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Wednesday 12 December 2018


Alipay now available in South Africa

Written by Chris Lemmon

Chinese tourists in South Africa will now be able to pay for goods via their Alipay mobile app, following a partnership with mobile payment and customer insight firm Zapper.

This partnership will allow Chinese visitors to use their Alipay app to settle payment at 10,000 Zapper-affiliated merchant locations across the country. Chinese tourists will also be able to search for restaurants, bars, theatres, book shops, adventure parks and more through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their orders in RMB via Alipay by scanning a Zapper QR code.

According to statistics from the South African Department of Tourism, over 110,000 Chinese tourists visited South Africa in fiscal 2016, with a year-on-year growth rate of 38 per cent. Tourism in South Africa has grown continuously for seven years and comprises nine per cent of the country's GDP.

Rita Liu, head of Alipay EMEA, said: “South Africa is a must-experience country for Chinese tourists visiting Africa. We are excited to partner with Zapper, the largest mobile payment provider in South Africa, to offer Chinese tourists a safe and convenient payment solution and seamless travel experience.”

This development arrives on the heels of the online payment service for "hop-on-hop-off" bus ticketing in Cape Town and Johannesburg that Alipay launched in June this year.

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