Empowering Olympic Dreams: Visa’s Innovative Partnerships

The upcoming Paris Olympics represents a historic moment for Kenyan athletes, showcasing their remarkable achievements and potential. Among these athletes stands Ferdinard Omanyala, a sprinter with unprecedented prospects in the 100 meters—a testament to Kenya’s growing prowess in global athletics.

Leading the charge in supporting Kenyan athletes and fans alike is Visa, a global leader in payment technology. Visa has embarked on a series of groundbreaking partnerships designed to enrich the Olympic experience for all involved.

Visa and Safaricom: Paving the Way to Paris

Visa has partnered with Safaricom, Kenya’s leading telecommunications provider, in an alliance aimed at delivering an unforgettable Olympic journey. As the official technology and payments partner for the Kenyan Olympic team, Safaricom invites M-PESA GlobalPay Virtual Visa Card users to participate in a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Paris Olympics. This exclusive opportunity covers flights, accommodations, meals, event tickets, and more, ensuring winners immerse themselves in the excitement of the Games firsthand.

Participation is simple—make a transaction of KES 1,500 or more using your M-PESA GlobalPay Virtual Visa Card through the M-PESA App. This initiative not only promotes digital payments but also celebrates Kenya’s sporting excellence on a global stage. Chad Pollock, Visa East Africa’s Vice President and General Manager, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, emphasizing its blend of innovation and customer-centricity in enhancing everyday transactions for users.

Mr. Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom, shared his excitement about fostering national pride through sports, stating, “We are honored to support Team Kenya’s journey to success.”

NCBA Visa Cardholders: A Gateway to the Paris Olympics

Meanwhile, NCBA and Visa have united to offer NCBA Visa cardholders a remarkable opportunity through their “spend and win” campaign. Three fortunate winners will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The grand prize package includes accommodation, Olympic event tickets, transportation within Paris, a Paris activity pass, a Visa prepaid card loaded with 50 Euros, and exclusive Paris 2024 memorabilia. To qualify, cardholders need only use their NCBA Visa card for transactions of at least Ksh 3,000, locally or internationally.

Tirus Mwithiga, Group Director of Retail Banking at NCBA, highlighted the partnership’s focus on customer satisfaction and the promotion of unique experiences. He emphasized, “This collaboration underscores our commitment to enhancing our customers’ lifestyles while supporting our sporting champions.”

Eva-Ngigi Sarwari, Country Manager of Visa Kenya, reiterated Visa’s dedication to creating extraordinary customer experiences, stating, “We are thrilled to provide Kenyan NCBA Visa cardholders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience The Olympics Games.”

Global Reach with Qatar Airways: Enhancing Olympic Travel

Visa’s global influence extends further through an enticing partnership with Qatar Airways, renowned for its exceptional service. Visa cardholders in East Africa can enjoy up to 12% off on Qatar Airways flights booked online and paid for with their Visa card. This exclusive promotion, valid until November 2024, makes Olympic travel more accessible and affordable than ever before, whether flying to Tokyo or preparing for Paris.

Hendrik du Preez, Vice President – Africa at Qatar Airways, expressed excitement about the collaboration, affirming, “This partnership allows us to reward our loyal customers with exceptional offers.”

Unbeatable Accommodation Deals: Visa’s Exclusive Offers

Visa understands the importance of comfortable accommodations during the Olympics. Partnering with Booking.com, Visa cardholders can receive an incredible 80% discount on accommodation bookings using the promo code VISABKNG. Additionally, Jumeirah Hotels extend a generous 20% discount on direct bookings through their website when paying with a Visa card. These offers cater to every traveler’s needs, ensuring comfort and luxury throughout their Olympic adventure.


In conclusion, Visa’s strategic alliances and exclusive offers are poised to redefine the Olympic experience for cardholders across East Africa. From the thrill of cheering on athletes like Ferdinard Omanyala to enjoying significant savings on flights and accommodations, Visa continues to set new standards in travel convenience and rewards. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a traveler exploring host cities, Visa guarantees every moment of your Olympic journey is memorable and rewarding. Embrace the spirit of the Games with Visa and embark on an extraordinary adventure unlike any other.

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