In a whirlwind of festive excitement and digital innovation, Douglas L Feagin, the esteemed president of Alipay+, dropped some tantalizing numbers that are sure to make the Thai economy’s heart beat faster. Picture this: a staggering 28.4 billion baht infusion into Thailand’s coffers, all thanks to travelers during the upcoming 2024 lunar Chinese New Year, which, mark your calendars, falls on the delightful day of February 10th.
Feagin couldn’t hide his enthusiasm as he shared that in anticipation of the holiday, starting February 10, China’s outbound travel bookings have skyrocketed, scaling heights more than tenfold compared to last year. It’s a travel frenzy out there, with travelers setting their sights on locales offering a warm welcome without the bureaucratic tango of visa applications. Countries waving from the top of the travel wishlist include the dazzling triad of Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, not forgetting the ever-charismatic duo of Japan and South Korea.
Alipay+, under the banner of Ant International – a beacon of Alibaba Group Holding’s fintech prowess – is taking this travel tidal wave in stride. As a guiding star in the digital cosmos, it’s illuminating paths in cross-border commerce both online and offline. Feagin’s vision for 2024 is nothing short of a digital odyssey, promising Alipay+ as your trusty companion in unlocking treasures of digital innovation.
“Imagine a world where the Chinese New Year isn’t just a time for celebration but a launchpad for groundbreaking partnerships, exhilarating campaigns, and innovation that knows no borders. We’re not just talking about simplifying travel; we’re redefining it, stitching together a tapestry of authentic experiences, fostering business growth from the titans of industry to the corner stores,” Feagin elaborated with palpable excitement.
Spanning 57 markets, Alipay+ is a digital juggernaut, seamlessly connecting over 88 million merchants worldwide to a staggering 1.5 billion accounts across more than 25 leading e-wallets and payment applications. With Alipay+, the globe shrinks, allowing international travelers to navigate payments with the familiarity of their home payment apps, ensuring a journey marked by ease and fortified security.
By January 2024, the family of Alipay+ partners boasts impressive names like Alipay (China), AlipayHK (Hong Kong), GCash (Philippines), TrueMoney (Thailand), Touch ‘n Go eWallet (Malaysia), and OCBC Digital (Singapore). These alliances paint a vivid picture of a world interconnected through commerce and cultural exchange.
In Thailand, the Alipay+ network is a veritable empire, boasting alliances with over 100,000 partner stores. From the high-end allure of King Power and Jim Thompson to the shopping haven that includes Central, Robinson, Siam Paragon, and EmQuartier, Alipay+ is rewriting the script on retail. And let’s not forget its recent expansion into the everyday convenience of 7-Eleven stores, McDonald’s, and Big C supermarkets, ensuring that wherever your adventures may lead, a seamless shopping experience awaits.
Wrapping up, Feagin shared a vision that transcends digital transactions, aiming to anchor international travel as the linchpin of prosperity, not just for Asia but on a global scale. “With Alipay+ at the helm, we’re not just navigating the future; we’re creating it, weaving together communities through the rich tapestry of cross-border travel and commerce.”