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Travelex, Bank of China and MasterCard Launch Cash Passport

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Travelex, a leading foreign exchange specialist, has officially launched an innovative electronic travelerís cheque named ďCash Passport MasterCardĒ, in collaboration with the Bank of China (BOC) and MasterCard.

This is the first e-travelerís cheque with MasterCard logo jointly launched by the three parties in mainland China.

The newly introduced ďCash Passport MasterCardĒ is designed to meet the consumption demands of the Chinese during their vacations and study trips abroad.

Cash Passport MasterCard is available in three foreign currencies, including USD, Euro and GBP. By topping up the e-travelerís cheques in advance, users are able to use them at more than 30 million MasterCard acceptance locations including over 1 million ATMs with MasterCard logo for local currency withdrawals overseas.

China has witnessed a boom in the outbound tourism market in recent years. According to official statistics, the number of outbound travelers in 2010 is expected to reach 53 million annually, including Chinese students going abroad for their education.

ďMasterCardís latest travel survey demonstrates that almost half of the Chinese households with annual income of USD30,000 and above planned to spend on international personal air travel in second half of this year. There is tremendous appetite for travel amongst the well-heeled Chinese. The new Cash Passport MasterCard, a breakthrough the result of a successful collaboration with Travelex and Bank of China, caters to the needs of the Chinese travelers Ė with the convenient electronic travelerís cheques. We are proud to be part of this milestone,Ē remarked Hai Ling, president, Greater China, MasterCard Worldwide.

The e-travelerís cheques can be repeatedly topped up and users can track transaction details and available balance online or through customer services. Cash Passport MasterCard also offers security advantages including free 24-hour Travelex hotline, providing cardholders with a range of services, including emergency currency aid and reporting the loss of cards, thereby making their travel more secure, convenient and easy to manage.

 Currently, customers can purchase the e-travelerís cheque at BOC Beijing branches located in Chaoyang district with valid identification card and relevant certification.

Cash Passport MasterCard, launched in Beijing, will be gradually promoted to other branch networks of BOC in the future to meet the wider populationís financial demands when travelling overseas.

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