Union Bank of Taiwan (
Similar to individual credit cards, the new product allows travel agents to purchase plane tickets and tour packages from airlines or wholesalers -- usually large-scale travel agencies including South East Travel Services (
When paying for transactions, cardholders can use the cards or provide card numbers for online purchases.
"This new process can help us slash operation costs and reduce transaction risks," said Johnson Tseng (
Given multiple transaction methods available, including checks, cash and remittances, Tseng said travel agencies often waste time and manpower dealing with bills.
Furthermore, concerns over bounced checks or transaction fraud have sometimes distracted agencies, he said.
It is estimated that the nation's 2,400 travel agencies have created NT$300 billion (US$9 billion) worth of B2B product sales this year, while more than 8 million Taiwanese people have traveled abroad during the same period of time.
The scheme allows product suppliers to receive money within three days after transactions are confirmed, and buyers can delay payment by up to 30 days.
Union Bank charges a 0.6 percent handling fee and expects turnover of NT$30 billion via the commercial card program next year, the bank's president Lee Shian-chang (李憲章) said.