With the development of the country and the promotion of culture, more and more foreign friends are traveling to China. According to data from 2018, foreign tourists came to China to reach 30.54 million. According to Ant Financial, these tourists can generate $ 73.1 billion in sales in accommodation, dining and shopping. In the just past Expo, it was the world s first large-scale national exhibition with the theme of imports, attracting companies from 58 countries to participate. It is believed that no matter from the level of tourism to business cooperation and trade, more foreign friends will be welcomed.
With the popularity of mobile payment, the convenience of scan code payment and face brush payment commonly used in China does not seem to have a profound experience for foreign people. According to statistics, as of the beginning of this year, a total of 570 million people across the country have used mobile payment. In addition to the daily food and beverage retail scene, mobile mobile payment can even be applied to public transportation, tourist hotels, financial management and medical services. Because mobile code scanning is so popular in China, foreign tourists come to China to find it even more difficult to spend. A survey shows that nearly 20% of foreign netizens biggest trouble when traveling to China is that they cannot use mobile scan codes to pay like Chinese users.
On November 5, Alipay and Tencent simultaneously announced the opening of the payment function to overseas tourists, which means that foreign tourists can more easily use mobile payment functions such as code scanning within China. In the past, to open the payment function of Alipay and WeChat Pay, it was necessary to register and use the bank account and local mobile phone number in China. In the future, overseas tourists can directly use foreign mobile phone numbers and bank cards for registration and binding.
Alipay s solution is to use the prepaid recharge mini-program TourPass . Users can use overseas bank cards to pre-charge at the Shanghai Bank of China. The unused remaining amount can be returned to the overseas bank card in the same way after a single validity period of 90 days.
Foreign friends use QR code to pay in China, making life more convenient
The Tencent WeChat payment solution is to cooperate with five major international card organizations such as Visa and Mastercard, which can support these credit cards to bind WeChat payment, and can support users to spend on platforms and merchants such as Didi Chuxing, Jingdong, 12306, etc. Consuming merchants must have a foreign card acquiring function to support transactions.
As the Beijing Winter Olympics draws near, Alipay and WeChat Pay will greatly provide more convenient payment methods for foreign athletes and foreign guests, especially in taxi and hotel bookings.
In recent years, Alipay and WeChat Pay are committed to promoting mobile code scanning payment methods globally. Alipay alone, as of June 2019, Alipay has more than 1.2 billion users worldwide. Users cover 54 countries and regions. Now, the two mobile payment giants , Alipay and WeChat Pay, are also preparing to solve the pain points of overseas tourists using mobile scan codes to cultivate the mobile payment habits of overseas tourists in China, which not only enhances the convenience and attractiveness of tourism consumption in China Strength can also achieve a win-win situation for users and businesses.