The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has revealed that Indian tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris can now conveniently book their visits using India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
This initiative, launched by NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL) in collaboration with Lyra, a prominent French company specializing in e-commerce and proximity payments, allows Indian travelers to purchase Eiffel Tower tickets online through UPI, streamlining the payment process.
This exciting development was announced during an event organized by the Indian Embassy in France tocommemorate India’s Republic Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended the formal introduction of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) at the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, hailing it as a significant stride toward the global adoption of UPI and the promotion of digital payments.
The occasion was graced by prominent figures such as Alain Lacour, President of the Lyra Group; Christophe Mariette, Commercial Director of Lyra France; and Patrick Branco Ruivo, CEO of Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel. PM Modi highlighted the potential for Indian tourists in France to now conduct transactions in rupees through UPI.
During a visit to India by French President EmmanuelMacron, the two leaders embraced digital payments, with Macron using UPI for a payment during their interactions.
PM Modi emphasized the transformative impact of digital platforms like UPI in India and celebrated the collaboration between India and France in this regard. This milestone marks a positive step in promoting digital payment methods and strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations.