Tue, 22 March 2016

MasterCard Launches First Contactless Card in Myanmar

According to MasterCards latest research, 61% of people in Myanmar (also known as Burma) are seeking to travel abroad more in the next 12 months, a stark increase from just 25% two years ago.

To meet this growing demand for travel and cross-border spending, MasterCard together with Co-operative Bank Ltd (CB Bank) have launched the CB EasiTravel Prepaid MasterCard Contactless card.

The latest of MasterCards efforts to better serve the people of Myanmar, the CB EasiTravel Prepaid MasterCard Contactless card provides consumers with a more convenient way to pay when travelling abroad without compromising security.

Mr. U Kyaw Lynn, CEO & Vice Chairman of CB Bank said, More Myanmar citizens are making trips to neighboring countries than ever before, buoyed by the recent relaxing of entry visa restrictions. This trend will continue as the economy grows and gains traction. CB Bank is always looking for ways that will bring convenience to Myanmar travelers. CB Bankss newly issued MasterCard Contactless card will give added convenience when making payments internationally.

Latest projections by the International Monetary Fund put Myanmars economic growth at around 8% for 2016. As well as seeing a growth in outbound tourists, inbound tourism is set to significantly contribute to Myanmars growth in the coming years.

According to the inaugural MasterCard Asia Pacific Destination Cities Index launched earlier this year, Myanmars former capital Yangon is expected to see very strong growth in inbound tourism. Of the 167 cities ranked, Yangon has the third highest compound annual growth rate of 45.7% for total inbound tourist expenditure over the period 2009-2015, just behind Kandy of Sri Lanka (47.3%) and Okinawa of Japan (49.0%).

Mr. Antonio Corro, Country Manager, Thailand and Myanmar, MasterCard, said, Earlier this month, it was announced that four foreign banks were issued preliminary approval to operate in Myanmar. It is great to see the government taking further steps toward opening up Myanmars economy and we are optimistic that this will provide an excellent foundation for commerce to thrive. The people of Myanmar are also optimistic about the future of their country. MasterCards latest MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence recently revealed that people in Myanmar have the most positive outlook on the future of any Asia Pacific market. With the launch of the first MasterCard contactless card in the country, we are continuing to develop the local payment landscape and look forward to more partnership opportunities that allow us to further financially empower the people of Myanmar.

Currently, more than 2,800 restaurants, retail outlets and hotels in Myanmar accept payment cards. 

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