China’s UnionPay has signed a cooperative agreement with Maldives Airport Company Limited. Maldives Airport Company Limited is responsible for the operation of Ibrahim Nasir, the only international airport in local as well as the daily operation of airport duty-free shops.
According to the agreement signed by UnionPay International and Maldives Airport Company, the cooperation will be further deepened in the future to provide special offers to UnionPay cardholders in Maldives. From now to Dec. 21, 2015, UnionPay cardholders can enjoy 5% discount at the duty-free shops of this airport.
As one of the most popular island tour destinations, Maldives witnessed an increasing number of Chinese tourists in the first five months of this year and the number of Chinese tourists account represents 30% of all tourists there. Correspondingly, local UnionPay card acceptance coverage is expanded and cardholders can use UnionPay cards at 90% of the ATMs and merchants there, covering island resorts, catering and souvenir shops. In the first half of this year, the transaction volume of UnionPay cards in Maldives has exceeded that of last year.
To satisfy the increasing demands of tourists, Ibrahim Nasir will complete the construction of new passenger terminal in 2017-2018. At that time, the scale of airport duty-free shops of Maldives as well as the range of goods will be enlarged correspondingly. It is expected that Ibrahim Nasir will receive nearly 1 million Chinese tourists within one or two years upon completing the construction of new passenger terminal.
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