UnionPay International Takes 28th SEA Games to New Heights (United News of Bangladesh)

Shanghai (China), May 22 (Xinhua-AsiaNet/UNB) – The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (SINGSOC) announced on May 14 UnionPay International (UPI), a subsidiary of China UnionPay, as the latest sponsor to come on board for the 28th SEA Games.

As the official payment systems sponsor of the Games, UPI will strengthen SINGSOC’s partnership portfolio for the region’s largest multi-sport event, set to return to local

shores after a 22-year long hiatus. In the spirit of celebrating the extraordinary, UPI is also set to provide an unforgettable SEA Games experience for the young and old alike.

Subject to final approval from the authorities, UnionPay is planning to provide complimentary hot air balloon rides for the public as part of the SEA Games Carnival at the Singapore Sports Hub, a unique experience for the public.

The safety and security of passengers are the topmost priority of the organizers, and the balloon as well as expert crew will be specially brought in from France.

Adding on to the vibrant atmosphere, UnionPay is dressing up the official SEA Games buses which will serve as transport for the VIPs, athletes and officials to and from the airport, hotels and Games venues.

To sweeten the experience, UnionPay cardholders from Southeast Asia (excluding Singapore) also stand a chance to win a VIP experience to the Games! One top-spending

cardholder in each participating Southeast Asian market will win a paid trip for two to watch the SEA Games football finals and closing ceremony, including business class air tickets to Singapore and a two-night stay at a five-star hotel. 15 Top-spending UnionPay Cardholders in Singapore will each win an exclusive experience including a 2D1N staycation and spa package at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, a Sentosa Merlion experience, as well as tickets to SEA Games football finals and closing ceremony. Terms and conditions apply.

Southeast Asia is a relative mature market for UnionPay. Currently, UnionPay cards are accepted by all of the 10 ASEAN countries with local card issuance being realized in all of them. In Singapore and Thailand, almost all of the ATMs and over 70% of merchants accept UnionPay cards. In Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, 90% of ATMs accept UnionPay cards and more than 80% of merchants in Vietnam accept UnionPay cards. An increasing number of local residents in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand frequently use UnionPay cards in their daily life and international travels.