Visa has launched its international standard electronic
payment system in Northern Thailand. Provinces covered by the new e-payment
system are Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun.
Governor Thongchai Wongrianthongm hit the sabudchai (victory) drum to mark
the new promotion. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Somboon Korbtheeranond, Thailand and Indo-China manager
of Visa International said, “This electronic payment is more convenient
and easy to use for businessmen, especially in the business related
There are now Visa card services for electronic payment
places at 140,000 shops nationwide, and there are about 30,000 shops in the
North but the target is to increase this to 45,000 this year.
The promotion includes discount rates and privileges for
cards holders. From now until July 31 this year, Visa and Visa electron
cards holders who go shopping at Big C, Carrefour, Robinson Department
store, Central Department stores, and Central Plaza in Chiang Mai and
Lampang, and spend either 300, 1,000 or 3,000 baht could win gifts.
Card holders will also receive discounts between 10-20
percent from more than 100 food shops and restaurants that have joined this
Visa promotion in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun and Lampang provinces.
“We have spent about 10 million baht for this payment system promotion,”
Thailand has 3.5 million Visa cards and 6.6 million Visa
electron cards with 200 billion baht spent last year an increase of 25
percent compared to the previous year.
Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor presided over the
official opening of this campaign at Central Airport plaza, Chiang Mai.