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Alipay in Europe is Changing the Chinese Tourist Experience

For boutique Portuguese chocolatier Arcádia tradition is everything. The family run business has been handcrafting iconic línguas de gato – literally cat tongues –using the same techniques for nearly 90 years, but when it comes to payment Arcádia has adopted an altogether modern approach. The flagship outlet in downtown Porto became the first shop in Portugal to accept Alipay, the Chinese mobile payment platform with approximately 900 million users. As Francisco Bastos, Arcádia’s administrator, puts it “we want to be at the forefront and keep up with the changing habits…

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Helsinki Launches App for Travelers on WeChat Developed by Tencent and Whim

Chinese travelling to Helsinki will now be able to use WeChat mobile service to review local recommendations about the best restaurants, shopping, events and sights in and around the capital of Finland. They can also plan their commute from their hotel to the attraction of their choice, and pay for transportation, purchase travel tickets – all within one mobile service.  “By collaborating with Tencent and the world’s leading MaaS provider Whim, we have been able to develop an innovative user-based service where visitors can gain easy access to the best locally recommended experiences our…

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Travel app targets millennials in China with features for young solo tourists, particularly women

Travel à la Carte stores everything needed for a trip in one central place and includes a multi-functional digital wallet and an AI-powered assistant Created by two Czech sisters and their friend, the app is targeting Chinese travellers first, with adventure trips to Laos and Vietnam proving popular Ivana Hronova and her sister Olga Grillova’s first trip to Cuba started off as a nightmare. Their flight landed in the evening, the local system did not recognise their credit card and they found themselves wandering around Havana for hours looking for…

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Alipay grows overseas with China outbound tourism

As Chinese consumers increasingly vacation overseas, their beloved mobile-payment apps are following them, says a report released jointly by U.S. research firm Nielsen and Alipay. That’s making it easier for travelers to make purchases and conduct other business while abroad. But the ability of mobile-payments apps to ride the China outbound tourism trend doesn’t benefit only consumers, according to the report, which was released Monday. More than half of the businesses surveyed saw an increase in both the foot traffic in their stores and the size of transactions made by Chinese travelers…

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Infographic: The new engine driving Chinese outbound travel

Alipay, in collaboration with US polling company Nielsen, has discovered that Chinese tourists from second-tier cities have become the new engine driving the Chinese outbound tourism market, as part of their study dubbed, ‘Perspective merchant and consumers: from 2018 trends of Chinese mobile payment in outbound tourism’. After surveying more than 2,800 Chinese travellers and over 1,200 overseas hospitality and retail organisations, the mobile payment firm revealed that 38% of tourists from these second-tier cities travelled to Europe in 2018, surpassing the proportion of respondents from first-tier cities for the…

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A digital roadmap to selling to Chinese tourists

149 million Chinese tourists traveled internationally in 2018. Those affluent shoppers represent a large sales opportunity for retailers, travel services and tourist destinations that know how to leverage the mobile apps that are embedded in everyday life in China. In 2018, the number of tourists from China traveling internationally was 149 million. This impressive figure exceeds the current population of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France, Japan, and many other countries—and every year, the number of Chinese citizens traveling abroad for the purpose of tourism is growing by almost 10%. Chinese…

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Traveling becomes a regular part of life for Chinese

Recently released statistics showed that traveling is increasingly becoming a regular part of life for millions of Chinese. A second Chinese time-use survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the average daily leisure time in the country was one hour and five minutes last year, an increase of 25 minutes compared with 2008, when the survey was first conducted. Traveling is now favored by a growing number of Chinese people as an important leisure activity. China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during this year’s three-day Qingming…

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China’s outbound tourism boom and AI are powerful drivers of travel technology and tailored trips

Companies are digging deep into data related to the interests, habits and preferences of travellers to make future trips more personalised In the span of a week during Lunar New Year festival earlier this year, around 400 million Chinese went on trips primarily to unite with family members, and about 7 million of them travelled abroad, a rise of almost 10 per cent over 2018. The China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), an independent Beijing-based research and tourism advocacy organisation, reports that the number of outbound trips made by Chinese…

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ALIPAY GROWS OVERSEAS WITH CHINA OUTBOUND TOURISM

As Chinese consumers increasingly vacation overseas, their beloved mobile-payment apps are following them, says a report released jointly by U.S. research firm Nielsen and Alipay. That’s making it easier for travelers to make purchases and conduct other business while abroad. But the ability of mobile-payments apps to ride the China outbound tourism trend doesn’t benefit only consumers, according to the report, which was released Monday. More than half of the businesses surveyed saw an increase in both the foot traffic in their stores and the size of transactions made by Chinese travelers after they…

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Chinese Tourists Are Going International—and Their Travel Habits Are Evolving

Chinese tourists are no longer going overseas primarily to shop. As the Chinese middle classes grow in size and wealth, Chinese residents are increasingly becoming international tourists—and the reasons they travel overseas are evolving. According to a recent survey of 2,000 Chinese travelers by Oliver Wyman, Chinese tourists made 140 million outbound trips in 2018—a 13.5 percent increase over 2017. Chinese tourists are getting bolder, both about where they go and what they experience at their destination—and these changes are affecting where and what these travelers spend their money on. According to The…

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