Specialist Holidays Group (SHG), part of TUI Travel PLC is making it even easier for consumers to pay for their holidays by simply using their mobile phone.
The group of specialist brands is the first tour operator to offer customers the option to pay via Barclays Pingit, providing a quick, easy and secure way to settle those all important holiday bookings.
With consumers increasingly using smartphones and tablets to shop and make purchases, by using Barclays Pingit, Specialist Holidays Group customers can pay for holiday bookings whenever and wherever they are. The app is free to download and can be used by anyone who has a UK mobile number and a UK bank account.
This is the start of SHG's journey with Barclays Pingit as the group explores ways to offer their customers innovative mobile payment solutions.
Colin Parselle, Finance Director at Specialist Holidays Group, said: "We recognise that our customers want choice when it comes to their payment options and Barclays Pingit provides a quick, easy and convenient way for them to pay for their holiday bookings. The ease and speed of the service makes it ideal for both our customers and us, particularly as funds are cleared immediately which improves the overall booking journey for our customers."
Mike Walters, Head of UK Corporate Payments at Barclays commented: "Consumer behaviour when it comes to making payments is changing as convenience and ease become top priorities. SHG is at the forefront in recognising the importance of providing its customers with new and innovative mobile payment solutions that are both quick and secure to use."
TUI's Specialist Holidays Group provides holidays throughout the world, concentrating on high quality product aimed at mid-market and specialist holidaymakers all of whom seek out flexibility and outstanding value for money. Amongst the group's family of brands are: Sovereign Luxury Travel, Meon Villas, Hayes & Jarvis, Crystal Ski Holidays, Austravel , Citalia , American Holidays, and Sunsail.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays' purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions -- in the right way.
With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com .
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