United Kingdom-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC says customers now can use China-issued bankcards to make online reservations and payments. The hotel company has signed a deal with ChinaPay E-Payment Service Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China UnionPay, to provide the service. InterContinental says it is the "only international hotel group in China" to offer this service, according to a statement. Previously, InterContinental accepted only internationally branded credit cards for online reservations, and guests had to make all payments during checkout. The new service "allows [the group] to reach out to nearly 1.5 billion holders of locally issued bankcards across China," the statement says.

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