Australia’s foremost tourism body, Tourism Australia, will boost collaboration with China’s UnionPay International to “stimulate Chinese visitor spending” in Australia, the nation’s Trade Minister, Steve Ciobo, announced on August 28.
UnionPay is a major payment service provider for travelers from China and other Asian countries. Its cards are accepted in 162 countries and regions around the world, including Australia.
Ciobo said the further collaboration, agreed upon in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), would ensure a more enjoyable and smoother experience for Chinese tourists using the service in Australia.
“This MOU will enable Tourism Australia and UnionPay International to collaborate on business development and joint promotional activity,” Ciobo said in the statement.
“It will also improve the Australian traveling environment and experience by facilitating the highly recognized international payment. This will in turn stimulate Chinese visitor spending in Australia and boost tourism revenue.”
Ciobo said he “recognizes the importance of the China market to Australia’s tourism industry,” adding that collaboration would make choosing Australia as a travel destination easier for more Chinese tourists.
“The (Australian) government values the China market and is supporting its growth through the historic free trade agreement with China, trialing 10-year multiple entry visitor visas and settling a landmark open aviation market air services arrangement that removes all airline capacity restrictions between Australia and China,” the minister said.