Visa, the global payments technology company, has announced that Visa cards will now be accepted at the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, one of world’s most popular tourist destinations, which will help drive tourism and increase the shift from cash to electronic payments in Cambodia.
The park includes Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed, and receives more than two million international visitors each year, according to the Ministry of Tourism in Cambodia.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Angkor Enterprise and its acquiring bank ACLEDA to launch Visa card acceptance at Angkor Park ticket booths providing visitors with a faster, secure and more convenient payment experience,” said Sean Preston, Visa’s country manager for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
“Angkor Wat is truly one of the wonders of the world and a must see destination for visitors to Cambodia. We look forward to working with the Cambodian Government and Angkor Enterprise to encourage more visitors to Cambodia, drive economic growth, and improve payments for locals and tourists alike.”
H.E. Chhorn Sopheap, the under secretary of state at the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Angkor Enterprise Board of Directors member, said: “Today’s event is another new testimony that reflects the attention of Senior Minister of Economy and Finance and Minister of Tourism on the modernisation and automation of the Angkor Pass System for transparency, accountability, sustainability and better services.
“Within the framework of this modernisation project, I am pleased to be working with various partners, especially Visa to provide electronic payment acceptance at Angkor Park ticket booths. This partnership will help to drive tourism and provide an enhanced ticketing experience, increasing convenience and reducing waiting times, for the millions of tourists to the Kingdom each year.”
To further demonstrate its commitment to expanding electronic payments across the country, Visa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Angkor Enterprise to promote tourism to the Angkor temples and Cambodia, and Optistech Co., Ltd as the IT solution vendor.
As part of the agreement, Visa will be offering a 3% discount on admission tickets to the Angkor Park purchased using Visa cards from October until the end of November 2017. Visa cardholders will also be able to enjoy discounts at 50 selected merchants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap covering dining, shopping, spa & wellness and lodging.
“As part of our brand promise we want consumers to be able to use their Visa cards to take them everywhere they want to be. With today’s announcement, we are one step closer to fulfilling this vision for travellers to Cambodia,” added Mr Preston.
Today, visitors to Cambodia can use their Visa cards at more than 7,000 merchant locations and more than 1,000 ATMs across the country.
For more information on Angkor Wat tourism please visit www.angkorenterprise.gov.kh/
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information visit www.visa.com