Visa sponsors market for fourth time

Visa also has an interactive, online travel portal 'Visa Destinations'.

As part of Visa International's commitment to the traveller and the travel industry, Visa has confirmed its sponsorship of the ATM for the fourth consecutive year. And as the 'Official Payment Card' for the event, this year Visa has lined up offers in association with Budget Rent A Car and Hilton International.

Jonathan Cabedo, deputy general manager for Visa International explained, "Visa continues to receive world recognition as the most popular choice of travel currency and was recently voted by the prestigious World Travel Awards as "World's Leading Credit Card" for the fifth consecutive year. Moreover, the Arabian Travel Market is acknowledged as the Middle East's premier travel exhibition making it the perfect partnership for Visa and an ideal platform to link with some of our key travel partners to launch some new summer travel promotions."

Middle East Visa cardholders planning to travel locally or overseas this summer can receive a special 10 per cent off in the 'Hilton for Free' promotion that offers up to three additional nights stay for free when booking directly at a choice of 100 participating Hilton hotels worldwide. Additionally, Budget Rent A Car is offering a 25 per cent discount in addition to a free upgrade throughout the GCC countries.

Visa International is a strategic partner with many of the leading global corporations and merchants, creating retail and T&E promotions that deliver extraordinary values to Visa cardholders worldwide. Visa's extensive merchant relationships and marketing partnerships, as well as its unsurpassed acceptance around the world, make Visa one of the best ways to pay for all travel requirements.

"Widely accepted across the world, Visa cards are easy to carry, safer and more convenient to use than cash or travellers cheques, offer preferential exchange rates when making purchases compared to cash withdrawals, and provide services such as global customer service support in case of lost or stolen cards," commented Cabedo.

The Visa Global Customer Assistance Service will provide emergency card replacement and cash advances, usually by the end of the next working day, if your card is reported lost or stolen immediately. The service is open 24hours a day, 365 days a year by simply dialling 00-1-410-581-9994 and reversing the charges.

Visa also has an interactive, online travel portal 'Visa Destinations', which provides cardholders with exclusive offers and values from a select group of global travel, retail and entertainment merchants.

Featuring a wide range of valuable offers and information, this user-friendly travel planning Website can be accessed at The site contains retail, travel and entertainment offers from more than 600 merchants in key destination markets or by designated category around the world.