Travelex Heralds Next Generation Payments With Launch of 'GEO' for Financial Institutions

London - 25 October 2010

Travelex Global Business Payments, a leading provider of international payments and foreign exchange solutions, today launched a new payment service, GEO for Financial Institutions.

GEO has been developed specifically for Financial Institutions so they can capitalize on the growing customer demand for cross border
payments. It offers a scalable, secure and flexible platform that simplifies global payments and increases profitability by enabling the customers of these Financial Institutions unique access to Travelex's powerful global payments network.

Designed to support branch networks and direct online channels, GEO can be used as a complete outsourced payment solution, avoiding the need for banks to invest in costly in-house development. It also eliminates the need to establish their own correspondent banking networks.

This highly flexible solution has been designed to ensure that the technology implementation can be completed within a matter of weeks. The online platform can also be white labelled and offered directly to bank's end customers, or existing online platforms can connect directly to the GEO functionality through our proven real-time web service interface.

GEO offers connectivity through SWIFT as well as access to Travelex's global payments network with domestic clearing in over 40
countries. This includes unique access to emerging payment networks such as 'Faster Payments', where international users of the GEO platform can now conduct near real-time payments to beneficiaries in the UK.

David Sear, Managing Director, Travelex Global Business Payments commented, "GEO is the first of its kind, a purpose built cross
border payments platform for Financial Institutions. It provides a seamless and intuitive global payments network and is the first to utilise cloud technology. Now, Financial Institutions can take advantage of this global, scalable infrastructure to open up new revenue streams and dramatically improve service levels for their customers."

Travelex has partnered with Rakuten, Japan's leading online marketplace and one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world to
provide an international payments platform for its bank customrs in Japan. By integrating their online system with Travelex's GEO payment platform which is white labelled, Rakuten has been able to offer its customers all the benefits of the GEO network within their own banking environment.

Mr. Akhito Nohara, Executive Vice President of Rakuten Bank commented, "We are delighted to offer our customers the ability to make
international payments through our banking platform, utilising Travelex's GEO for Financial Institutions solution. This will provide our customers with more variety of services, an exceptional experience and enable Rakuten to expand its client base into new regions."


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