Chinese tourists can now use Alipay at 10,000 merchants across South Africa
HANGZHOU, China and CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starting today, Chinese tourists in South Africa will have more opportunities to pay via smartphone as Alipay, the world's largest online and mobile payment platform, operated by Ant Financial Services Group ("Ant Financial", "Ant"), partners with Zapper, the fast-growing mobile payment, customer insights and digital marketing platform developed in South Africa.
This partnership will allow them 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 Alipay's in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their orders in RMB via Alipay by scanning a Zapper QR code.
"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," said Rita Liu, Head of Alipay EMEA.
"This cross-continental alliance is in line with a series of expansions into new verticals that Zapper has undertaken to diversify its services and further strengthen its position as South Africa's mobile payment and loyalty rewards app of choice. These verticals include hospitality, retail, bill payment, e-commerce, donations, parking, fuel and convenience," said Will Heygate, General Manager of Zapper South Africa.
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.
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%. Tourism in South Africa has grown continuously for 7 years and comprises 9% of the country's GDP.
The South African government has recognized the tourism sector's potential to generate economic growth and employment. Through the Department of Tourism's strategic plan - National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS), the tourism sector is committed to creating a total of 225,000 additional jobs by the year 2020.
With Alipay's more than 520 million Chinese users and Zapper's rapidly burgeoning presence within the global payment landscape, each brand is now better positioned to support this local strategy and to strengthen its respective appeal to both Asian and South African customers.
Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world's largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 450 financial institution partners globally. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Over 10 million brick-and-mortar merchants now accept Alipay across China. Alipay's in-store payment service is covering more than 30 countries across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 24 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese travelling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 19 currencies.
Zapper is a South African mobile payment and loyalty rewards application that allows users to make fast, easy and secure payments in a matter of seconds with their smartphone.
Through the power of QR code technology Zapper provides seamless all-in-one mobile payments, vouchering and loyalty services to a variety of businesses and brands from across the retail, hospitality, retail, bills, fuel and convenience and ecommerce sectors.
The Zapper application has been downloaded more than one million times since entering the marketplace. With more than 300 employees supporting its expansion, Zapper's reach extends beyond South African borders, including the UK, USA and Europe; allowing for successful transacting across all major currencies.
By using Zapper, businesses have access to empirically-rich data to better understand customer habits and encourage brand loyalty through targeted digital strategies that increase revenue and market share.
Media Enquiries Xinyun Yang International Communications Ant Financial Services Group Tel: +86 1381 6896 301 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Fowlds Marketing Manager Zapper South Africa Tel: +27 87 150 9277 Email: email@example.com
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Alipay (UK) Limited via Globenewswire
Om Nasdaq GlobeNewswire
One Liberty Plaza - 165 Broadway
NY 10006 New York
+1 212 401 8700http://www.nasdaqomx.com
NASDAQ (NASDAQ: NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents.
Følg saker fra Nasdaq GlobeNewswire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Nasdaq GlobeNewswire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Nasdaq GlobeNewswire
Fentress Architects: The Future of Airports as Civic Spaces21.5.2018 22:27 | Pressemelding
The European Cultural Centre and Global Art Affairs Foundation invited Fentress Architects and North Carolina State University College of Design to participate in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale May 26-November 25, 2018, at the historic Palazzo Bembo. Denver, Colo. - May 21, 2018, May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Architecture students from North Carolina State University College of Design will join Fentress at the Palazzo Bembo to present their designs for airports of the future. Fentress has been guiding students in preparation for the exhibition, which allows 11 students to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Italy for the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Their designs will be featured in the "Time Space Existence" exhibit, offering the public a glimpse at the future of airport design. The students are participating in an Airport Design course with Principal in Charge of Design Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architectur
Oxford Immunotec's T-SPOT®.TB Test Included in the World Health Organization's First-Ever Essential Diagnostics List21.5.2018 22:15 | Pressemelding
OXFORD, United Kingdom and MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (Nasdaq:OXFD), a global, high-growth diagnostics company, today announced that the Company's T-SPOT.TB test for tuberculosis (TB) infection has been included in the World Health Organization (WHO) Model List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics (EDL) - First Edition. The EDL includes the 113 most important tests recommended by WHO for use at various levels of the health care system. These essential diagnostics satisfy the priority health care needs of the population and were selected with due regard to disease prevalence and public health relevance, evidence of efficacy and accuracy, and comparative cost-effectiveness. 58 of the tests listed are for the detection and diagnosis of a wide range of common conditions, providing an essential package that can form the basis for screening and management of patients. The remaining 55 tests are designed for the detection, diagnosis, and moni
Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health Joining Forces to Create World's Largest Digital Employee Wellbeing and Engagement Company21.5.2018 17:00 | Pressemelding
Merger Will Create First and Only One-Stop-Shop for Employee Health, Wellbeing and Benefits Engagement; Combined Company Will Have More Than 3,300 Customers Across 190 Countries PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Providence-based Virgin Pulse and Minneapolis-based RedBrick Health announced today that the industry pioneers will merge, creating the world's largest, most comprehensive digital health and engagement company. This powerful combination will deliver the industry's only fully integrated digital platform, with benefits navigation and live coaching to support global clients and members across the entire health, wellbeing and benefits lifecycle - from screening and assessment to activation, behavior change and the adoption of sustainable, healthy habits. "We are thrilled to join with RedBrick to set a new vision and standard for employee health, wellbeing and engagement," said David Osborne, Virgin Pulse CEO, who will serve as CEO of the combined company. "Bringing
Hotels.com App Wins 2018 MediaPost Appy Award in Travel & Tourism Category21.5.2018 16:00 | Pressemelding
Developed by EPAM, app is recognized for creativity and excellence in app design NEWTOWN, Pa., May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hotels.com® and EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM) announced their triumphant win at the 2018 MediaPost Appy Awards in the Travel and Tourism category this week. The Hotels.com mobile app, developed in collaboration with EPAM Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services, has been crowned the best app developed for airlines, hotels, travel search engines, destinations, cruises, travel advice or car rentals. With over 70 million downloads and a 4.5+ star rating from consumers on both iOS and Android app stores, the Hotels.com app has now been recognized by the industry leading Appy Awards, which honor creativity and excellence in app design. The app provides a simple, fast and secure way for users to plan, book and manage hotel reservations, and allows travelers to book hundreds of thousands of places to
Claroty Launches Channel Program and Announces New Industrial Cybersecurity Partnerships21.5.2018 15:00 | Pressemelding
Claroty Vision Program Expands Global Reach and Joint Solution Delivery with OT Leaders, Including Dimension Data/NTT Security, Optiv, and Kudelski Security NEW YORK, May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Claroty, the leader in operational technology (OT) network security, today unveiled Claroty Vision, a new global channel partner program for integrated solution partners, managed service providers (MSPs), and resellers. The program is tailored to provide partners with the tools and resources they need to accelerate revenue in the fast-growing industrial cybersecurity market. The company also announced several new partnerships under the Claroty Vision banner, including the addition of Optiv and Kudelski Security. Comprised of four participation levels - Elite, Premier, Authorized, and Referral - the Claroty Vision program provides partners with a broad range of tools, benefits, and incentives such as increased margin, deal registration, an online demo environment, and co-marketing activitie
Wabtec and GE Transportation to Merge, Creating Global Leader for Rail Equipment, Services and Software21.5.2018 13:00 | Pressemelding
Strategic Combination Will Drive Shareholder Value Creation by Accelerating Innovation in Transportation and Logistics Following the transaction, Wabtec will have approximately $8 billion in revenues, a more diversified business mix, higher margins, and approximately 15 percent cash EPS accretion in year one. Both businesses are expected to benefit from the cyclical tailwinds they are experiencing as industry conditions improve. Complementary businesses and large global installed base will create additional opportunities for cross-selling, aftermarket services growth and new solutions in a rapidly evolving industry. GE Transportation is positioned for a substantial rebound, with estimated adjusted EBITDA growing from about $750 million in 2018 to between $900 million and $1 billion in 2019. Substantial annual run-rate synergies of $250 million and a net present value of approximately $1.1 billion of net tax benefit will accrue to the combined company. The transaction is valued at appro
I vårt presserom finner du alle våre siste saker, kontaktpersoner, bilder, dokumenter og annen relevant informasjon om oss.Besøk vårt presserom