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Western Union collaborates with the Department of International Trade to help drive future of cross-border trade at Hong Kong GREAT Festival of Innovation

LONDON – 20 November 2017 – The Western Union Company, a leader in global payments services, announced today that it is a key sponsor at the Department of International Trade’s GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong in 2018.

The event in March aims to build new and long-lasting partnerships between UK and Asian businesses, using the theme of innovation to inspire discussion. Focused around four pillars of “Work. Play. Live. Learn.”, the festival will bring together leading innovators in areas such as finance, technology education and infrastructure.

As part of the sponsorship, Western Union will work in partnership with DIT to create and distribute content as part of a major communications campaign around the festival. Western Union executives will participate in thought-leadership debates and panels during the festival and play an integral role in facilitating connections between UK and Asian businesses.

Western Union made the announcement at the official launch event for the festival in Hong Kong on 20 November, and underlined its commitment to supporting initiatives that enable businesses and individuals to grow and prosper across borders.

“The economic landscape in Hong Kong and Asia presents significant opportunities” said Svend Janssen, Asia Regional Manager, Western Union. “And we are proud to support the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong. Our goal is to help businesses grow and seize cross-border opportunities; we want to partner with businesses of all sizes to help them overcome the barriers to international trade.”

The GREAT Festival of Innovation will be held in Hong Kong on 21-24 March 2018.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of September 30, 2017, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 550,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 150,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to billions of accounts. In 2016, The Western Union Company completed 268 million consumer-to consumer transactions worldwide, moving $80 billion of principal between consumers, and 523 million business payments. For more information, visit

Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive international payments and manage global cash flow, creating unique solutions tailored to suit their individual needs. It is a business unit of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leading nonbank provider of cross border payments. Clients are supported by a network of trading offices, strategic banking relationships and a global clearing network and can send cross-border foreign exchange payments in more than 130 currencies.

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