Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


BookIt first to accept China Union Pay online in NZ

Media Release
23 July 2014

BookIt first to accept China Union Pay online in NZ

New Zealand tourism operators can now be better prepared for the growing number of Chinese tourists as Trade Me’s booking engine, BookIt, on Thursday becomes the first local online booking engine to accept payment via China Union Pay cards.

China Union Pay is the leading card scheme in China, with more than 3.1 billion cards in circulation. Nine out of every ten credit cards issued in China is Union Pay branded.

BookIt will also be translating its booking process into simplified Chinese which, combined with the preferred payment method for Chinese travellers, will boost conversion and pre-booking for operators and resellers using BookIt.

Daniel Bridges, head of travel at Trade Me, said China was growing quickly as a source of tourists. “Tourist numbers from China are already second only to Australia and forecast to double by 2019, so being able to accept their preferred payment method is very important. Bookings by Chinese travellers on BookIt are already up 51% in 2014 compared to 2013, so we’re pleased to be the first local online booking engine offering this to Kiwi tourism businesses.”

He said the growth of Chinese arrivals to New Zealand is set to take “another leap forward” this summer too. “China Southern Airlines recently announced plans to kick off twice daily flights in October, so that provides Kiwi tourism operators with a perfect opportunity to take advantage of advance online bookings via Union Pay.”

Mr Bridges said the move was in line with the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand’s Tourism 2025 framework for the tourism industry. “Making it easier for Chinese tourists and Kiwi operators to do business is bang-on in terms of delivering on TIANZ’s focus on ‘targeting for value’.”

Thumbs up from Tourism Holdings & Tourism NZ

Tourism Holdings use BookIt to power bookings for their world famous Waitomo Caves experiences, and sales and marketing manager Liz Lindsay said Union Pay was an excellent addition. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the Chinese free independent traveller market, and it’s vital for us to be able to accept online payments in the most convenient way for this key market.”

Tourism New Zealand’s GM for Asia, David Craig, is based in Shanghai and said he was pleased to see BookIt’s move. “These sorts of initiatives are vital in maintaining New Zealand's appeal in a competitive global market. BookIt introducing payments via China Union Pay is a great example of adapting to visitor needs, and it’ll help drive bookings."

-Ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Outage: Power Mostly Restored Overnight

Vector wishes to advise that all but 324 customers have been restored overnight. These customers are spread throughout the network in small pockets. The main St Johns feeder was restored around midnight allowing most of the customers in all affected areas to have power this morning. More>>

ALSO:

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news