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VISA INAUGURATES 100,000TH ATM

 VISA INAUGURATES 100,000TH ATM
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Visa U.S.A. Inc. announced


today the inauguration of its 100,000th automated teller machine (ATM), in the Berlin Tegel Airport. Achieving this milestone ensures Visa's position as offering access to the greatest number of ATMs around the world. Within the past 12 months, the global Visa ATM network grew by more than 60 percent.
 The Visa ATM at the Berlin Tegel Airport was officially inaugurated by Sergej Bubka, Olympic champion and holder of every world record in the pole vault. Bubka used his participation at the inauguration to further a good cause. In the three minutes he was given to withdraw as much cash as possible from the teller machine he managed to get almost $10,000, all in Deutsche Marks, which he donated to a German charity for children.
 "The Berlin Tegel Airport, which services approximately 20,000 travellers a day, is a good example of how important it is for Visa to be where our cardholders need us. No matter where you come from, arriving in Berlin, the Tegel Airport ATM provides instant access to cash in German currency," commented Robert Heller, president and CEO of Visa U.S.A. Inc.
 "With 49,000 machines in the United States and in Canada and more than 45,000 machines in Europe linked to the Visa System, Visa cardholders have access to approximately half of the installed base of ATMs on these continents," Heller continued. "No other payment card comes close to this level of convenient access to cash in local currency, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
 By reaching this milestone, 100,000 ATMs are linked to Visa in over 46 countries which includes ten nations in the Asia-Pacific region, 22 in Europe, 12 in Latin America, all of the Canadian provinces and all states in the United States.
 Visa with more than 9 million acceptance locations, has issued 139 million cards in the United States. With 269 million cards issued worldwide, Visa is the world's largest consumer card payment program.
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