ZUJI and MasterCard Collaborate in Asia PacificCollaboration to tap into consumers' strong appetite for travel and burgeoning online travel booking market
SINGAPORE, 13 April 2011 – ZUJI, the region's 'Best Online Travel Agent1' and MasterCard Worldwide, today announced a two-year strategic collaboration across Asia Pacific that will offer MasterCard cardholders in the region exclusive deals and packages across ZUJI’s global network of over 400 airlines and 63,000 hotels.
Travel has consistently ranked among the top purchasing priorities for consumers across Asia Pacific, with one in four consumers across the region looking to pack their bags for a getaway, according to MasterCard survey findings. The alliance between ZUJI and MasterCard caters not only to the strong appetite for travel, but also taps into the burgeoning online travel booking market in Asia Pacific which is expected to hit a value of US$51.6 billion in 2011 and grow by 30% to 40% a year going forward2.
"When MasterCard cardholders book via ZUJI, they are ensured of accurate, competitively priced and instantly confirmed bookings for flights and hotels. ZUJI has a wide and extensive global network of airlines and hotels selection to match our deep understanding of travelers across the Asia Pacific region. As the leading online travel portal, ZUJI is continually reviewing and innovating our product offerings in order to meet the rising expectations of sophisticated travelers," said Roshan Mendis, President of ZUJI Asia Pacific.
"Consumers are increasingly planning their entire vacation online. Our own research has shown that air tickets are among the top purchases consumers make online. By aligning with ZUJI, one of the region's leading online travel agencies, MasterCard is making the online travel planning process easier and more valuable to cardholders. This strategic collaboration with ZUJI is another example of MasterCard's commitment to give cardholders Priceless benefits," said Nagesh Devata, vice president, Market Development, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide.
Aside from enjoying MasterCard exclusive airfares and hotel rates, MasterCard cardholders can also look forward to the following benefits when booking with ZUJI:
- MasterCard Everyday Savings – Book a flight with ZUJI3 using your MasterCard card and receive a US$20 hotel e-voucher applicable on your next hotel booking with ZUJI.
- MasterCard Mondays – Book a hotel with ZUJI4 using your MasterCard card and enjoy 10% off in the form of credit rebates.
- An Experience of a Lifetime – Book a flight or hotel at www.zuji.com.sg between 14 to 30 April 2011 or on www.zuji.com.hk between 18 April to 8 May and stand a chance to win a trip to catch the UEFA Champions League Final Wembley 2011 in London.
1ZUJI was recognized as Asia Pacific's 'Best Online Travel Agent' by TTG travel magazines in Asia Pacific in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2009.
2According to the European Travel Commission
3Applicable on www.zuji.com.sg, www.zuji.com.hk, www.zuji.com.au and www.travelocity.co.in
4Applicable on www.zuji.com.sg, www.zuji.com.hk, www.zuji.com.au and www.travelocity.co.in
In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2009, ZUJI® was recognised as Asia Pacific's 'Best Online Travel Agent', as awarded by TTG travel magazines in Asia Pacific. ZUJI was also awarded as the 'Best Online Travel Agency' in 2007 by the Travel Weekly (Asia) Industry Awards. 'Condé Nast Traveler' magazine (March 08, US-edition) announced ZUJI as the 'best travel web site for flights in Asia'. ZUJI was conferred the "Asia's Best Brand" by the first ever CMO Asia Awards 2010.
ZUJI gives travellers in Asia Pacific online access to real-time travel bookings for thousands of hotels and hundreds of airlines, as well as bringing cruises, car hire, attraction bookings, package tours and other inspirational travel offers, products and tools online.
Each ZUJI site is unique. ZUJI has teams and operates travel websites in: Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and India ('Travelocity India' and Travel Guru), as well as many 'Travel Partner Network' sites throughout Asia Pacific.
ZUJI is owned by Travelocity®, an international leader in online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel commerce.
About MasterCard Worldwide
As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Worldwide prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2010, $2.7 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 23 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 160 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 130 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl®. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at www.mastercard.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews.
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