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Oct. 23, 2018, 01:30 AM
ASCHHEIM, Germany, October 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
– Chinese tourists can pay with Alipay for access toTAV “primeclass” lounges, the world’s leading common airport lounge brand
– TAV Operation Servicesoperates 57 lounges in 30 airports in 19 countries worldwide
Wirecard, the global innovation leader in digital financial technology, today announced it has extended its successful partnership with Alipay to support TAV Airports subsidiary TAV Operation Services Co. Present in 18 airports in three continents, TAV Airports is one of the market leaders in airport operations, having provided services to 836,000 flights and 115 million passengers in 2017.
Alipay, one of the most popular payment methods in China, will be offered as a payment method in “primeclass” lounges operated by TAV Operation Services in Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Zurich airports initially. TAV Operation Services operates 57 lounges in 30 airports in 19 countries worldwide. After the initial launch, TAV will expand the service offering via Wirecard’s platform and also make it available more widely including in airports in the United States and Middle East.
In addition, Wirecard will support TAV Operation Services in marketing activities with Alipay, such as hosting in-app coupons and discounts, offering even greater value to Chinese travelers. Within the framework of this collaboration, Wirecard will provide acceptance and assume responsibility for transaction processing through its ePOS App. Using this easy-to-install solution, retailers can quickly access popular international payment options and value-added services.
A 2017 study by Nielsen and Alipay found that a single Chinese tourist in Europe will spend on average EUR 3,250 during their trip. The same study found that 91% of Chinese tourists would be more willing to spend and shop abroad if more merchants accepted Chinese mobile payment brands. By paying with Alipay, travelers no longer need to worry about exchanging currency or whether their Chinese credit card is accepted by local merchants.
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