International Card Networks Partner With Alipay To Seamless Travel Experience


In the final 30 days before the Asian Games, Visa, Mastercard, JCB, and Discover® Global Network are launching a significant campaign with Alipay, China's top digital payment and lifestyle service platform, to improve the mobile payment and travel experiences of foreign visitors.

When making purchases with their Alipay account linked to a Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Discover®, or Diners Club International® international card at Chinese mainland merchants within the vast Alipay merchant network during the Asian Games, foreign visitors can take advantage of the campaign, which will run from September 15 to October 31, 2023.

To improve its payment service for overseas travelers, Alipay has partnered with international card networks since 2022. After downloading the Alipay app, foreign visitors can register and link a Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Discover, or Diners Club credit or debit card to pay at any of the tens of millions of Alipay partner merchant locations throughout China, including eateries, cafes, tourist attractions, shopping centers, street vendors, and public transportation. The Alipay app has recently enhanced travel services for visitors from outside China.

Shirley Yu, Group General Manager at Visa Greater China, said: “Visa is glad to work with Alipay to provide in-bound international travelers with convenient and seamless mobile payment experiences, as the international tourism market continues to recover. Visa is committed to enabling the acceleration of global travel recovery, which means more tourism spending in local economies, and more international people-to-people exchanges through travel and cooperation in sports, culture and cross sectors."


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