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  • Oct 2, 2014
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Visa Inc.

UnionPay card joins pack of top players

Among the designer brands from Prada to Chanel at the Harrods flagship store in London, Li Yafang spotted a logo she knows from back home: the red, blue and green of UnionPay cards.

Thursday, 13 December, 2012, 3:34am

Australian accused of using others' credit cards

An Australian teacher appeared in court for allegedly buying six iPhones using others' credit cards. Christopher Doherty, 23, from Caringbah in Sydney, entered no plea at Kowloon City Court to three counts of obtaining property by deception and one of theft. He is accused of buying the phones from two Fortress stores and Digital Action Telecom using the cards of two women last Saturday.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Visa application

Mark and Connie are on holiday in Hong Kong from the UK. They are planning a trip over the border to Shenzhen so they need to apply for a visa each. They are now at the visa office filling out the application form. Listen to their conversation and fill in the form with all the relevant details.


13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Treading the fine line of an ambush

362 days to go

A thousand fans stripping to their underwear. A small brewery advertising the mere fact it is not an official sponsor. A major credit card company playing on words, creating a memorable slogan.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Firms gain credit from Games partnerships

If you've been watching television recently you will have found it hard to miss Chinese sports hero Yao Ming and movie star Jackie Chan lending their status to a particular brand name in an advertisement.

The commercial is just one front of a dynamic marketing campaign that Visa International has put in place as part of its commitment to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

IOC-accredited visitors to be granted visa-free entry

Beijing will waive visa requirements for IOC-accredited overseas visitors a month before and after the 2008 Olympic Games, a public security official said yesterday.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Immigration charges set to increase

The Immigration Department has proposed raising 30 service charges by up to 21 per cent this summer to achieve full cost recovery by 2013.

Under the plan, an ordinary visa application and an extension of stay will both cost $160 - $25 more than now. A transit visa will go up 20 per cent to $84.

5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

English club

Language points

1. had no idea why cannot understand or come up with any reasons

Eg. He had no idea why he scored such low marks in the maths test.

2. a real hassle

troublesome, annoying or irritating

Eg. Getting a visa for the trip was a real hassle.

3. first-come, first-served basis

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

The thieves are victims themselves, from a rising number of children from poor eastern European countries smuggled into the wealthy West and forced to steal ... Some are sent to the West by parents who hope they will do better ... The easing of visa requirements for some eastern European countries has made it easier to smuggle them into countries like Austria.

14 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Consumer spending stays strong

The central government's efforts to cool the economy are unlikely to deter consumer spending, according to the world's second-largest credit-card company.

Danny Cheung, the vice-president and business manager of Greater China at MasterCard International, said that with the measures targeting only a few selected industries, consumer spending should remain strong.

20 May 2004 - 12:00am


Visa International said Sars triggered a sharp fall in card spending in Hong Kong last month as consumer confidence plunged. It said domestic transactions for the four weeks to April 27 fell 9.8 per cent year on year, while those made by overseas Visa cardholders slid 51 per cent. Visa said card spending rose 8.6 per cent to HK$26.52 billion in Hong Kong in the first quarter.

9 May 2003 - 12:00am

BoC (HK) to adjust interest rates

Bank of China (Hong Kong) said yesterday that it would adjust its credit-card interest rates when positive credit data sharing was introduced in April.

25 Feb 2003 - 12:00am


Last year saw Visa International increase the number of cards issued on the mainland by 53.6 per cent, to 590,000. Sale volume stood at US$415 million, up 96 per cent. Sales last year involving cards it issued in Hong Kong edged up 2 per cent to US$13 billion. The average expenditure per card, however fell to US$1,866 from US$1,976.

19 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Zhang bonds with Visa again

Improving on a successful advertising campaign is a tricky task for any company. For Visa International, the solution has been to reprise a winning formula, namely having Zhang Ziyi (right) parody a hit movie.

5 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Foreign operators battle central bank over payment settlement

Credit-card companies are fighting for a slice of multi-billion-dollar revenues which could be earned by providing their international networks to settle transactions made on the mainland.

14 Mar 2002 - 12:00am