UnionPay app makes the difference!

by MicheleAlbini

categories Activities Certifications

tags booking China outbound tourism UnionPay Welcome Chinese


A seamless way of paying: this is certainly something that Chinese travelers – like anyone else – expect at their destination. This is the reason why the acceptance of UnionPay cards represents one of the key requirements of the Welcome Chinese certification.

HOW MANY ACTIVE USERS? - What’s more, 30 million UnionPay cardholders – including 18 million Premium users – travel with the UnionPay app already installed on their smartphones. Following the agreement with Welcome Chinese, the app hosts a showcase of all certified hotels that wish to foster their visibility directly towards the Mandarin-speaking audience. Far from being just another booking platform, it represents an opportunity that allows hospitality destinations to compete by offering special services that can make the difference.

HOW IT WORKS - It can be a Chinese newspaper waiting in the room, as well as a ticket for events that are happening in town. Hotels are free to pick from a list of services that they wish to offer, without any restrictions. To be eligible for these additional services, Chinese visitors will have to print the hotel’s voucher through the UnionPay’s app and show it at the reception desk upon arrival. Thus, it is not just a matter of what credit card they used to book, it is a more exclusive way to reinforce the connection between the independent traveler and the selected hotel.

If you want to know how to be listed on the UnionPay International app – or just find out more details – feel free to send an email to with “UnionPay app” as the subject. Did we miss anything? Of course: the listing is free of charge, as it is included in the Welcome Chinese certification 2016.