Nourpay prepares for potential increase in Travel and Tourism spend in Saudi Arabia

Nourpay, the digital  and payment services member of Nour Communications Group, and Planet Payment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLPM), a leading international and multi-currency payment processor, today announced a partnership agreement for the potential delivery of Pay in Your Currency®, Planet Payment’s Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) solution, via Bank and Merchant customers in Saudi Arabia.

Pay in Your Currency® offers international visitors the convenience of choosing to pay in Saudi Riyals or their local currency when they transact at enabled ATM’s, hotels, retail, restaurant or Duty Free outlets across the Kingdom. This service offers each customer a customized payment experience and, if adopted in the Kingdom, will support the achievement of certain National Transformation Program & Vision 2030 Objectives.

Operating in 135 different currencies, and compliant with all Visa/MasterCard regulations, Pay In Your Currency® was the first DCC solution launched in the EMEA region over six years ago. Offering consumer transparency and choice, Planet Payment’s suite of DCC solutions generate additional acquiring revenues for banks and reduce merchant processing costs, while maximizing cardholder confidence and visibility.

David Abbott, CEO of Nourpay, commented, “The potential revenue available to the Saudi Economy from DCC is substantial already, and with plans to grow tourism in the Kingdom, this value will increase dramatically. Nourpay is delighted to be able to work with Planet Payment in KSA as we believe only Planet has the tools  needed to sensitively meet the special conditions that exist within the Kingdom. This platform implements quickly, works at point of sale, online and at ATMs, and is trusted by the largest banks and processors in the world. I am confident that we have a very strong proposition for consideration by Saudi Banks as and when SAMA approves these services for use in KSA,” he concluded.

“Planet Payment is pleased to expand our business in Saudi Arabia through our partnership with Nourpay,” said Jonathan Ellis, Managing Director, EMEA region, of Planet Payment.  “We look forward to introducing our personalized payment solutions to the unique and special Saudi market. We believe our DCC solutions are an ideal match with the five-star travel experiences that the National Transformation Plan will offer global visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”



About Nourpay:

Nourpay is the financial services and business systems integrator member of Nournet and Nour Communications Co.   Nourpay delivers innovative digital business applications and payment services to Clients in KSA and across the GCC/MENA region. Nourpay is primarily focused on solutions for Corporates, Banks and Government Clients, harnessing proven applications through our Riyadh based, Tier 3 Data Centre. Nourpay offers: Marketplace, Procure-to-pay, e-commerce, Dynamic Currency Conversion and bank grade prepaid NFC card solutions.

About Planet Payment

Planet Payment (NASDAQ:PLPM) is a leading provider of international payment and transaction processing and multi-currency processing services. Planet Payment provides services in 23 countries and territories across the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, primarily through our 70+ acquiring bank and processor customers. The Company’s point-of-sale and e-commerce services help merchants sell more goods and services to consumers, and together with ATM services, are integrated within the payment card transaction flow enabling acquiring customers, their merchants and consumers to shop, pay, transact and reconcile payment transactions in multiple currencies, geographies and channels.


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