CCB targets Chinese tourists visiting Japan with a new credit card

Nurdianah Md Nur

The growing number of Chinese tourists visiting Japan has prompted the China Construction Bank (CCB) to launch the Japan Traveling Credit Card with the JCB International (JCBI) later this month.

From January to November last year, about 2.2 million Chinese tourists visited Japan, an increase of 82.2 percent from 2013. The new credit card is thus aimed at providing these tourists with "top-level service to make their trip to Japan more enjoyable," said Kimihisa Imada, deputy president of JCBI.

Chinese tourists with the new credit card will gain access to a wide range of special services in Japan such as free rental of mobile Wi-Fi router for three days. They will also be eligible to enjoy standard JCB card services including discounts at duty-free shops at selected airports, and free gift certificates when making reservations at 6,000 hotels in Japan for Platinum cardholders.

The launch of the Japan Traveling Credit Card affirms the strong partnership between the two companies. CCB has been a JCB merchant acquiring partner since 1995 and a card issuing partner since 2010. " China is one of JCB's most important markets with over 10 million cardmembers. I look forward to working with CCB to enhance our payment related services for cardmembers in China," said Imada.