Travel Spend Rises Six Percent over 2011 to $57 Billion According to Visa Insights

  Travel Spend Rises Six Percent over 2011 to $57 Billion According to Visa

Business Wire

FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- March 20, 2013

According to the 2012 Travel Snapshots released today by Visa Inc. (NYSE:V),
Visa account holders continued packing their bags as aggressively as they did
in 2011. According to VisaVue® Travel data, spending by Visa account holders
traveling to Brazil, Canada, Mexico and United States jumped six percent to
$57 billion compared to 2011.

VisaVue Travel Data Spending Highlights

  *China knocked the U.K. out of the top three inbound countries traveling to
    the U.S. for the first time since 2009 – increasing travel spend by 30
    percent compared to 2011.
  *Visa account holders from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. showed more
    interest in Japan, boosting tourism spend in the country by an average of
    25 percent ($948M in 2012).
  *Visa account holders in Africa dramatically increased travel spending in
    the U.S. in 2012 by 17 percent, spending $585M on their Visa accounts. In
    fact, 80 percent of African countries with Visa account holders who
    traveled to the U.S. experienced double-digit growth in tourism spending
    in 2012.

“Tourism is a driver of economic growth, and Visa works closely with
governments and tourism entities to seamlessly connect merchants and Visa
account holders,” said Nick Talwar (@NickTalwar), head of North America
Consumer Credit, Visa Inc. “For the past two years, we’ve seen an upward trend
in international travel spend. And as it becomes easier for international
travelers to safely pay for goods and services using electronic payments, more
countries will experience the economic benefits that international travel
brings to their overall revenues.”

Visa’s suite of travel products and services advances the value and reach of
electronic payments as a key component of sustainable global tourism. Visa
products offer account holders peace of mind in knowing they have the ability
to make purchases at tens of millions of merchants worldwide, access to local
currencies at more than 1.9 million ATMs, the protection of Visa’s Zero
Liability Policy^1 for fraudulent transactions and a range of travel perks and
benefits which can save time and money.

To view complete copies of the 2012 Visa Travel Snapshot reports for the
United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil,  click here Visa Tourism media kit.

For more information on Visa’s full suite of travel products and tips for
international travel payment, visit

About VisaVue^® Travel Data

Visa cardholder spend data cited is based upon VisaVue Travel data. Visa
introduced the VisaVue Travel tourism reporting product to U.S. tourism
organizations in 2008 and has continued to provide reports to the industry on
a variety of popular tourist destinations every year. For more information on
VisaVue Travel and Visa's products focused on the tourism industry, please
contact the VisaVue Product Office at

Data included in the 2012 reports includes spending on Visa-branded payment
cards by international visitors from key source countries during the calendar
year 2012 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012) and includes travel spend in Visa Europe.

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries
and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate
one of the world’s most advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable
of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud
protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank
and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for
consumers.Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution
customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time
with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit

^1 Visa's Zero Liability policy covers U.S.-issued cards only and does not
apply to ATM transactions, PIN transactions not processed by Visa, or certain
commercial card transactions. Cardholder must notify issuer promptly of any
unauthorized use. Consult issuer for additional details or visit


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