Mastercard becomes BTA industry partner

Buying Business Travel | November 05, 2019

The Business Travel Association BTA has announced technology and payments company Mastercard as its latest industry partner. Mastercard provides solutions to meet the demands of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) using the EMV 3-D Secure payment authentication protocols. Through the partnership, BTA members will have access to tools and expertise on payments and fraud awareness whilst meeting new regulations. CEO Clive Wratten commented: “We are pleased to welcome Mastercard to the BTA partnership programme. As we transition into the new SCA enforcement, it is important that TMCs are able to offer clients a user-friendly experience and minimise the friction authentication adds to the checkout process, without compromising security. Our partnership with Mastercard will help our members to achieve this.”

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California is the number one travel destination in the United States. In 2010, approximately 200 million visitors generated $95.1 billion in spending on goods and services in the state. Visitor spending directly supported jobs for 873,000 Californians and resulted in $6.1 billion in direct state and local tax revenues (Source: Dean Runyan Associates).

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California is the number one travel destination in the United States. In 2010, approximately 200 million visitors generated $95.1 billion in spending on goods and services in the state. Visitor spending directly supported jobs for 873,000 Californians and resulted in $6.1 billion in direct state and local tax revenues (Source: Dean Runyan Associates).

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