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Image: E-money cards may become more prevalent. Credit: Bank Mandiri

Non-cash payment methods are penetrating the tourism industry as Bank Mandiri begins to test the system at Pandawa Beach and Gunung Payung Cultural Park on Bali’s south coast.

“They will be the first tourism areas where non-cash payment methods will be available,” said Regional CEO of Bank Mandiri, R. Erwan Djoko Hermawan to on Monday.

The cashless card payment system was possible through an agreement made between Bank Mandiri and Kutuh Village authorities. Hermawan hoped, by applying the non-cash payment method, the community can pay easier and faster using the e-money card.

He also said that Bank Mandiri will provide the payment mechanisms like the e-money independent transaction reader, e-money top up application back-end facilities, and the data communication network for transaction data recording. He also said that this is one of Bank Mandiri’s efforts to better serve their customers.

Through this non-cash payment method, guests visiting these tourist areas will be able to rent canoes, buy food and beverages using their e-money, debit or credit cards. Kutuh Village Chief, Made Wena, said that the people of Kutuh welcomed this non-cash payment method because it helped the national government program.

After the (mostly) successful launch of e-money cards for use on the national toll road network, it would seem this payment method will be a major player in the way many payments are made in the future.