China’s UnionPay has inked a deal for card acceptance with AccorHotels Group, the largest hotels group in Europe.
Previously, Louvre Hotels Group has accepted UnionPay cards.
AccorHotels has enabled 85 pilot hotels in France that are popular among Asian tourists to accept UnionPay cards. By the end of this June, 200 hotels of the Group will be able to accept UnionPay.
In recent years, UnionPay’s acceptance footprint in Europe has expanded substantially. Currently more than 2.2 million merchants across 39 European countries and regions accept UnionPay cards, taking up half of all the merchants in Europe that accept bankcards. Cardholders can not only pay with UnionPay cards at the major department stores, duty-free stores and brand stores in Europe, but also in more and more hotels, restaurants, historical and cultural spots, as well as leisure and entertainment establishments.
In the first two months of this year, the transaction volume of UnionPay cards in Europe grew by about 40% year-on-year.
AccorHotels has more than ten brands, such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel and Mercure, and has more than 4,000 hotels across about 100 countries and regions.
With this cooperation, all the hotels affiliated to AccorHotels in France will be able to accept UnionPay cards, covering all segments from economy to luxury. Moreover, cardholders cannot only pay for their hotel rooms at the POS terminals in the hotels, but also pay with UnionPay cards in other establishment in the hotels including restaurants, bars, meeting rooms and SPA treatments.
According to the latest data, about 70% of the ATMs in France accept UnionPay cards for cash withdrawal, and some of them are equipped with interface in Chinese.
About 130,000 local merchants accept UnionPay cards for payment, covering places frequently visited by visitors like Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Place Vendome and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, as well as bookstores and souvenir shops in famous museums like Musee du Louvre, Chateau de Versailles, Musee d’Orsay, Museu Picasso de Barcelona and Musee de l’Orangerie.