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August 12, 2021 Swiping Left on Magnetic Stripes
August 11, 2021

People Globally Want to Expand their Minds, Unwind from the Daily Grind and Seek Selfless Self-Care, According to New Mastercard Experience Research

The Pandemic Has Driven People to Redefine their Expectations of Experiences, Demanding Long-Lasting Impact

August 10, 2021

Mastercard marks year of collective action in annual Sustainability Report

Outlines progress towards an inclusive, sustainable future for people and the planet

July 8, 2021

Standard Chartered, Cathay and Mastercard deepen cooperation with launch of a brand-new range of Mastercard Credit Cards

and limited offer of Marco Polo Club Silver or Gold membership

June 24, 2021

Mastercard Amplifies Priceless Hong Kong for Cardholders Through Expanded Partnership with Business Icons and Local SMEs

Experiential offers and exclusive privileges further reinforce Mastercard’s commitment to supporting SMEs while rejuvenating local economy impacted by the COVID-19-pandemic

June 23, 2021

Mox and Mastercard launch groundbreaking feature to “Flip” between debit and credit spending on the all-in-one Mox Card

June 10, 2021

Mastercard Further Drives Empowerment Initiative for Hong Kong’s Women Entrepreneurs

Nine new exciting and inspiring special privileges available for Mastercard cardholders

May 25, 2021

Mastercard Recovery Insights: E-commerce a Covid Lifeline for Merchants with Additional US$900 Billion Spent Online Globally

New Report Spotlights Retail’s Digital Acceleration

May 4, 2021

Pandemic Alters Spending Habits in APAC, Drives Rapid Shift to Emerging Payment Technologies: Mastercard New Payments Index

94% of consumers in APAC are considering using emerging payment methods this year APAC enthusiasm for QR codes, digital wallets and cryptocurrencies exceeds global averages

April 23, 2021

Pandemic Drives Increased Velocity of Innovation, Brings New Challenges and Consumer Demands for Customization

Mastercard and Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Research identifies insights, methods, risks in remote collaboration, enhanced security and customer experiences

April 22, 2021

Mastercard strengthens Digital First program in Asia Pacific to meet rising demand for convenient and secure transactions

March 26, 2021

Mastercard Amplifies the Sound of Safe and Secure Payment Through its Unique Sonic Branding

Mastercard reinforces efforts on providing fast, safe and convenient payment solutions to Hong Kong consumers and its support for SMEs

March 7, 2021

Mastercard Empowers Women Entrepreneurs in Celebration of International Women’s Day 2021

Six local female entrepreneurs step into the spotlight to showcase their businesses via Mastercard partnership

March 3, 2021

Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs: Hong Kong Ranks Fifth in Asia Pacific in Offering the Most Supportive Entrepreneurial Conditions for Women

The Index also suggests that the COVID-19 crisis could set back a generation of women in business

February 20, 2021 Why Mastercard is bringing crypto onto its network
February 9, 2021 Mastercard partners with SAP Concur to deliver automated expense and invoice management for businesses in Asia Pacific
January 27, 2021

Mastercard evolves contactless technology for quantum world

New Enhanced Contactless specifications provide next-generation capabilities for advanced protection and convenience

January 20, 2021

Mastercard and HKTaxi Expand Credit Card Payment on Taxis

New “Pay for Street-Hail” function gives local consumers safe, fast and secure credit card payment service for taxi rides all over the city

January 18, 2021

Mastercard launches one-stop resource site to support digital transformation of SMEs in Asia Pacific

January 14, 2021

Mastercard Underlines Support for Sick Children and Families Through Charity Partnership

One set of red packets to be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Hong Kong’s beneficiary families for every Chinese New Year red packet purchase using Mastercard cards

December 30, 2020

Mastercard Supports Hong Kong’s Recovery and Digital Economy Through Innovation and Partnerships in Second Half of 2020

Initiatives further emphasize Mastercard’s commitment to developing Hong Kong as a smart city while responding to COVID-19-accelerated needs

December 21, 2020

Mastercard Shares Innovative Strategy Addressing COVID-19 at Singapore Fintech Festival

Roll-outs and updates unveiled at world’s largest fintech event with Mastercard as Grand Sponsor

December 10, 2020

Mastercard Index: Hong Kong Among World’s “Super-Stand Out” Economies

Digital Intelligence Index from Fletcher and Mastercard provides an in-depth look at the rate of technology adoption and the state of digital trust in the region

November 3, 2020

Mastercard embraces multi-rail strategy to boost small businesses

October 29, 2020

Mastercard launches “Thank the Fans” campaign at League of Legends® Esports 10th Anniversary Celebration

Digital Priceless® Experiences, Special Capsule Collection and In-Game Digital Goods Roll Out for Fans through on October 31, 2020, timed with World Championship Finals and Opening Ceremony presented by Mastercard

October 20, 2020

Priceless Planet Coalition Expands, Unites Businesses and Consumers Worldwide to Preserve the Environment

Leading climate science experts join Advisory Committee; Coalition partners launch consumer activations across the globe to support planting 100 million trees

October 8, 2020 Mastercard Ranks at Fortune’s 2020 Change the World List
September 30, 2020 Hungry for information: How blockchain can build trust in food supply chains
September 28, 2020

New Online Shopping Credit Card Launched by CCB (Asia), and Mastercard

Cash rebates and exclusive offers with CCB (Asia) JD Mastercard Credit Card await shoppers across the city

September 10, 2020

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Testing Platform, Enabling Central Banks to Assess and Explore National Digital Currencies

  • Innovative virtual and custom testing platform allows central banks to evaluate use cases and test roll-out strategies for CBDCs by simulating a CBDC ecosystem
  • Central banks, commercial banks, and tech and advisory firms invited to partner with Mastercard to evaluate the suitability of CBDCs in a country or region
September 8, 2020

Businesses and Consumers Weigh In on Data Exchange Practices in New Mastercard Study

Mastercard’s new Harvard Business Review survey reveals divide in opinion between consumers and businesses regarding the value of sharing personal information

August 26, 2020

Mastercard Highlights Commitment to Promoting E-Commerce Amid Pandemic Through Charity Collaboration

Yeng Kee Bakery to donate one box of face masks to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every online mooncake purchase worth MOP300 or above using Mastercard cards

August 11, 2020

‘It’s OK not to have all the answers’: Mastercard’s next CEO is comforting employees, striking $1B deals, and pledging change for Black executives

August 5, 2020

Mastercard, Hang Lung Properties and Germagic Coating Specialist (Germ Tech) Collaborate in Promoting Wellness Through Sanitation and Contactless Payment

Free sanitizing service in designated Hang Lung’s Medical Hubs housing prominent clinics and healthcare centers with incentives for adopting Mastercard contactless payment in Hong Kong

July 20, 2020

Mastercard and WeLab Bank Announce the Launch of Numberless WeLab Debit Card for a Fun and Secure Digital Journey

Partnership delivers a secure, simple, intuitive, customer-centric and fully digital banking experience

July 9, 2020

Click to Pay: Mastercard expands simple and secure digital checkout experience in Asia Pacific as consumers flock to online shopping

July 7, 2020

Mastercard and Mox Partner to Launch All-In-One Numberless Bank Card

Digital-first, numberless bank card provides simple, convenient and secure payment experience

June 30, 2020

Mastercard Caters to Hongkongers’ Needs Amid Pandemic in First Half of 2020

Initiatives and services in quick response to COVID-19-related needs, furthering the development of Hong Kong as a smart city

June 22, 2020 In stores or on the couch, Asia Pacific consumers shift rapidly to digital commerce and show no signs of turning back – Mastercard study

More online purchases on the way as people expect to do less in-store shopping
June 10, 2020 Four Facts about the Numberless Physical Card from Mastercard
June 3, 2020 Mastercard Cardholders Can Top Up Octopus on iPhone and Apple Watch with Apple Pay
May 28, 2020 Issues an Open Call for $10M Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

Challenge Will Reward Scalable and Breakthrough Projects that use Data Science to Support Inclusive Growth and Recovery

May 26, 2020

Camila Cabello Joins Mastercard Roster Creating Digital Priceless Experiences

Naomi Osaka, Bryan Habana and Other Partners Help Fulfill People’s Passions for Arts & Culture, Culinary, Music and Sports Around the World

May 12, 2020 Mastercard study shows consumers moving to contactless payments for everyday purchases as they seek cleaner, touch-free options 
April 14, 2020

Mastercard advocates sufficiently high contactless payments limits to ensure faster, simpler transactions across Asia Pacific

April 8, 2020

Learning @ Home with Girls4Tech™ Connect

Mastercard Provides Free Online STEM Lessons to Children, Teachers and Parents

April 7, 2020

Mastercard Partners with KeyChain Pay - Mobile Rental Payment Platform to Push Smart City Development Forward

Convenient, safe and secure cashless transactions for landlords and tenants via Mastercard

March 10, 2020

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard Launch Initiative to Speed Development and Access to Therapies for COVID-19

COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will coordinate R&D efforts and remove barriers to drug development and scale-up to address the epidemic

February 4, 2020

Mastercard Partners with Dah Sing Bank and BBPOS MSL to Launch Hong Kong’s First Mobile App Card Payment Acceptance Solution for Local SMEs

Mastercard introduces its sonic branding in Hong Kong as one of Tap On Phone’s secure payment features

January 23, 2020

Mastercard Partners with Lan Kwai Fong Association to Give Cardholders the Best in Food and Drinks

Mastercard cardholders to exclusively enjoy dining offers in Lan Kwai Fong

March 28, 2019

Hong Kong Retail Sales Drop around Chinese New Year: Mastercard SpendingPulse

Local retail sales end a 21-month positive growth streak

February 13, 2019

Hongkongers are Celebrating Valentine’s Day like Never Before: Mastercard Love Index

The annual Mastercard study shows Hongkongers are spending more than before for the Valentine’s season

January 8, 2019

Mastercard Evolves Its Brand Mark by Dropping its Name

Digital Payment Company Adapts to a Digital Environment in a Move to Become a Symbol Brand

October 31, 2018

Hong Kong Among the Top 10 Most Visited Cities in Asia Pacific: Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index

China ranks second in largest outbound travel, next to the United States

October 26, 2018

Mastercard Debuts Priceless Experiences for Fans at the League of Legends 2018 World Championship

“Mastercard Nexus” Pop-up Experience Announced; Music Performances Confirmed for the Finals Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard

October 23, 2018

Mastercard and HKTaxi Make Every Journey Rewarding with Hong Kong's First Taxi Ride Rewards Program

Mastercard cardholders exclusively enjoy a 5% rebate in Taxi Dollars for taxi rides via HKTaxi

October 4, 2018

Mastercard Takes Hong Kong’s Education Sector into New Milestone Through Integrated EduTech and FinTech Platform

Schools and parents enjoy hassle‐free, fast, safe and convenient cashless payments experience

September 20, 2018

Mastercard Signs with League of Legends® as First Global Partner of the World’s Largest Esport

Priceless® Experiences Rolling Out for League of Legends Esports Community

June 26, 2018

Hongkongers Continue to Embrace Online Shopping, Mastercard Survey Reveals

Secure payment facility remains popular for local consumers

May 30, 2018

All-In-One Daily Convenience and Rewards: Shop Online and Roam the City with Mastercard, HKTaxi and HKTVmall

Daily life in Hong Kong just got more hassle-free through cashless convenience

April 27, 2018

Hong Kong Retail Sales Strongest in Three Years: Mastercard SpendingPulse™

Local retail sales record 11.6 percent year-on-year growth in March

March 15, 2018

No Cash for Taxi? Use your Smartphones: Mastercard and HKTaxi Partner to Offer In-App Digital Payment for Taxi Rides

Now Hongkongers can pay safely and conveniently with in-app credit card payment

February 6, 2018

Mastercard sets sights on making EMV contact and contactless payments available everywhere 

Every cardholder across Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East & Africa, will be able to tap their Mastercard or device in stores by 2023

December 19, 2017

Mastercard Index: Hong Kong Tracks Biggest Leap in Consumer Optimism in Asia Pacific

Jumps in optimism tracked across all of the Index’s economic indicators

September 26, 2017

Hong Kong Ranks In Asia Pacific’s Top 10 Most Visited Cities: Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index

Asia Pacific spearheading travel tailwinds

September 1, 2017

Mastercard Announces New Leadership in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea

New division, consisting of Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea, created to drive greater synergies

August 16, 2017

Neutral about the Future: Hong Kong Consumer Confidence Remains Stable

Confidence in the economy sees significant improvement while regular income prospects show some deterioration

August 3, 2017

Mastercard and PayPal Expand Partnership in Asia Pacific to Spur Mobile and Digital Commerce

Agreement will expand customer choice and enhance user experience across the region

July 27, 2017

Mastercard Expands QR Payments Choice in Hong Kong

Choice, Security, Convenience – QR Code Payments Complements Extensive Investment in Contactless Payments

July 20, 2017

Hong Kong Among World’s Stand Out Digital Economies

The Fletcher School and Mastercard unveil the Digital Evolution Index 2017, an in-depth look at technology adoption and the state of digital trust around the world

June 27, 2017

Hong Kong Retail Sales Rebounds After 21 Months of Negative Growth: Mastercard SpendingPulse

Local retail sales record 1.8 percent year-on-year growth in May

May 11, 2017

Hong Kong Claims Seventh Place in Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2017

Bangkok remains top destination, Singapore leads in total visitor expenditure

April 26, 2017

Mastercard Enhances Hong Kong’s Mobile Payments Space with Samsung Pay Early Access Program

Mastercard cardholders in Hong Kong can now enjoy safe and convenient mobile payments with Samsung Pay

April 25, 2017

Hongkongers are Shopping on Smartphones More than Ever: Mastercard Survey

Secure payment facility remains essential for local consumers

April 10, 2017

Mastercard Partners with Macao Judiciary Police to Roll Out New Fraud- Fighting Device That Tackles Card Crime

World’s first device to accurately detect payment card fraud within 20 seconds

March 14, 2017

Mastercard Redefines Affluence for Asia Pacific

New suite of refreshed benefits aims to meet the evolving needs of Asia’s booming affluent population

January 23, 2017

Hongkongers Show the Second Highest Propensity to Travel in Asia Pacific

Hong Kong international outbound travel forecasted to reach 6.8 million trips by 2021

January 17, 2017

Biggest Leap in Asia Pacific: Hong Kong’s Consumer Confidence Improves Significantly

Stock market confidence showed strongest growth

October 20, 2016

Google Pay Goes Live in Hong Kong with Mastercard

Mastercard cardholders in Hong Kong can now pay securely and with convenience

September 29, 2016

Hong Kong Retail Sales Remain Subdued: Mastercard SpendingPulse

Growth remains negative for the thirteenth consecutive month

September 21, 2016

Mastercard Launches New Mobile App to Empower Small Businesses in Hong Kong

One-stop platform connecting buyers and suppliers to empower small businesses to succeed by making corporate payments faster, smarter, and more efficient

August 31, 2016

Lagging Behind in Asia Pacific: Consumer Confidence Remains Low in Hong Kong

Employment outlook contributed the most to the drop of the city’s confidence level

August 26, 2016

Weakness Persists in Hong Kong Retail Sales: Mastercard SpendingPulse

A 7.8 percent dip in retail sales year-on-year was recorded in July

August 01, 2016 No Respite Seen for Hong Kong Retail Sales: Mastercard SpendingPulse
July 25, 2016 Mastercard Updates its Iconic Logo and Brand Identity
July 20, 2016

Hong Kong a Top 20 Global Origin for Asia Pacific Destinations: Mastercard

Taiwan is Hongkongers’ favorite destination in Asia Pacific 

June 14, 2016

Mastercard Will Bring Apple Pay to Customers in Hong Kong

Plans to Offer the Easy, Secure & Private Way to Pay

May 30, 2016

Hong Kong Retail Sales Weakness Persists: Mastercard SpendingPulse

Local retail sales contracted by 5.7 percent year-on-year in April

May 25, 2016

The Future of Payments is Now: Inaugural Innovation and Security Forum Reveals Latest Inoovations for the First Time in Hong Kong

Set to transform Hong Kong consumer experience by bringing more convenient, safer and seamless experiences to life

May 3, 2016

Hong Kong Records Worst Retail Sales Month Since 2014, Mastercard SpendingPulse Report Reveals

March report shows local retail sales plunged 18.5 percent year-over-year

March 30, 2016

Mobile Shopping Surges in Popularity: Two in Five Hongkongers Now Shop on Smartphones, Mastercard Survey Reveals

Secure payment facility remains priority for local consumers

March 23, 2016

Consumer Sentiment Declines: Hong Kong Shows Weakened Economic Confidence

The city sees the most substantial deterioration in stock market confidence in recent years

February 16, 2016

Hong Kong Claims Seventh Place in Mastercard’s Inaugural Asia Pacific Destination Index

The city stands out as the only Greater China destination among the Asia Pacific top 10