Ant Group brings Alipay+ to tourists in Philippines with 3 new Mobile Wallets
By Gloria Mathias
Ant Group, the operator of Alipay+, the global cross-border digital payments and marketing solution, has announced the acceptance of 4 mobile wallets in the Philippines. These include AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR), Kakao Pay (South Korea), Touch ‘n Go eWallet (Malaysia) and Alipay (Chinese mainland).
This enables travellers from these regions to enjoy a cashless experience, using just their home mobile wallets to make payments, improving the travel experience as digital payment options like mobile wallets become the norm for day-to-day transactions.
The acceptance of three new mobile wallets, via Alipay+, comes as travellers return to the Philippines.
Alipay+ is currently accepted by merchants in Manila and Cebu. To cater to the new expectations of digital-first travellers, the airport has integrated Alipay+ across 90% of its merchants, ensuring that tourists can enjoy a digitally enhanced cashless experience from the moment they arrive in Cebu.
Athanasios Titonis, Aboitiz InfraCapital Chief Executive Officer assigned to MCIA, said: “At MCIA, we have always placed utmost importance on providing convenience and ease of travel through seamless processes and world-class services and amenities. The integration of Alipay+ gives our passengers that exceptional convenience and more payment options when they travel through MCIA.”
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is the second-largest airport in the Philippines. With its strategic location and world-class facilities, MCIA aims to establish itself as the main tourism gateway of the country with exceptional travel experience.
Dr. Cherry Huang, General Manager of Alipay+ Offline Merchant Services at Ant Group, said, “The Philippines and its many islands, such as Cebu, have long been a favourite destination for Asian travellers and we look forward to working with our local partners to enhance their travel experience. Our focus now is to work with more partners to onboard more merchants with Alipay+ across the Philippines, particularly local small businesses, and promote digital travel and travel recovery.”
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