SHANGHAI, Oct. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 6 million Chinese tourists are expected to visit foreign countries during the Golden Week from October 1. According to the latest analysis of China Tourism Academy, compared with previous years, the new-generation Chinese tourists of outbound tourism, instead of spending much time in shopping, they prefer activities such as self-driving, performance, special food and entertainment etc. This trend encourages more overseas merchants to improve the purchasing experience of Chinese tourists, such as placing more importance on UnionPay card service.
As reported by Australian Financial Review, Chinese tourists visiting Australia have moved their attention from luxuries to high-class restaurants, serviced apartments and museums. For instance, The Meat & Wine Co has witnessed remarkably increasing Chinese tourists after accepting UnionPay.
Besides, more merchants and tourism sectors have realized the significance of UnionPay card service in attracting Chinese tourists. The two largest European hotel groups have collectively accepted UnionPay, including 200 stores of Louvre and 110 of Accor; Greek merchants accept UnionPay Mobile QuickPass, which supports micro payment without verifying password and signature, enabling UnionPay cardholders to pay with their mobile phones; DLVA in Provence endeavors to establish the "UnionPay Payment Demonstration Towns", in which Chinese tourists can use UnionPay cards conveniently.
UnionPay cards -- familiar, secure, convenient and preferential -- undoubtedly become the first choice for Chinese outbound tourists. The wide acceptance network of UnionPay covered 162 countries and regions, including almost all tourism destinations favored by Chinese such as Latin America, Central Asia and Africa. Currently, more than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside mainland China accept UnionPay cards.
Many Chinese netizens have shared their pleasant purchasing experience with their UnionPay cards in Kyoto's art stores, German local stores, American gas stations etc, during the Golden Week. As self-service travel and experience travel become popular, UnionPay card acceptance network has expanded from sightseeing and shopping to catering, supermarkets, transportation and entertainment, comprehensively supporting the diversified travelling patterns of Chinese tourists.
Exclusive privileges contribute to UnionPay's popularity among Chinese tourists. Over 200 globally well-known merchants in 33 popular tourism destinations cooperate with UnionPay International during the National Day holiday to launch discounts up to 40% off for UnionPay cardholders. Exclusive privileges of UnionPay cards are numerous in quantity and extensive in scope. UnionPay cardholders are generally offered the best deals and currency conversion fee is exempted.