UnionPay contactless cardholders can use them at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris

UnionPay’s contactless payment solution, QuickPass, is now accepted at more than 700,000 European point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

Photo: Svetlana Gumerova
Photo: Svetlana Gumerova

UnionPay International (“UPI”), the world’s leading payment provider, has further expanded its offering to cardholders with its “contactless” service, called UnionPay QuickPass, at the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store in Paris.

This latest addition brings the total number of point of sale (POS) terminals accepting UnionPay QuickPass to more than 700,000 in Europe, most of which are located in Italy, Greece and France.

The service has been enabled at all Galeries Lafayette Haussmann POS terminals.

The launch of this service will offer customers the experience of paying for their purchases by simply bringing their mobile phone or UnionPay chip card with QuickPass enabled to the POS. This innovation, the first on the French market, was made possible thanks to the contribution of Crédit Agricole Payment Services and Crédit Agricole d’Ile-de-France. Crédit Agricole, a founding member of UnionPay International and a pioneer in the acquisition of UnionPay cards in France,

In collaboration with more than 2,000 institutions worldwide, UPI has achieved acceptance of its card in 177 countries and issuing regions in 58 countries and regions.

According to the China Tourism Research Institute, some three million Chinese tourists visited Europe in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 7.4% over last year.

As the leading payment brand adopted by Chinese travellers abroad, UnionPay attaches great importance to the European market.

In France, for example, some 250,000 shops — mainly department stores, duty-free shops, airport shops, brand shops, restaurants and hotels — accept UnionPay cards. In addition, UnionPay cardholders can withdraw cash at about 80% of France’s ATMs.

In Paris, shops in famous shopping areas, such as Champs-Elysées Avenue, Piazza Vendôme and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, all accept UnionPay services.

Today, UnionPay services cover 90% of Europe’s countries and regions. In the first half of this year, more than 600,000 new stores in Europe have been enabled to accept UnionPay cards, boosting the local coverage rate to 65%. “Europe is the second largest destination for Chinese tourists after Asia, and France has always been a favorite destination,” said Wei Zhihong, marketing director and responsible for Europe at UPI.

“Galeries Lafayette is one of our main partners in France, and the full QuickPass coverage at its Haussmann facility forms an excellent basis for future collaboration with other businesses and businesses in the region.