Our friends at Retail-Insider are reporting that Yorkdale through it’s new Tourism Program has decided to start accepting China’s UnionPay Cards. If you’ve never heard of the UnionPay Card, it’s the only domestic bank card in China and the leading card that Visitors from China and other Asian countries use while travelling the world.

Yorkdale’s new Tourism Package is actually quite extensive. The program will launch with exclusive shopping packages for tourists as well as a multi-lingual and personalized website for oversees shoppers.

“We recently surveyed visitors over several weekends and learned that approximately one fifth of tourist shoppers come to Yorkdale from outside North America,” said Lesley Boughen, Tourism Manager, Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “Many international visitors consistently rank shopping as a top activity while visiting Toronto. Our new tourism offerings will ensure that Yorkdale continues to be on the map for fashion lovers from around the world.”

“The Government of Ontario is committed to strengthening our tourism industry as a significant economic driver across the province,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  “Through our efforts, we received Approved Destination Status in China which has led to substantial increases in tourism and economic activity over the past three years.  This new program addresses the needs of our guests from China and encourages them to explore and experience our unique retail industry – boosting business, economic activity and tourism in Ontario.”

With the launch of UnionPay cards at Yorkdale, it is now easier for visitors from Asia-Pacific countries to make purchases in Yorkdale’s 250 stores. UnionPay cards are accepted in-store by several Yorkdale retailers, or shoppers can simply visit Guest Services to purchase a Yorkdale gift card in a desired amount using their UnionPay card.

Attracting more than 20 million visitors annually, Yorkdale is one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most prominent tourist destinations because of its extensive retail mix and numerous exclusive-to-Canada stores.

Source: Retail- Insider