29 Oct Despegar.com Enters 10-Year Exclusive Co-brand Agreement with ICBC for Argentina
WILMINGTON, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despegar.com, Corp. (NYSE: DESP), (“Despegar” or the “Company”) a leading online travel company in Latin America, today announced it has signed a 10-year exclusive agreement with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Argentina) S.A. (“ICBC”) to launch a co-branded credit card in Argentina in partnership with Mastercard Incorporated (“Mastercard”) as Despegar continues to pursue its strategy of further enhancing brand awareness and deepening customer engagement.
“We are very excited about this agreement, which is another step towards the implementation of a loyalty program that we expect to launch in Argentina in 2020. This will follow the roll-out of the loyalty program we are first planning for Brazil. Our goal is to provide our customers a unique experience while at the same time rewarding customer loyalty.” commented Damian Scokin, Chief Executive Officer of Despegar.
“This alliance offers a new experience of financial services combined with digital technology, designed to satisfy the desires and needs of our clients, bringing them closer to their ideal vacations. The agreement sets a new milestone on the road to digital transformation of the bank”, concludes Andrés Lozano, Head of Personal and Business Banking of ICBC Argentina.
“We celebrate this partnership and we are honored to be part of it. From Mastercard, we are sure this is a great opportunity for travelers to have more benefits and access to outstanding digital technologies for their purchases while we continue creating new ways of offering priceless moments and experiences for our clients”, explained Agustin Beccar Varela, Country Manager for Mastercard Argentina & Uruguay.
Despegar is the leading online travel company in Latin America. With over two decades of business experience and operating in 20 countries in the region, Despegar accompanies Latin American travelers from the moment they dream of taking a trip until they share their memories of that trip. Thanks to the strong commitment to technological development and customer service, Despegar offers a customized experience to more than 18 million customers.
Despegar’s websites and leading mobile apps, offer products from over 270 airlines, more than 512,000 accommodation options, as well as approximately 1,190 car rental agencies and approximately 326 destination services suppliers with more than 5,690 activities throughout Latin America. The Company owns and operates two well-recognized brands, Despegar, its global brand, and Decolar, its Brazilian brand. Despegar is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DESP). For more information, please visit www.despegar.com.
About ICBC Argentina
ICBC Argentina is a universal bank that provides financial services through 119 branches and 877 ATMs and Self-Service Terminals in 17 provinces and 3700 employees. It serves 1,000,000 households, 40,700 SMEs and businesses, and 1,820 corporate clients. It is one of the market leaders in pledge loans, electronic banking, leasing and foreign trade. It has more than 4,900 million dollars in assets and 2,500 million dollars in deposits, ranking among the 7 first private banks in Argentina in both rankings.
About Mastercard Incorporated
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