UnionPay and ANZ Bank will jointly announced in Auckland all ANZ ATMs and merchants in New Zealand would be able to accept UnionPay cards.
These ATMs and merchants would not only accept UnionPay chip cards, but would also initiate the acceptance of UnionPay QuickPass in New Zealand.
ANZ is the largest acquirer in New Zealand. Its comprehensive acceptance of the UnionPay cards in New Zealand will increase UnionPay’s ATM acceptance coverage in the market to 50%.
In a year, it will also enable its merchants to accept UnionPay cards successively, increasing UnionPay’s acceptance coverage at local POS terminals to over 40%. Last year, ANZ had enabled all of its ATMs and merchants in Australia to accept UnionPay cards.
Most of the merchants newly accepting UnionPay cards also support UnionPay QuickPass, and Hilton Hotel becomes the first local merchant where consumers can tap their QuickPass-enabled UnionPay chip cards to pay. The ability of ANZ merchants in Australia and New Zealand to accept UnionPay QuickPass lays a solid foundation for the development of mobile payment with UnionPay HCE function.
In 2015, over 340,000 Chinese tourists visited New Zealand, marking a year-on-year growth of over 30%. China has become the second largest tourist source to New Zealand. Currently, UnionPay cards can be used conveniently for cash withdrawal and payment in destinations most visited by tourists, such as Auckland, Rotorua, and Queenstown. Over 10,000 merchants, including brand stores, duty-free shops, hotels, restaurants and famous tourist attractions, accept UnionPay cards. In addition, UnionPay premium card holders can use their cards as substitute for bank statement, wage certificate and incumbency certificate when applying for an individual visa to New Zealand in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
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