

In Beijing (November 11), the ICBC Mobile Payment American Express Card, China's first dual-currency credit card with mobile account payment capabilities and features, was officially launched by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (...
November 07, 2009
City Bank & American Express Strategic Alliance For Bangladesh

City Bank and American Express have announced the formation of a strategic alliance and unveiled two new American Express credit cards for Bangladeshi consumers. The American Express Gold Credit Card and American Express Credit Card set a n...
November 04, 2009
Visa Extends Its Money Transfer Service Globally

Visa Inc. has extended the global reach of its Visa Money Transfer Service to greater China and the United Arab Emirates, two of the world's most active territories for international remittance. In addition, Visa announced the launch of...
October 12, 2009
Visa & InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) Asia Pacific Promotion

Taking a break has been made easier for all Visa cardholders following the release of special promotions at more than 200 selected InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotels across Asia Pacific. Through a collaboration with IHG, Visa cardho...
August 03, 2009
MasterCard Supports Japanese Enterprises

MasterCard Worldwide has announced the launch of the renewal "MasterCard Business Offer" program, which rewards holders of Japan-issued MasterCard cards for businesses, as well as the brand-new launch of Business Column webpage which provid...
July 20, 2009
American Express And ANZ Announce Card Issuing Deal

American Express has announced that ANZ would issue American Express-branded credit cards. The ANZ Frequent Flyer American Express Credit Card will carry the American Express logo and will be accepted on American Express' global merchant ne...
June 11, 2009
Visa Survey: Payment Cards the Best Way to Pay for Savvy Asia Pacific Travelers

The days of stashing cash in a money belt for overseas trips may be numbered, according to the Travel Smart Survey1 commissioned by Visa. Of the 2,226 people surveyed from 11 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, nearly half (45 percen...
May 19, 2009
Payment Cards Used To Reduce Personal Risk While Traveling

Carrying less cash means less risk while on holiday according to 42 percent of respondents interviewed as part of Visa's Travel Smart survey1. This is one of the main reasons given for those who prefer cards to cash as their primary payment...
May 12, 2009
American Express/CFO Research Global Business & Spending Monitor

The world's senior finance executives are focusing on aggressive new methods to reduce and control costs in the face of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At the same time, many businesses are continuing to invest in ar...
March 17, 2009
Citibank Korea Inc. Launches The Citi PremierMiles Credit Card

Citibank Korea Inc. today announced the launch of the Citi PremierMiles Credit Card, a premium mileage and travel card. The card, which leverages Citi's partnerships with major airlines around the world, introduces a new and unique concept ...
February 11, 2009
Visa and PATA Survey Names Top Travel Destinations In Asia Pacific

The Visa and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Asia Pacific Travel Intentions Survey 'Determining Travel Preferences in 2009 and Beyond'* has named Asia Pacific as the number one region for those intending to travel overseas in the nex...
February 11, 2009
Visa and PATA Survey: Short Breaks & Cheaper Alternatives

Despite economic turbulence worldwide, the Asia Pacific tourism industry has received a welcome boost from data contained in the Visa and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Asia Pacific Travel Intentions Survey 'Determining Travel P...
January 20, 2009
Visa Shortens Airport Queues & Waiting Times For Premium Cardholders

The hassle of waiting in queues at airline check-ins and immigration counters will become a distant memory for Visa Platinum, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders following the launch of a new Airport Meet and Assist Service. Fro...
December 16, 2008
UATP Continues Expansion With Merchant Shenzhen Airlines

UATP continues its expansion in China, adding Shenzhen Airlines as a Merchant to the UATP Network. To meet customer demand and increase the airlines' revenue, Shenzhen chose UATP as a form of payment. "Business travel within China cont...
September 09, 2008
Visa Money Transfer Service Gaining Global Adoption

Visa, one of the world's leading payment solutions providers, has announced the extension of the Visa Money Transfer service to millions of cardholders. With the launch of Visa Money Transfer in Indonesia and the expansion of a program in S...
August 23, 2008
Visa Survey: China - Beyond the Big Cities

China's tier one cities of Beijing and Shanghai may be among the best-known travel destinations in China but its tier two and three cities are also attracting interest among potential travellers from the Asia Pacific region, according to a ...
August 18, 2008
Westpac New Zealand/American Express Partnership

Premium global credit card company American Express is partnering with Westpac New Zealand to launch a new credit card that boosts the points earning power of Westpac's hotpoints rewards programme by up to 50 per cent. The new card, just...
July 30, 2008
Visa Money Transfer Service Gaining Global Adoption

Visa has announced the extension of the Visa Money Transfer service to millions of cardholders. With the launch of Visa Money Transfer in Indonesia and the expansion of a program in Singapore, Visa is making it easier and more secure for pe...
July 29, 2008
Visa Launches Special Promotions For Cardholders Visiting Japan

Visa cardholders looking to experience the wonders of Japan will be able to enjoy special discounts and privileges when they use their Visa card. Visa has announced it has extended its "Experience Tokyo with Visa" program, and has launched ...
July 09, 2008
CWT & American Express Global Commercial Card Sign Agreement

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) and American Express Global Commercial Card have signed a multi-year, preferred supplier agreement, the two companies announced jointly (July 9). CWT will promote and distribute three American Express payment s...
July 08, 2008
Visa Launches Porcelain-Themed ATMs For The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Visa has unveiled a new look for ATM kiosks to be installed specially for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The artwork on the ATM kiosks has been inspired by Chinese culture and calligraphy. It uses blue and white brush strokes and tradition...
June 08, 2008
2008 MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index

London remains the global economy's most influential city, according to the 2008 MasterCard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index, an annual research initiative designed to evaluate and rank how major cities compare in performing critical fun...
June 03, 2008
Visa Launches One-Stop Online Travel Resource: Visagreatbreaks.com

Visa has announced the launch of Visagreatbreaks.com, a one-stop online resource for Visa cardholders' travel-related needs. Visa cardholders anywhere in the world will be able to research, plan and book their travel arrangements online at ...
April 23, 2008
Air China And AirPlus International Announce Strategic Partnership

AirPlus International and Air China have announced their strategic partnership by unveiling the Air China AirPlus Company Account. The solution provides the airline's corporate customers with a new travel payment option on all national and ...
March 31, 2008
Visa Inc. Expands Small Business Discount Offers Program Globally

Visa Inc. has announced the global expansion of its merchant offers program for small businesses. Visa Business cardholders now can access more than 130 discount offers, including country specific, regional and global offers. Discounts are ...
January 25, 2008
American Express To Sponsor HKTB's Chinese New Year Parade

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced (25 January) that American Express International, Inc. (American Express) will for the first time join "2008 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Parade" as the parade route sponsor. In ...
January 08, 2008
Hainan Airlines Joins UATP Network As New UATP Merchant

Hainan Airlines Company Limited (HNA), China, joins the UATP network as a new Merchant airline. Hainan Airlines now accepts all UATP corporate cards and is a part of the UATP global corporate travel payment network made up of more than 220 ...
January 03, 2008
UATP Expands Asia-Pacific Reach; Adds Kingfisher Airlines As Merchant

Kingfisher Airlines, Mumbai, India is the latest airline to join the UATP network as a new Merchant, effective immediately. To meet corporate customer demands, Kingfisher chose UATP as a form of payment while expanding its global corporate ...
December 21, 2007
Visa Celebrates Suvarnabhumi Airport's, First Anniversary

Visa is celebrating the first anniversary of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport with the "Win a free trip back to Thailand" campaign. The promotion, in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Airports of Thailand (AOT), off...
November 28, 2007
AirPlus Enters Into Strategic Partnership With Korea Exchange Bank

AirPlus International, the leading provider of global business travel payment solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Korea Exchange Bank (KEB). Together with KEB, one of Korea's leading financial institutions, AirPlus will ...
November 13, 2007
Visa: Trials in Brazil, Canada & Malaysia Based on Visa Mobile Platform

Visa Inc. announced mobile payment trials in Brazil, Canada and Malaysia based on the Visa mobile platform. The trial in Brazil is testing mobile remote payments, while trials in Canada and Malaysia will test mobile Visa payWave transaction...
October 23, 2007
MasterCard and Carlson Wagonlit Travel Corporate Travel Data Solution

MasterCard Worldwide and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) have announced the launch of a global, card-based enhanced travel data program for corporate travel buyers. The program will ensure that CWT clients who pay with MasterCard commercial c...
October 17, 2007
MasterCard Worldwide Launches World MasterCard For Business

MasterCard Worldwide has announced the launch of World MasterCard for Business, a premium payment card that provides high-spending small businesses with more spending power, superior customer service and enhanced rewards. The first business...
September 12, 2007
American Express Signs Hotel Folio Agreement With Starwood Hotels

American Express has signed a hotel folio agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., enhancing American Express' ability to assist corporate clients in improving management of business-related lodging through detailed analysi...
September 10, 2007
China CITIC Bank And American Express Form Partnership

The first card product between China CITIC Bank and American Express was unveiled September 10 at a launch ceremony in Beijing. The new CITIC American Express Card, offering attractive travel benefits and rewards, is tailor-made to keep pac...
August 30, 2007
GE Money And American Express Form Card-Issuing Alliance In Japan

GE Consumer Finance (GE Money) and American Express have announced a partnership through which GE Money will issue American Express-branded credit cards in Japan. The first product is the "GE Money American Express Card," which will make it...
August 16, 2007
AirPlus Launches Corporate Card In South Eastern Asian Markets

AirPlus International, the leading global travel payment solutions provider, has moved into the next phase of its global expansion with the introduction of its AirPlus Corporate Card in Asia. The card is issued together with United Overseas...
August 03, 2007
MasterCard Worldwide MasterIndex of Travel Report -- Asia/Pacific

MasterCard Worldwide has announced the results of its latest MasterIndex of Travel report, predicting steady growth in outbound travelers across Asia/Pacific in the second half of 2007. The forecast revealed that outbound travel for Kore...
July 11, 2007
Seven Bank ATMs In Japan Accepts Overseas-Issued Visa Cards For Yen

Visa International in cooperation with Seven Bank Ltd. announced that more than 12,000 Seven Bank ATMs have been installed which allow international Visa cardholders to conduct cash withdrawals in yen starting today, 11 July 2007. Seven Ban...
July 05, 2007
MasterCard MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence Survey Asia/Pacific

Consumer confidence continues on an optimistic uptrend in Asia/Pacific, according to the latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence survey by MasterCard Worldwide. The six-monthly survey reveals that overall consumer confidence (67.9) for th...
June 01, 2007
MasterCard Announces The Full Scale Roll-Out of The TaiwanMoney Card

MasterCard Worldwide in collaboration Kaohsiung City Government today announced the official launch of the Kaohsiung City Government (KCG) transportation payment solution, known as the TaiwanMoney Card. Also recognised as the world's fi...
May 28, 2007
ANZ Launches The World MasterCard In Indonesia: The ANZ Black

Ever remember the feeling of love? The feeling of looking at the smile that made our day or all those feelings that inspire the most amazing moments in our lives? ANZ Black, a World MasterCard card is born through the inspiration of all ...
May 18, 2007
IHG Launches Priority Club Rewards Co-Branded Visa Credit Card in China

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Credit Card Center (SPDBCCC) announced they will launch the Priority Club Rewards co-branded Visa credit card to consumers in China. This deal brings together the Prio...
May 16, 2007
Survey Reveals Corporate & Purchasing Card Practices Vary By Region

A global survey titled, "Global Commercial Payment Cards: Cutting Costs and Boosting Control on a Global Stage," finds that companies worldwide primarily implement corporate card programs for enhanced visibility into spend (nearly 70 percen...
May 10, 2007
MasterCard in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa Region

MasterCard Worldwide has announced strong first quarter 2007 results for the Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA)* region. For the quarter ending 31 March 2007, the region witnessed double-digit growth in gross dollar volume (18.1%), ...
May 08, 2007
AirPlus 51% Growth Driven by International Markets

AirPlus International, the leading global provider of business travel payment solutions announced its 2006 results. AirPlus has further strengthened its position in the global business travel market and can look back at another successful y...
April 17, 2007
Westpac American Express Credit Cards To Launch In The Pacific Market

Westpac Pacific Banking and American Express have announced the launch of the first Westpac American Express Credit Card for the Pacific market. American Express and Westpac have signed an agreement which gives Westpac the exclusive license...
March 27, 2007
The Visa Global Cash Management Survey; Corporate Payment Cards

Today, at the Visa Global Commercial Forum in Paris, Visa released a global survey that finds approximately 25 percent of companies plan to increase their use of corporate payment cards and decrease their reliance on checks in the near futu...
February 28, 2007
MasterCard Opens New Zealand Office

MasterCard Worldwide (February 28) celebrated the official opening of its first office in New Zealand. "The increasing size and sophistication of the New Zealand payments market was instrumental in our decision to establish our new offic...
February 07, 2007
Visa and SK Telecom Announce Plans To Launch Mobile Payments

Visa International and SK Telecom have announced plans to launch what they expect to be the world's first contactless payment application on a universal SIM (USIM(1)) card which is personalized over-the-air (OTA(2)). Visa and SK Telecom pla...
January 11, 2007
Starwood Preferred Guests and MasterCard Weekend Stay Promotion

MasterCard Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have announced the launch of a promotion that would allow all Starwood Preferred Guests who are MasterCard cardholders the chance to receive a complimentary weekend stay* at...
October 26, 2006
AirPlus Partners With Singapore Airlines

AirPlus International, a leading provider of global business travel payment solutions, has partnered with Singapore Airlines to offer companies in Singapore a complete payment and cost analysis solution. AirPlus International will now offer...
October 23, 2006
UATP Expands BSP Connections In Venezuela And Japan

UATP's global financial payment network continues its Asian and Latin American expansion with upgraded services to direct connection billing and settlement plan (BSP): BSP Japan and BSP Venezuela. BSP Japan and Venezuela join more than ...
October 02, 2006
China Merchants Bank and AirPlus Enter Into Strategic Partnership

China Merchants Bank (CMB), the largest credit card issuing bank in China, and AirPlus International, a leading international provider of business travel payment solutions, have signed a corporate agreement, entering into a strategic partne...
September 13, 2006
UATP Billing & Settlement Processed By BSP Hong Kong & BSP China

UATP's global financial payment network continues to meet customer demand and expand in the Asian market with the addition of two new direct connections to International Air Transport Association (IATA) billing and settlement plans (BSP) Ho...
September 07, 2006
MasterCard MasterIndex of Travel Survey Asia/Pacific

MasterCard Worldwide has announced the results of its MasterIndex of Travel survey report on business and personal travel trends among the urban middle class across 13 markets (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia,...
August 23, 2006
MasterCard Collaborates With Abacus To Provide Enhanced Travel Data

MasterCard Worldwide and Abacus International have announced an agreement that would provide MasterCard access to Abacus' data derived from credit card information used as payment for air ticket, for example, payment amount and ticket numbe...
July 17, 2006
Latest Asia/Pacific MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence Survey

Markets in Asia/Pacific face challenging times ahead, according to the latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence survey by MasterCard. The six-monthly survey reveals that while consumers in the Asia/Pacific are still optimistic, the index o...
July 17, 2006
MasterCard Worldwide Launches The MasterCard Purchase Optimizer

MasterCard Worldwide today announced the launch of the MasterCard Purchase Optimizer, an online interactive diagnostic tool that enables companies to evaluate their travel, purchasing, fleet and multi card programs by benchmarking them agai...
June 28, 2006
MasterCard Unveils New Corporate Name and Brand Identity

MasterCard Inc. announced (June 28) that its principal operating subsidiary, MasterCard International, is introducing a new corporate name, MasterCard Worldwide. The company is also unveiling a new corporate signature and adopting a new cor...
April 19, 2006
UATP Expands In Asia; Adds China Southern Airlines As New Merchant

UATP continues its expansion in Asia, adding China Southern Airlines as its newest UATP Merchant effective immediately. China Southern Airlines is meeting the rising demands of corporate travelers and now accepts all UATP corporate cards, i...
April 10, 2006
Visa Becomes An Exclusive FIFA Partner

Visa International and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) today announced a milestone agreement in which Visa will become a FIFA Partner with global rights to a broad range of FIFA activities including the FIFA World C...
April 05, 2006
How Would You Like to Pay for That? Cash, Card or Phone?

CTIA Wireless, Las Vegas - Royal Philips Electronics and Visa International released the results of a new usability study of Near Field Communication (NFC) and contactless payment technology, which showed that consumers like the convenience...
March 28, 2006
Citigroup Launches Commercial Cards Expansion Program In Malaysia

Global Transaction Services, a business unit of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, has announced it is expanding its commercial cards programme in Malaysia, offering companies an easy, convenient way to manage travel and entertainment...
February 09, 2006
American Express And Qantas Co-Branded Consumer Credit Cards

American Express and Qantas Airways have revealed the Qantas American Express Credit Cards. These fully featured products offer Qantas Frequent Flyers accelerated points earning rates and financial flexibility. The three-card product sui...
January 18, 2006
Latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence Survey - Asian Markets

MasterCard has announced the results of its latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence. The six-monthly survey reveals a strong sense of consumer optimism in key Asia/Pacific markets, despite the many existing and emerging economic challenge...
December 14, 2005
The MasterCard International Global Small Business Survey

A new global survey from MasterCard International shows that small business owners around the world are optimistic about the future of their businesses. Specifically, 60 percent of small business owners worldwide say the future outlook of t...
October 03, 2005
American Express Airfare Index For The Asia Pacific Region

Despite the continuing escalation of oil prices, the third quarter American Express Airfare Index for the Asia Pacific region in 2005 reveals some modest reductions in airfares from the previous quarter in most classes of travel on routes f...
September 28, 2005
China-India Business Synergy To Create The New Corporate Superpower

MasterCard has released its latest Insights Report which contends that the global business landscape is set to be galvanized by the inherent potential of a synergy between Chinese and Indian businesses. The report points out that rather tha...
September 26, 2005
Visa Global ATM Network To Celebrate One Millionth

International travelers can now get cash and other services from one million Visa automated teller machines (ATMs) in more than 160 countries, Visa International announced today. The number of ATMs in the Visa global ATM network has increas...
September 06, 2005
MasterCard Reinforces Commitment To Travel Industry In China

MasterCard International announced that it would be working extensively with key travel industry players across China to leverage the emerging and strongly growing potential of the travel industry. Its new 'World Traveler' brand campaign, u...
August 31, 2005
Visa And Ticket Exchange Enter Into Global Partnership

Visa International has entered into a partnership with Ticket Exchange, a provider of global ticketing services, which will enable Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders around the world to purchase tickets for any event in the world ...
August 24, 2005
Asia/Pacific To Be Key Driver Of Growth For Tourism Industry Globally

The tourism industry is on course for significant growth over the next decade with the fastest growth expected in the Asia/Pacific region, according to presentations made by speakers at the MasterCard Forum on "The Future of Travel and Tour...
August 15, 2005
2005 MasterCard Global Hospitality Forum

MasterCard International has announced that the hospitality industry's leading minds and most influential leaders from around the world will gather at the annual 2005 MasterCard Global Hospitality Forum. This year's events will take place i...
August 01, 2005
The MasterCard Forum On The Future Of Travel & Tourism In Asia/Pacific

MasterCard International and Universitas 21 Global will hold the MasterCard Forum on "The Future of Travel and Tourism in Asia/Pacific" in Hong Kong and Singapore on August 23 and 24, respectively. Highly regarded speakers will share predic...
July 26, 2005
MasterCard Adopts Zero Liability Rule Across Asia/Pacific

MasterCard International has announced that with immediate effect, the Asia/Pacific region has adopted a cardholder liability limit of US$0(zero) for unauthorized use of any Asia/Pacific issued, consumer MasterCard-branded cards. To qua...
July 12, 2005
American Express Launches "Card And Travel Variance" In Asia Pacific

American Express has launched its innovative "Card and Travel Variance" reports in Asia Pacific which are set to save businesses thousands of dollars each year through supplier negotiations and by identifying out-of-policy travel and entert...
June 15, 2005
MasterCard, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Enhanced Data Program For China

MasterCard and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) have announced the availability of the first enhanced data program of its kind for multi-national corporations in China. This enhanced travel data program provides these corporations with th...
March 24, 2005
Northwest Airlines And MasterCard Offer Cardholders iMac Or iPod

Singapore: As part of MasterCard's ongoing efforts to bring special benefits to cardholders, MasterCard cardholders can receive an Apple G5 iMac or iPod Mini when they use their MasterCard card to pay for a Northwest Airlines ticket to New ...
March 02, 2005
Baiduri American Express Cards Launched In Brunei

American Express and Baiduri Bank have announced the launch of the first Baiduri American Express Cards in Brunei. The Baiduri American Express Cards will be accepted on American Express' global merchant network. Specially designed for freq...
March 02, 2005
MasterIndex Of Travel Survey: Asia/Pacific

MasterCard International has announced the results of its MasterIndex of Travel report, forecasting solid growth of outbound travelers from across the Asia/Pacific region in the first half of 2005. Of the 12 key markets covered, outbound tr...
January 28, 2005
MasterCard: Women Travelers To Be Asia's New Spending Powerhouse

MasterCard has released a report showing women travelers to be Asia's new spending powerhouse. The report showed that the ratio of male to female travelers in Asia/Pacific has been dramatically shifting from 90:10 (males to females) thirt...
January 20, 2005
MasterCard And The Southern Taiwan Transportation Project

MasterCard International has won the bid for the Kaohsiung City Government (KCG) transportation project in Southern Taiwan. Teaming up with a consortium of industry players, MasterCard will introduce the world's first MasterCard OneSMART Pa...
January 06, 2005
MasterIndex Reveals Consumer Confidence In Asia/Pacific Optimistic

MasterCard has announced the results of the latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence. In this announcement, MasterCard has also released its analysis of how consumer confidence in Asia/Pacific has fared over the 2003--2004 period when a se...
December 31, 2004
MasterCard Donates USD250,000 To Support Tsunami Relief Efforts

MasterCard International today announced that it has contributed USD250,000 (approximately S$410,000) to the Singapore Red Cross Society in aid of the Tsunami relief efforts that is being untaken across the South Asia region. MasterCard...
December 30, 2004
American Express Contributes $1 Million To Relief Efforts In Asia

American Express Company will donate $1 million to provide relief to the Asian countries devastated by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunamis. The funds will support the relief efforts of Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in th...
December 28, 2004
MasterCard Emergency Services For Cardholders Affected By Disaster

MasterCard extends emergency assistance to cardholders affected by the earthquake/tsunami in the Indian Ocean. These Emergency Services include: - Emergency cash advance - Emergency replacement card - Accessing account-related informa...
December 08, 2004
American Express, ICBC First American Express-Branded Card In China

American Express and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have announced the launch of the first American Express-branded card in China. The ICBC American Express Cards, both standard and gold versions, are dual currency cards...
November 09, 2004
Citigroup To Expand Commercial Card Programs Across Asia/Pacific

Citigroup Global Transaction Services, a unit of Citigroup and a leader in transaction processing, and MasterCard International have announced a multi year agreement to launch commercial cards in Asia/Pacific. Under the agreement, Citigroup...
October 29, 2004
MasterCard 2004 Asia/Pacific Co-Branding Forum

MasterCard International revealed that growth and success in co-branded card programs in Asia/Pacific will depend on the ability to meet needs in three key areas: technology, mass customization and customer loyalty. At MasterCard's 2004 Asi...
October 14, 2004
New MasterCard Study Reveals Twin Revolution In Asia/Pacific

MasterCard International has released a new study which projects that a twin revolution - the consumer revolution and the intra-regional outsourcing revolution - will drive economic growth to new heights in the coming years in Asia/Pacific....
October 12, 2004
AirPlus International Partners With JCB In Asia Pacific

AirPlus International, a leading global supplier of corporate travel payment solutions partners with JCB, Japan's largest international credit card issuer, to provide international companies in Japan with a complete corporate payment soluti...
October 11, 2004
GE Corporate Payment Services Alliances In Mainland China And Taiwan

GE's Corporate Payment Services unit has entered into agreements for expanded corporate card coverage in the Asia/Pacific region by signing new alliance agreements in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. In collaboration with Mast...
September 19, 2004
Warwick Beatson Travel A New Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP) Merchant

Warwick Beatson Travel (New Zealand) is lowering its distribution costs and providing stronger service to business customers as a new Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP) Merchant. Warwick Beatson Travel began processing corporate client's se...
September 08, 2004
BTI New Zealand Accepting UATP For Corporate Travel Payment Through USS

Businesses in New Zealand are using their UATP accounts with BTI, New Zealand's largest travel-management company, to book airline tickets and pay for travel agency services. This expanded sales channel for UATP was made possible when BTI b...
July 19, 2004
MasterIndex Survey Of Consumer Confidence In Asia/Pacific

MasterCard has announced the results of the latest MasterIndex of Consumer Confidence. The bi-yearly survey reveals that consumers in most Asia/Pacific markets continue to have an optimistic economic outlook for the next six months. Of the ...
June 29, 2004
American Express Launches American Express Selects

American Express Company has introduced American Express Selects, a new benefit for consumers carrying American Express-branded cards worldwide. The new program, with close to one thousand offers of high quality shopping, dining and travel ...
June 11, 2004
Visa And Delta Expand Their Strategic Marketing Partnership

Visa International and Delta Air Lines have announced an expansion of their strategic marketing alliance. Under the expanded agreement, Visa and Delta will work with Visa member banks to grow existing card programs and introduce new co-bran...
May 20, 2004
MasterCard Researchs Synergies Between Travel And Retail

MasterCard International has announced the results of its study that explains the synergy between travel and retail, and the impact of both on four major Asian destinations, namely, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul. Commissioned by M...
May 11, 2004
Western Australian Tourism And MasterCard International Alliance

The Western Australian Tourism Commission has signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding with MasterCard International to allow for a strategic marketing alliance between the two organisations in the Asia Pacific region. Tourism M...
April 29, 2004
Australian Tourism Forms New Partnership With American Express

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has announced a new $US20 million partnership with American Express, aimed at delivering significant tourism benefits for Australia. The new three-year partnership between the ATC and American Express...
April 21, 2004
MasterCard Platinum Cards Issued In Asia/Pacific Doubled In 2003

MasterCard International has announced that the number of MasterCard Platinum cards issued in Asia/Pacific has more than doubled in 2003. MasterCard introduced the first Platinum card program in Asia/Pacific in 1998 and has since continued...
March 30, 2004
American Express Announces Alliance With Largest Card Issuer In China

American Express and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have announced a milestone agreement for ICBC to issue the first American Express-branded credit cards in China. This agreement is the broadest card alliance yet between a ...
January 28, 2004
The American Express Asia Pacific Airfare Index

Increases in First and Business class airfares in Asia Pacific during the fourth quarter of 2003 (Q4 2003) demonstrate further demand recovery in the travel industry following SARS, the war in Iraq and the fallout from the Bali Bombings, ac...
January 28, 2004
MasterIndex Of Retail Forecasts Strong Growth Across Asia/Pacific

Growth in retail sales across Asia/Pacific is expected to be robust in the first half of 2004, according to the latest MasterIndex of Retail forecast released by MasterCard International. All 12 Asia/Pacific markets included in the forecast...
January 14, 2004
Latest MasterIndex Consumer Confidence Survey In Asia/Pacific

Consumer sentiment in Asia/Pacific for the first six months of 2004 has rebounded significantly from its depressed levels of June last year during the Iraq War, SARS outbreak and escalating threat of terrorism, according to MasterCard's lat...
December 05, 2003
MasterCard Unveils Expanded Global Premium MasterCard For 2004

MasterCard International has announced the expansion of The Global Premium MasterCard Collection -- a portfolio of unique, high-value offers from the world's leading travel providers. Designed for premium MasterCard cardholders, The Global ...
December 01, 2003
American Express - Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Credit Card Bonus

Singapore Airlines (SIA) KrisFlyer members will earn 50% more KrisFlyer miles when they charge their expenses to the American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Credit Card. The special offer will continue until 31 December 2004. Thi...
November 28, 2003
American Express And Chinatrust Partnership In Taiwan

Chinatrust and American Express have announced a strategic card-issuing partnership to develop products targeted at the premium credit card market in Taiwan. "Since 1996 when American Express opened its global merchant network, our strategy...
November 26, 2003
The Second American Express/RoperASW Global Affluent Study

High-income consumers in the US, Australia, and Japan are the most stressed out, while those in Hong Kong and Brazil are the most laid back. These are among the conclusions of the second American Express/RoperASW Global Affluent Study. The ...
November 19, 2003
American Express And The Peninsula Hong Kong Strategic Partnership

Two of the world's most recognizable and respected service brands, American Express and The Peninsula Hong Kong, will join hands to launch an exclusive co-branded charge card in Hong Kong. The new card, American Express Peninsula Gold Card,...
November 06, 2003
Visa Multinational Program Expands To Fifty Countries

New data released November 6 shows that Visa International is now able to support multi-country travel and purchasing card issuance in 50 countries under the Visa Multinational Program, which helps global enterprises reduce accounting costs...
September 03, 2003
American Express Survey: Affluents Optimistic About Financial Future

American Express has released results of a survey of 5000 consumers in five countries which shows that, despite recent tough economic conditions around the world, consumers - and in particular affluent consumers - feel extremely positive ab...
August 28, 2003
MasterCard International Unveils MasterCard SideCard

MasterCard International has unveiled MasterCard SideCard, the stylish new payment card which features a modified design small enough to fit on a key ring. An alternative to the traditional-sized payment card, MasterCard SideCard, which wor...
August 19, 2003
Cathay Pacific Airways And Citibank Co-Branded Credit Card

Cathay Pacific Airways and Citibank celebrated the start of their fifth year of a cobrand credit card partnership with a "shop and fly for free faster" promotion at Pacific Place, Hong Kong. In celebration of the partnership, which has grow...
August 14, 2003
American Express And Qantas Co-Brand Corporate Card

American Express and Qantas Airways have released the details of their recently announced co-branded corporate charge card for Australian-based small and mid-sized companies. In a market first, the American Express Qantas Corporate Card wil...
July 24, 2003
Buy Two Get One Night Free With Accor Hotels And Visa

Accor and Visa are putting the pleasure back into Asian travel by offering a free room night to Visa cardholders who purchase a two-night stay at any participating Accor hotel in Asia. Valid from 1 August until 30 September, this special de...
July 21, 2003
American Express Launches New Zealand's Most Rewarding Credit Card

American Express has launched a new credit card so loaded with benefits it is set to revolutionize the card industry. The American Express Platinum Membership Rewards Credit Card combines New Zealanders' affinity with loyalty programs, and ...
July 18, 2003
Accor's Advantage Plus Targets 10,000 Members In Thailand By Year End

Accor's Advantage Plus dining and accommodation membership card will exceed 10,000 members in Thailand by the end of 2003, continuing its impressive growth since the launch in 1998. Advantage Plus members enjoy benefits at 17 Accor hotel...
July 16, 2003
UATP Sponsored Travel Agent Training Seminar In Auckland 12 August

UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan) is sponsoring two free business development seminars that will emphasize how New Zealand-based travel agents can strengthen relationships with corporate customers by utilizing the UATP corporate travel payme...
July 14, 2003
UATP Brings Corporate Travel Payment Training Program To Asia Pacific

UATP (Universal Air Travel Plan) will provide a UATP 101 training class on 13 August 2003 that is open to all 200 UATP payment network members and carriers interested in joining the UATP network. Training will be held in Auckland and hosted...
July 14, 2003
Asia/Pacific MasterIndex Of Consumer Confidence Survey From MasterCard

Despite war in Iraq, the threat of terrorism and the outbreak of SARS, consumer outlook in most Asia/Pacific markets improved from the six months preceding, although sentiment remains generally low for the region. The latest MasterIndex of ...
June 04, 2003
Holiday Inn - A Virgin Money Mates Rates Partner For Virgin Credit Card

Holiday Inn has strengthened its relationship with Virgin by becoming a Virgin Money Mates Rates partner for the newly launched Virgin Credit Card. Already Virgin Blue's official accommodation partner, Holiday Inn will be providing Virgin C...
May 16, 2003
Visa And Marriott Offer The "Visa Escape!" Summer Travel Promotion

Visa cardholders planning summer travel outside the US and Canada can now enjoy special weekend discounts during the Visa Escape! travel promotion at Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard hotels. Visa cardholders will receive 20%...
May 14, 2003
HSBC Wins BT's Corporate Card Programme

HSBC's Commercial Cards business, part of the Global Payments and Cash Management division, has won a five-year contract to provide VISA corporate cards to BT employees worldwide. The programme covers users predominantly in the UK, but also...
March 28, 2003
MasterCard & China UnionPay Hold First International Card Business Fair

MasterCard International and China UnionPay have announced the successful conclusion of the first International Card Business Fair, held in Shanghai on March 24 and 25. MasterCard International and China UnionPay organized the business fair...
March 17, 2003
MasterCard Asian Lifestyles Travel Trend Survey

The latest MasterCard Asian Lifestyles survey revealed that, across Asia/Pacific, people made fewer personal trips in the last six months of 2002 (17%) when compared with the same period in 2001 (19%). Of the 13 markets polled, the survey f...
January 30, 2003
Tourist Spending On Visa Cards In Asia Pacific Grows 14 Percent

Visa International has announced that tourists spent US$14 billion using its payment cards in Asia Pacific during 2002, an increase of 14 percent compared to the year before. Approximately 50 percent of the total spending was generated by t...
January 09, 2003
Visa and Accor Announce Worldwide Strategic Partnership

Visa International and Accor have announced a major international partnership agreement to maximize value and promotional exposure through marketing programs and Visa cardholder incentives. "Accor's wide range of travel industry services wi...
December 24, 2002
MasterCard Launches Smart Tool Kit To Combat Payment Card Fraud

Reaffirming MasterCard International's ongoing commitment to the detection and successful investigation of fraudulent payment cards, MasterCard has launched the Smart Tool Kit to assist law enforcement authorities throughout Australia and N...
December 20, 2002
International Dragon MasterCard Launched In China To Cater To Travelers

In conjunction with China Construction Bank's (CCB) opening of its bankcard center in Shanghai, CCB officially launched the Dragon MasterCard international card in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. CCB's bankcard center is located ...
December 19, 2002
OneSMART MasterCard Launched in Malaysia - First In South East Asia

Building on its global leadership position in smart card technology, MasterCard International has launched OneSMART MasterCard in Malaysia, offering the region's member financial institutions a myriad of technological solutions for smart ca...
December 02, 2002
Lotte Card Co. And American Express Partner In Korea

Lotte Card Co., Ltd. ("Lotte Card") and American Express have announced the appointment of Lotte Card as American Express' new card-issuing and merchant-acquiring partner in Korea. Following the sale of Tong Yang Card Corporation, Lotte Car...
November 29, 2002
American Express Asia Pacific Airfare Index

Following widespread airfare increases over the past 18-month, the fourth quarter of 2002 (Q4 2002) has shown first signs of stabilisation in airfare prices around the Asia Pacific region, according to a recent American Express Asia Pacific...
November 22, 2002
World MasterCard Card - A First In The SAMEA Region

MasterCard International has introduced into the region its invitation-only payment card unique in the industry for offering a no-preset spending limit coupled with an option to revolve a portion of the balance. The World MasterCard Card is...
November 20, 2002
Bank of New Zealand Launches American Express Credit Cards

Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) will issue credit cards on the American Express Global network, providing more choice for their customers. The card products will include classic and gold BNZ American Express credit cards, and GlobalPlus American ...
November 04, 2002
American Express Study Reveals Business Travel Costs Continue To Rise

The American Express Global Travel Trends Study, issued November 4, reveals business travel costs are continuing to rise on a global basis. Premium (fully refundable) airfares have increased and lodging rates are fluctuating depending on th...
October 30, 2002
Japanese Cardholders to Download Applications to Their Visa Smart Cards

Visa cardholders in Japan are to be the first in the world to download applications to their Visa smart cards via the Internet. Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co., Ltd. (SMCC) has launched the innovative new service, allowing cardholders to download ...
October 24, 2002
Visa International Travel Card In China

Visa International has announced the launch of the International Travel Card in China, with the potential to serve 10 million outbound Chinese travelers. Visa estimates this opportunity represents just a fraction of the $2.3 trillion global...
October 24, 2002
Mastercard And Magtek Announce Successful Beta Test Of Magneprint

MasterCard International Incorporated and MagTek Inc., a leading international provider of card reader technology, have announced the successful results of a beta test of one of the payment industry's most advanced risk management tools, Ma...
October 21, 2002
American Express Survey: Cultural Differences Among Business Travelers

In a new survey sponsored by American Express, 1,400 business travelers hailing from 14 different countries reveal their likes and dislikes - including what they prefer in hotel rooms and on planes. In addition, the results spotlight busine...
October 10, 2002
Visa International CEO Cites Growth Prospects For East Asian Economies

The economies of East Asia, as well as the greater Asia region, face the prospect of continuing growth despite turbulence in the global economy, Visa International President and CEO Malcolm Williamson said in opening remarks at the East Asi...
August 28, 2002
MasterCard Asian Lifestyles Survey

Asian society still expects the youth of today (those between ages 15-19) to abide by conservative standards. This is one of the key findings of the Asian Lifestyles survey from MasterCard International. A total of 5,406 consumers from thir...
August 27, 2002
Hong Leong Bank Launches Hong Leong Platinum American Express Card

Two of Malaysia?s most respected service brands - Hong Leong Bank Berhad and American Express ? have jointly unveiled the Hong Leong Platinum American Express Credit Card. As Hong Leong Bank?s most exclusive card product, the Hong Leong Pla...
August 26, 2002
MasterCard Records 65% Growth In Smart Card Issuance In Asia/Pacific

MasterCard International has issued more than 6 million MasterCard branded smart cards in Asia/Pacific to date. This is a 65 percent increase in smart card issuance within a span of six months. At the end of 2001, MasterCard issued 3.8 mill...
August 14, 2002
MasterIndex Shows Consumers in Asia/Pacific Display Optimistic Outlook

Despite the volatile business, economic and political developments across the globe, consumers? outlook for the next six months in Asia/Pacific has generally improved. This is one of the key findings in the latest MasterIndex of Consumer Co...
August 06, 2002
MasterCard And Cassis Smart Card Management Services In SE Asia

MasterCard International and Cassis International have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to offer the first Smart Card Management Services in the region. Cassis, a technology and service provider of the MasterCard OneSMART program ...
July 25, 2002
American Express Opens Retail Foreign Exchange Bureau In Hong Kong

American Express Foreign Exchange Service announces the official opening of its first high street retail foreign exchange bureau in Hong Kong. Located in Causeway Bay, the new foreign exchange bureau is open 7 days a week to provide optimum...
July 24, 2002
MasterCard & Bank Islam Launch MULTOS-Based EMV Smart Card In SE Asia

In a key initiative to accelerate the deployment of EMV-compliant smart cards in South East Asia, Bank Islam Malaysia will issue South East Asia's first MasterCard M/Chip Select smart card starting July 23. Dubbed the ?Bank Islam Card?, the...
July 01, 2002
MasterCard Merges With Europay

The conversion of MasterCard International into a private share corporation and its merger with Europay International have been completed, creating a unified, shareholder-owned global payments company, which will deliver significant benefit...
June 04, 2002
Mastercard To Launch Maestro Global Debit Card Program In Japan

MasterCard International will introduce its Maestro global debit card program to Japan on June 1, 2002, in cooperation with its principal member, Hitachi Capital and Japan?s largest travel agency, JTB. Maestro is the only online PIN-based g...
May 29, 2002
Union Bank Launches American Express Cards In Pakistani Rupees

Union Bank has announced a milestone agreement with American Express to issue Rupee billed American Express Cards in Pakistan. As a result of the launch, consumers in Pakistan can choose to have either a US Dollar denominated American Expre...
May 22, 2002
VISA And SKT Launch First Wireless Payment System

Visa International and SK Telecom (SKT) have signed an agreement to implement wireless payments that incorporate smart cards and infrared technology, in a move to provide consumers with greater convenience to conduct transactions anytime, a...
April 24, 2002
Visa Smart Card Chosen For Payments And Mass Transit In Korea

A Visa smart card that offers multiple applications, including a contactless mass transit application, is to be issued by South Korea?s Hana Bank in conjunction with the city of Daejon. The Visa smart card is based on the GlobalPlatform sta...
April 05, 2002
Mastercard International Reports Strong Growth In 2001

MasterCard International has reported strong performance results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2001, demonstrating continued growth across all regions and in all key measures of success in the payments industry. MasterCard President ...
March 05, 2002
Qantas Launches UATP Program In New Zealand

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) has announced the launch of a new UATP program by Qantas Airways, Ltd. in the New Zealand corporate market. The Qantas UATP program, named Qantas Charge Card, is an enhanced payment system solution for...
February 07, 2002
MasterCard International's MasterIndex Asia-Pacific Survey

Consumers in China have never been more upbeat about the future, according to MasterCard International's MasterIndex survey. The MasterIndex survey, conducted twice a year, measures consumer confidence in thirteen markets within Asia/Pacifi...
January 28, 2002
American Express And China International Travel Service Establish The First Sino-US Joint Venture On Business Travel In China

American Express and China International Travel Service Head Office (CITS) announced the establishment of CITS American Express Travel Services Limited. This is the first Sino-US business travel joint venture in the People?s Republic of Chi...
January 03, 2002
Mastercard And Seng Heng Bank Prepaid Debit Card In Greater China

Seng Heng Bank Limited, the largest acquiring bank in Macau, and MasterCard International announced the launch of the first prepaid debit card program in Macau, called Multi-Link. The introduction of Multi-Link is a milestone in the history...
January 01, 2002
American Express Makes First Euro Transaction In World

The first American Express euro transaction in the world was conducted in Australia January 1, 2002 at 12am EST (1pm GMT), in an American Express Foreign Exchange Office overlooking Sydney Harbour?s New Year?s Eve fireworks display - an ext...
December 18, 2001
American Express @Work and Online Information Services

In a further effort to provide timely and crucial information on travel and card management, American Express Corporate Services has launched @Work - a portal for delivering American Express? business-to-business suite of online solutions. ...
December 11, 2001
Maestro Card Now Accepted In Every BCA?s EDC Terminal

MasterCard International and PT Bank Central Asia Tbk. Jakarta, have announced the acceptance of Maestro Card in every BCA's EDC Terminal. This development will allow over 10 million Maestro cardholders within Indonesia to have access to th...
November 13, 2001
Mobile Payment Industry Consortium To Enhance Global Market Growth

A new, cross-industry group, the Mobile Payment Forum, has been launched to enable secure, user-friendly mobile payment transactions and expand the global market for mobile (m) commerce. The Mobile Payment Forum, created by American Express...
November 02, 2001
American Express Business Card To Support Thai SME Business Growth

American Express has announced the official launch of Thailand's first-of-its-kind business card specially designed to help small and medium enterprises (SME) better manage and save on everyday business expenses. Commenting on the new Ameri...
November 02, 2001
American Express Survey Identifies Travel Management Best Practices

Hong Kong companies' operating costs could be reduced by a quarter if they placed greater emphasis on controlling travel and entertainment (T&E) costs, according to the 2001 Survey of Corporate Travel Management released by American Express...
September 18, 2001
Visa International Announces Global Partnership With Le Meridien

Visa International and Le Meridien have announced a multi-year strategic marketing partnership, providing the new partners with joint promotional opportunities while offering Visa cardholders added rewards and privileges when selecting Le M...
September 17, 2001
Rollout Of Smart Cards In Asia/Pacific Is Accelerating

MasterCard International announced today that 1 million MULTOS multi-application smart cards have rolled into the region under its US$2.99 chip program. The 1 million smart card milestone adds to the existing 3 million MULTOS cards already ...
September 05, 2001
American Express Q3 Airfare Index

The American Express Q3 Airfare Index has found that Australian domestic airfares have decreased by a dramatic 35%, since Virgin Blue first commenced operations in 2000. Mr Jim Georges, Director- Head of American Express Consulting, Asia...
August 23, 2001
American Express Launches The Platinum Card In India

American Express has redefined the world of privilege with the launch of the exclusive American Express Platinum Card in India. The Platinum Card is coveted the world over for its almost limitless variety of personal services and benefits, ...
August 13, 2001
American Express Launches Credit Card With Team New Zealand

American Express and Team New Zealand announced the launch of the American Express Team New Zealand Credit Card, a co-branded credit card that will provide a practical option for New Zealanders who want to contribute to the next defence of ...
July 24, 2001
American Express Launches Blue Australia's First Smart Card

American Express announced the launch of Australia's first smart credit card, the new Blue from American Express, a card that promises to revolutionize the Australian card market. Designed in a world-first truly clear plastic, Blue spans th...
July 16, 2001
American Express' Global B2B E-Payment Initiatives

Despite recent grim headlines in the B2B technology sector, many large companies are already seeing traction in online purchasing programs in the U.S. and are starting to expand these programs overseas. In fact, current economic pressure to...
July 02, 2001
American Express And Union Bank Announce Alliance In Pakistan

American Express and Union Bank today announced that they have signed an agreement, whereby Union Bank will conduct American Express Card services in Pakistan. Under the terms of the agreement, American Express will transfer existing Pakist...
June 25, 2001
Visa Partnership Agreement with The Korea National Tourism Organization

Visa International has signed an exclusive marketing partnership with the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO), building on an already strong partnership between that country's national tourism body and the world's leading card paymen...
June 03, 2001
UATP Establishes Direct, Central Electronic Processing

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) has announced the direct connection of its central acquirer network, ATCAN, to Bank Settlement Plan (BSP) United Kingdom (UK). UATP also has a direct connection to ATCAN with CardClear, Automatic Data ...
May 08, 2001
MasterCard International Adds Multicurrency Capability

MasterCard Remote Payment and Presentment Service (RPPS) has announced the introduction of multicurrency settlement capability to its comprehensive roster of electronic bill payment and presentment (EBPP) services. The new capability enable...
May 02, 2001
Mastercard To Move Its Middle East/Africa Headquarters To Dubai

MasterCard International will relocate its Middle East/Africa headquarters to Dubai, from its current location in Brussels, Belgium. This follows the company's decision last year to move its regional management office to Dubai Internet City...
April 27, 2001
Qantas Telstra Visa Cards Win Award

The Qantas Telstra Visa card has been named Best Frequent Traveller Credit or Charge Card (International) in the prestigious 2000 Freddie Awards, announced in New York overnight. It was the first time that the Qantas card - one of 35 car...
March 29, 2001
Mastercard International Reports Strong Global Growth In 2000

MasterCard International today reported performance results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2000, demonstrating strong growth across all markets in key measures of success in the payments industry. Cardholders across the globe used ...
March 21, 2001
Global Smart Card Growth Continues As Visa Surpasses 40 Million Mark

Visa International today announced that its member financial institutions have issued 42 million Visa-branded smart cards worldwide. Europe continues to dominate Visa smart card growth with some 34 million cards, followed by Asia Pacific...
March 05, 2001
UATP And Ansett Australia Launch Ansett Travel Account To Travel Agents

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP), in conjunction with Ansett Australia, announces the launch of Ansett Travel Account (ATA) to the travel agent community. ATA incorporates Ansett's complete suite of travel management tools, including ...
January 10, 2001
Unicard Offers 40% Commissions On "Annual Plans"

Unicard Inc., the leading supplier of travel insurance in the world, today announced a special limited promotion providing 40% commissions to travel agencies for the sale of Unicard "Annual Plans" (when bookings are completed through the ww...
December 29, 2000
UATP Celebrates Pivotal Year

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) reflects on year 2000 as the most monumental year in the company's 64 year history. The program growth, successful re-branding and restructuring efforts of the year set the foundation for a continued ...
December 18, 2000
Mastercard And Keycorp To Launch The Most Competitive Smart Card

MasterCard International recently announced that together with Keycorp Limited, the Australian smart card provider, the company will be introducing the most competitively priced multi-application smart card in the market today. This deve...
December 13, 2000
Diners Club Launches First Premium Card

Diners Club, creator of the multi-use charge card industry, unveils the Diners Club(r) Carte Blanche(r) Card, its first-ever premium card and the latest milestone in a 50-year history of industry innovations. Designed for the U.S.-based int...
November 29, 2000
Visa Survey Of Purchasing Managers

Business-to-business electronic procurement systems are growing in importance, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Visa U.S.A. at the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) conference in New Orleans, LA earlier this ...
November 27, 2000
UATP Executive To Speak At IATA Conference In London

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mike Patzer, is a keynote speaker at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Distribution Conference on 29 November 2000 at the Le Mèridien Hotel in Lo...
November 23, 2000
New Taishan Bank Rose Card American Express Card Targets Women

Taishin International Bank and American Express today jointly announced the launch of a new card product, the Taishin Bank Rose Card American Express Card in Taiwan. The credit card is issued by Taishin Bank and accepted on the American Exp...
November 21, 2000
UATP And Cardclear Establish A Data Transaction Connection

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced today, establishment of a connection between its global transaction processing system ATCAN and ADP's CardClear service. CardClear is a fully automated credit card consolidation service, rece...
November 16, 2000
Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. Elects New Board of Directors

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced the election of a new Board of Directors effective 07 November 2000. The 10 board members were introduced to UATP member airlines at the company's Annual Conference on 08 November 2000 in Las...
November 16, 2000
UATP Hosts Most Successful Annual Conference and InfoSearch

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) hosted the most successful Annual Conference and InfoSearch Regional Forum in the company's history last week in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Resort and Hotel. Over 95 airline representatives and UATP ...
November 15, 2000
Aeon Credit Service American Express Network Credit Card In Hong Kong

AEON Credit Service (Asia) Co., Ltd. and American Express announced today that they have signed a partnership agreement - a breakthrough in the card industry in Hong Kong. Under the agreement, AEON Credit Service will issue a new credit car...
November 13, 2000
American Express Survey Reveals New Era Of T&E Cost Management

After several years of skyrocketing business travel prices and cutbacks in the airline ticket commissions that U.S. companies have relied on to fund their travel programs, a comprehensive survey by American Express reveals the extent of cor...
November 09, 2000
American Express Launches Corporate Meeting Card

The corporate meeting planner is a pro at juggling thousands of details - arranging for guest and conference rooms, meals, transportation, entertainment, flowers, audio-visual and nametags - the list seems endless. But the real headache beg...
November 06, 2000
UATP Opens Regional Operations Office In Sydney

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced the opening of a regional operations office in Sydney, Australia, effective today. Matthew Talbot, formerly Senior Business Analyst for Air New Zealand, has been hired as the Regional Operati...
November 06, 2000
Over 40 International Airlines Will Attend UATP Annual Conference

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced today that over 40 international airlines are confirmed to attend the company's Annual Conference and InfoSearch Forum in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. On 08 November 2000, th...
November 06, 2000
British Airways And American Express Cobranded Credit Card

British Airways and American Express have announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to launch a new cobranded credit card program for British Airways UK Executive Club members (British Airways' frequent flier program). A...
November 06, 2000
UATP Names Regional Marketing Managers For Europe and Asia Pacific

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP), announced today the appointments two Regional Marketing Managers. Kay Boon Tan will serve as Regional Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific and Simon J. Tongue will serve as Regional Marketing Manager fo...
October 25, 2000
UATP.Com Offers Enhanced Six Language Viewing Feature

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced today an expansion to a total of six languages as an enhanced feature on its public web site, UATP.com. Now included are Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. UATP.com is an...
October 24, 2000
New American Express Survey About the World Wide Web

Internet access may vary greatly from country to country, but consumers around the globe reveal strikingly similar practices, plans and perspectives when it comes to the burgeoning new online medium, according to the 2000 American Express G...
October 24, 2000
Universal Air Travel Plan Incorporates

On 30 September 2000 at 5:00 PM EDT, Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP) began operations as Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc., a Delaware corporation governed by the Amended and Restated UATP Participation Agreement of 2000*. The new structure ...
October 23, 2000
American Express Introduces Hilton HHonors Platinum Card

American Express and Hilton HHonors(r) Worldwide today announced the launch of the Hilton HHonors Platinum Credit Card from American Express. The new Hilton Hhonors Platinum Credit Card has a number of valuable benefits and features and wil...
October 23, 2000
American Express Card For Small And Medium Enterprises In Singapore

American Express today introduced Singapore's first-of-its-kind card specially designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) manage business expenses. One of the challenges SMEs face is managing expenses effectively. But...
October 16, 2000
American Express Launches Online Business Travel Fulfillment Services

American Express Corporate Services announced that it is expanding its business travel services with the establishment of a new business unit, the Interactive Travel Group, to market online travel fulfillment and end-to-end interactive trav...
October 16, 2000
Asia Miles Introduces Miles For Dining

Asia Miles has become Asia's first Travel Reward Programme to introduce miles for dining. From 15 October, Asia Miles members will be able to earn miles at more than 30 of Hong Kong's most popular restaurants. Diners at any of these restaur...
October 02, 2000
Delta And American Express Introduce "Always Double Miles"

American Express and Delta Air Lines set a new standard for the airline credit card reward category by introducing a new feature on Delta SkyMiles(r) Credit Cards -- Always Double Miles. Beginning October 1st, the Delta SkyMiles Credit C...
September 19, 2000
Visa And Telstra To Offer First-Generation Wireless Financial Services

In a move to encourage mobile electronic commerce, Visa International has teamed with Telstra Corporation Ltd., Australia's largest mobile phone operator, to provide a wireless automatic teller machine (ATM) locator service for use at the S...
September 19, 2000
Banco Galicia Argentina Launches American Express-Branded Credit Cards

Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires ("Banco Galicia") and American Express today announced the launch of the Banco Galicia American Express Card and Banco Galicia American Express Gold Card in Argentina. Under the agreement (announced in July),...
September 13, 2000
Visa International Continues Strong Global Growth

Visa International's global transaction volume jumped nearly 22 percent in the first quarter of 2000 compared to the previous year's quarter, with exceptionally strong performance in commercial and debit card business. The world's leader in...
September 06, 2000
Visa - Setting The Gold Standard in Olympic Games Marketing

After nearly 15 years as a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Games, Visa International understands it takes more than adding "rings" to business cards or pitching hospitality tents to effectively leverage the world's premier sports and cultu...
September 01, 2000
Ansett Australia Unveils UATP Corporate Payment System

Ansett Australia and the Universal Air Travel Plan, UATP, introduced today the UATP Ansett Travel Account to be formally launched on 1 September 2000. The decision by Ansett Australia to combine its existing Travel Account with the globa...
August 31, 2000
Banco Provincia To Issue American Express-Branded Cards In Argentina

Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (Banco Provincia) and American Express announced the signing of an agreement to launch a Banco Provincia American Express Card in Argentina. Under the agreement, Banco Provincia will issue American Expr...
August 24, 2000
MasterCard Launches Merchant & Acquirer Referral Program

MasterCard International today launched The MasterCard Merchant & Acquirer Referral Program, providing merchants, acquirers and Member Service Providers (MSPs) with one destination, the Internet, to meet and form business relationships. ...
August 23, 2000
American Express Launches Online Business-To-Business Directory

American Express today announced that it is has launched an online business-to-business directory that enables American Express Corporate, Purchasing and Small Business Cardmembers to quickly and easily search for and find business-to-busin...
August 15, 2000
Visa International Announces Partnership with MedicinePlanet, Inc.

Obtaining destination-specific health information for global travel has never been easier for Visa cardholders. Through a new partnership announced today, Visa International has teamed up with MedicinePlanet, Inc., to offer cardholders the ...
August 01, 2000
Diners Club Releases Group Event System Enhancement

Diners Club North America has enhanced its unique Group Event System (GES) with a product that assigns group and event transactions among different cost centers. The product idea, called Electronic Event Account System (EEAS), was drive...
July 31, 2000
American Express Survey Of Business Travelers Using Wireless Phones

Until a few years ago, harried business travelers bumped into each other in an all-too-familiar, on-the-road meeting place - the crowded bank of hotel or airport pay phones where lines added to the frustration of business travel. Those days...
July 31, 2000
American Express For Automated Corporate Card Billing

At a time when shrinking airline commissions are prompting travel managers to turn to other corporate cost centers to help foot the bill for travel agency service fees, American Express has introduced a new product that takes the hassle out...
July 31, 2000
American Express @ Work Website For Managing Corporate Card Programs

Introduced last fall, the American Express @ Work website is fast becoming the preferred channel for Corporate Card customers to manage their card programs. And starting this month, American Express @ Work takes management information repor...
July 28, 2000
WHEREVERCard Successfully Launched

WHEREVER.net, a leading Asian Voice-over-IP ("VoIP") services provider, reported successful results for its WHEREVERCard since launching this new product since April this year. Mr. Harold Yow, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific Operatio...
July 24, 2000
Visa Creates e-Visa International

Visa International today announced the formation of a new business unit focused on driving the growth of global electronic and mobile commerce, and extending Visa's leadership role in Web-based payments. The new group, e-Visa Internatio...
July 20, 2000
New UATP Web Site Officially Launched

The Universal Air Travel Plan, UATP, announced the launch of its re-designed public web site - uatp.com. The new site will focus on UATP's corporate priorities by providing targeted information to airlines, their employees, travel agents, c...
July 18, 2000
AirPlus Business Systems Expands Into The U.S. Market

AirPlus Business Systems is making major inroads in the U.S. market during the year 2000. It's currently promoting the AirPlus Air Travel Card and plans to introduce its e-booking product in the U.S. in September. The company is a strong gl...
July 17, 2000
UATP Announces Launch Of Central Acquiring Network - ATCAN

The Universal Air Travel Plan, UATP, announced that on 30 June 2000, it successfully implemented an automated sales reporting network named ATCAN. Designed to assist UATP member airlines achieve daily electronic central processing and recon...
July 05, 2000
New Royal Bank Visa AVION Gold To Replace Royal Bank Canadian Plus Visa

Royal Bank today announced the introduction of the new Royal Bank Visa AVION Gold, a flexible travel rewards loyalty program. The AVION card will replace Royal Bank's Canadian Plus Visa card. Until their December 2000 statement, cardholders...
June 29, 2000
Bangkok Bank To Issue Its Own Credit Card On American Express Network

Bangkok Bank PCL (BBL) and American Express today announced the launch of the Bangkok Bank American Express Credit Card. This is the first time that a Thai Bank has issued a credit card on the American Express Global Network. Denominated...
June 28, 2000
American Express Expanding Canadian Ops; Opening New Call Centres

Amex Canada Inc. has announced a new business venture that will see the opening of state-of-the-art Call Centres in Canada to provide travel management services to major North American companies. The first of these Centres will open in H...
June 27, 2000
American Express Announces Organizational Changes

The following announcement is excerpted from a letter to employees that was issued June 27 by Kenneth I. Chenault, president and chief operating officer of American Express... Effective immediately, the company's principal lines of busi...
June 23, 2000
American Express Platinum Card Linked To American Express Brokerage

American Express has launched the American Express Investment Management Account Platinum Card. American Express customers with a combined minimum balance of $100,000 in their American Express and/or American Express Centurion Bank (includi...
June 19, 2000
MasterCard & Microsoft To Provide Online Resources for Small Businesses

MasterCard International and Microsoft Corp. have announced the formal rollout of an advertising and marketing agreement to help small businesses stay ahead of the competition. The Microsoft(r) bCentral(tm) small-business portal and MasterC...
June 19, 2000
Hong Leong Bank, Malaysia American Express Credit Card

Hong Leong Bank Berhad (HLBB) and American Express today unveiled the new Hong Leong Bank Classic and Gold American Express Credit Card at HLBB's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The credit cards are issued by HLBB and will be accepted at t...
June 19, 2000
American Express-Branded Credit Cards In Argentina

Banco Río de la Plata and American Express today announced the launch of the Banco Río American Express Card in Argentina. Under the agreement announced today, Banco Río de la Plata will issue American Express-branded standard and Gold revo...
June 19, 2000
Visa International Launches Secure E-Commerce Initiative

Visa International today announced a new global e-commerce initiative that will make Internet shopping better and safer for both buyers and sellers on the Web. As online volume grows, the initiative will enhance Visa's global payment syste...
June 16, 2000
SmartDisk Announces Partnership with Visa International (Asia Pacific)

SmartDisk Corporation, a company whose products simplify the digital lifestyle, has announced a planned June roll-out of its Smarty(r) smart card reader/writer for use with the Electronic Purse Services Program in Singapore. As a result of ...
June 15, 2000
American Express Teams Up With Two Banks In Peru

Banco de Crédito and Interbank announced with American Express the launch of locally issued American Express Cards in Peru. Under individual independent operator agreements with American Express, Banco de Crédito and Interbank will both iss...
June 14, 2000
Visa Survey Asks Where Is the Cashless Society? It's on the Road...

Forty-three percent of international travelers surveyed in March by Audits and Surveys Worldwide for Visa International said they could imagine living without cash and checks - and paying only with plastic. Sixteen percent believe cash has ...
June 14, 2000
American Express and JCB Announce New Global Partnership

American Express Company today announced that they are entering into a new partnership covering their merchant businesses in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The agreement includes a range of reciprocal card acce...
June 12, 2000
Visa International and Necho Systems Form Marketing Alliance

Visa International and Necho Systems have announced a marketing alliance to deliver global expense management software to corporations with Visa Corporate card programs. Necho Systems Corp. and Visa International will offer their service...
June 12, 2000
American Express Introduces Corporate Travel Online

American Express Corporate Services is introducing this month its newest Web-based corporate travel booking system, American Express Corporate Travel Online (CTO), after an intensive pilot test with four companies. The pilot caps a joint...
June 09, 2000
Citigroup Joins Mastercard's Global Mobile Commerce Forum

MasterCard International today announced that Citigroup's e-Citi unit, a global leader in electronic financial services and e-commerce, will join MasterCard's Global Mobile Commerce Forum, an open, cross-industry initiative focusing on the ...
June 09, 2000
Aetna Sinopac Launches 'An Shin E-Card American Express Card' In Taiwan

Aetna Sinopac and American Express today jointly announced the launch of the An Shin ("Security and Trust") E-card American Express Card in Taiwan. The credit card is issued by Aetna Sinopac, a joint venture between Aetna Life Insurance and...
June 07, 2000
American Express Corporate Purchasing Card In Argentina

American Express has announced the launch of a Corporate Purchasing Card in Argentina. The card is a new tool for companies that contributes to the reduction of direct and indirect costs, inherent to the purchase process. The Corporate P...
June 05, 2000
VeriSign, American Express & Ariba - Card Processing Solution

VeriSign, Inc., American Express Company, and Ariba have announced a strategic relationship to deliver the first integrated card payment processing utility for online business-to-business transactions. As part of the relationship, Ariba ...
June 01, 2000
Visa Launches International Ad Campaign For Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Visa International's "Kangaroo Dream" advertising campaign promoting the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to the world, was launched today at the Australian Tourism Exchange at Sydney's Darling Harbour by Visa's Senior Vice President for Internati...
May 30, 2000
American Express Company Establishes China Headquarters In Beijing

American Express Company today announced the establishment of its China headquarters in Beijing scheduled to open in the third quarter this year. The setting up of headquarters in Beijing signifies the company's continued commitment to busi...
May 22, 2000
Four Airlines Join The American Express International Airline Program

American Express announced that All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines and British Airways have joined the International Airline Program, one of the benefits of Centurion and Platinum Card membership from American Express....
May 22, 2000
Visa International and Concur Technologies Form Marketing Alliance

Visa International and Concur Technologies Inc. today announced a marketing alliance to develop and implement payment-related products and services for the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce and travel and entertainment (T&E) markets, pr...
May 22, 2000
China Merchant Bank's "All In One Card" Joins Et-China.com

Et-China.com, China's leading e-commerce travel web site, has announced that China Merchant Bank, www.cmbchina.com and its "All in One Card" will participate in Et-China.com's travel and tourism e-commerce and services. With more than 10...
May 18, 2000
Visa Reaches One Billion Cards Worldwide

Visa International announced it has reached one billion cards worldwide, a first for the payments industry. The company also reported that its payment volume in 1999 reached $1.6 trillion, representing a 19 percent increase over the prev...
May 08, 2000
Paymentech First US Merchant Acquirer To Process JCB Transaction In Yen

Paymentech has become the first U.S.-based merchant processor to acquire and settle JCB credit card transactions in Japanese yen. Paymentech added JCB yen transactions to its expanding international payment menu on its proprietary direct re...
May 05, 2000
Diners Club Upgrades Website For Corporate Cardmembers

Diners Club International announced a significant upgrade to its online functionality for Corporate Card customers: online corporate billing statements. Corporate Cardmembers now can quickly and conveniently access their current Diners Club...
May 03, 2000
Mastercard International Enhances Cardholder Liability Protection

MasterCard International today announced that its U.S. Board of Directors approved a measure to further protect MasterCard cardholders from losses related to unauthorized credit and debit card use by setting a zero-dollar liability limit re...
May 03, 2000
Mastercard - Smart Card Migration In Brazil

MasterCard International, working with its member financial institutions, will begin to migrate its entire card base in Brazil from magnetic stripe to chip technology. The program, expected to get underway in September 2000, calls for Maste...
May 01, 2000
Black & Veatch Expands International Travel Program With Hang Seng Bank's Corporate Mastercard

MasterCard International, in conjunction with GE Capital and Hang Seng Bank today announced that Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering and construction company, is the first to use MasterCard's Corporate Card alliance with GE Capital...
April 27, 2000
beenz.com and MasterCard Announce Program

beenz.com, creator of beenz, and MasterCard International announced an industry first - a program that will allow consumers to convert their on-line loyalty rewards to dollars and place those dollars on a MasterCard card for use at over 18...
April 25, 2000
Mastercard Donates $5 Million To New Electronic Transactions Lab At MIT

Ensuring that payment choices keep pace with sweeping changes in technology and lifestyles - both now and in the future - will be the focus of new research, as MasterCard International today announced a $5 million grant to establish the "Ma...
April 07, 2000
Air Travel Card Re-Brands Worldwide As UATP

Air Travel Card, the world's first charge card, has announced that it is returning to its original name, Universal Air Travel Plan or UATP. Marketed globally for many years under the brand names Air Travel Card, AirPlus and PassAge, it will...
March 27, 2000
MasterCard - 724 Solutions: Global Solutions For Mobile Commerce & Wireless Payments

MasterCard International and 724 Solutions Inc. announced a strategic alliance to develop and deliver global infrastructure software solutions for conducting payment transactions using mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and o...
March 14, 2000
MasterCard International's MasterIndex Survey Results

MasterIndex Survey Also Shows Most Affected Markets from 1997 Crash Are Among Today's Most Upbeat... Consumers in Hong Kong, China and Singapore have never been as upbeat about the future as they are today, according to MasterCard Intern...
February 24, 2000
Gemplus and Visa Team Up To Pioneer Secure Payment Services Over Wireless Networks

The world will soon be able to make convenient purchases over open wireless networks using Visa and a mobile phone, thanks to new technologies being developed by Gemplus and Visa International. Gemplus, a leading smart card manufacturer,...
February 10, 2000
Mastercard International Cirrus ATM Cards To Be Accepted At Japan's Postal Savings ATMS

Major Boost To Cirrus Network With 24,000 New ATMs Added by 2002 Tokyo, Japan: MasterCard International has announced that MasterCard Cirrus ATM cards issued overseas will be accepted at all of the 24,000 Japan Postal Savings ATMs throug...
February 09, 2000
International Introduces New XML Specification to Meet Information Needs of the Global Commercial Card

New Visa Global XML Invoice Specification will provide valuable purchase information, enabling corporate users to lower costs and maximize operational efficiencies. Visa International has introduced a new specification that will dramatic...
February 08, 2000
AIR TRAVEL CARD: UAL ENTERS EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH INCONTROL

United Airlines, has selected the InControl system to process its Air Travel Card transactions worldwide. InControl will replace United's current billing system and provides a complete outsourcing solution for their Air Travel Card billing ...
January 26, 2000
VISA INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEW GLOBAL COMMERCIAL DIVISION

Visa International has announced that, as part of its recent reorganization, it has formed a separate division to expand and strengthen its focus on building products and services for the international commercial market place. A key objecti...
January 24, 2000
AMERICAN EXPRESS: HONG LEONG BANK FIRST IN MALAYSIA TO ISSUE AMERICAN EXPRESS NETWORK CREDIT CARD

Hong Leong Bank and American Express today announced that they have signed an agreement under which Hong Leong Bank will issue a credit card to be accepted on the American Express global merchant network. This marks the the first time that ...
January 16, 2000
AMERICAN EXPRESS AND UNITED OVERSEAS BANK INVEST IN TRAVELERS CHEQUES IN VIETNAM

American Express and United Overseas Bank (UOB) announced today that they have signed an exclusive agreement for UOB to sell American Express Travelers Cheques at its Ho Chi Minh City branch in Vietnam. The agreement was signed by Vice P...
September 27, 1999
AIR TRAVEL CARD, QSP INC AND NATIONAL PROCESSING COMPANY ANNOUNCE JOINT VENTURE

Air Travel Card, the world's first business travel payment system, today announced a partnership with QSP Inc. and National Processing Company (PC) called InControl. Utilizing QSP software with NPC as the processor, InControl is the first s...
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