Chinese online payment platform Alipay has collaborated with Zapper, a mobile payments platform, to allow Chinese tourists visiting the UK to pay using the Alipay app in more than 1,000 locations across the country.
The partnership will enable over 450 million Alipay users to pay for goods through Alipay app across affiliated Zapper businesses in the UK, Europe and North America.
Alipay app consumers will be able to use mobile-based QR code technology in the country. Nearly 85% of mobile payments in China are made using QR technology.
Alipay head of EMEA Rita Liu said: “With Zapper as a partner, Alipay can further enhance our user experience as they can conveniently shop outside of China and pay with Alipay.
"Meanwhile merchants, in addition to the Alipay payment solution, can better connect and understand hundreds of thousands Chinese tourists travelling in the UK.”
Zapper CEO of UK and Ireland Gerry Hooper said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us, pioneering the way by combining our synonymous QR code payment technology.
“A huge development enabling Chinese tourists to seamlessly continue using the highly popular Alipay app when travelling to the UK and our partnered Zapper venues to appeal more favorably to travelling Alipay users and stand out from the competition.”