UnionPay International has started rolling out its latest offering, known as Asia Theme Card, aimed at business travellers who frequently visit Asia.
The Chinese card company said that the mainstream institutions in Central Asia and Southeast Asia are expected to issue the card later this year.
The card is available in two variants: Travel Mate Asia and Asia Prestige.
Travel Mate Asia has been mainly designed for residents and visitors in Asia, whereas Asia Prestige has been mainly tailored for premium business travellers in Asia, who are looking for unique preferential services.
Travel Mate Asia offers cardholders exclusive access to Top 20 Asian destinations travel resources and benefits from selected Asian attraction discounts, transportation, Wi-Fi service and merchant privileges within the hotel, dining and shopping.
Asia Prestige cardholders can access to more than 850 VIP lounges in over 450 airports and high-speed railway stations. They can also avail the pickup service in 60 major Asian cities, global medical and tourism assistance, and VIP medical assistance in mainland China.
UnionPay International CEO Cai Jianbo said: “With a vision of building a ‘Global Network, International Brand’, we keep improve the cross-border UnionPay card system, offering tailored card products for different groups of users, providing more functions and enhancing our service level, so as to provide payment convenience for overseas customers for their trips to China and other countries.
“Asia Theme Card is a product we designed at the end of 2015 by integrating multiple resources. It is also one of the key products to be rolled out in markets outside mainland China.
“Now, several dozens of institutions in 27 countries and regions in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, Africa and Middle East intend to issue the product.”