01/12/2016 - 14:53

Rottnest Express partners with Westpac for UnionPay trial

01/12/2016 - 14:53

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Ferry operator Rottnest Express has partnered with Westpac to trial the use of a payment card that's popular with Chinese tourists, for online payment for its services to the tourist hotspot.

Rottnest Express chairman Scott Bailey (right) with Westpac representatives David White (left), Paul Chapman and Therese Lindsay.

Ferry operator Rottnest Express has partnered with Westpac to trial the use of a payment card that's popular with Chinese tourists, for online payment for its services to the tourist hotspot.

The partnership will target Chinese tourists travelling to Western Australia, specifically to Rottnest Island, with Rottnest Express being the first Westpac merchant to trial Chinese financial service corporation UnionPay International’s cards.

Widespread acceptance of the service is expected to launch early next year.

Westpac WA general manager Jay Watson said the trial would allow its merchants to serve overseas visitors before they had reached Australia.

“We’re proud to be supporting one of our valued tourism customers in the WA market, and we look forward to enabling other Westpac merchants to take advantage of this growing opportunity,” Mr Watson said.

Rottnest Express chairman Scott Bailey said the company was pleased to be working with Westpac to make it easier for Chinese customers to book and pay for travel and tours.

“We are one of the first Westpac corporate customers to accept UnionPay cards from an online payment gateway and we look forward to seeing and sharing the results,” he said.

Rottnest Express is committed to the China tourism market and we are working closely with Tourism WA to do so.”

Tourism WA acting CEO Gwyn Dolphin said it was often the smaller, practical things that go a long way to making sure a visitor has an extraordinary experience.

“Something as seemingly simple as being able to use the payment systems they already have, are comfortable with and understand, can make their time here smoother and more enjoyable," he said.

James Yang, general manager of UnionPay international South Pacific, said the continued rollout of the UnionPay Online Payment service in Australia would enable Westpac merchants to accept UnionPay cards issued worldwide.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to support a leading tourism provider within the WA market, which is an attractive destination for the significant number of tourists from China, who are expected to be Australia’s largest inbound source market by 2017-2018, and we look forward to those opportunities being made available to other Westpac merchants,” he said.

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