Amadeus has embarked on a strategic collaboration with Alipay, a leading online payment service provider in China. The newly announced collaboration will see Aliplay integrated into the Amadeus Payment Platform (APP) which will make it easier for Amadeus’ travel providers to serve Chinese travellers by offering them the option to pay with Alipay’s online payment system.
Celia Pereiro, head of Amadeus Travel Payments, commented: “With this collaboration we add a key payment provider to our platform to satisfy our customers’ payment needs. Our travel-payment expertise, combined with Alipay’s market penetration and the ease of using Alipay’s products, will provide our customers with the right solution to meet Chinese payment demands.”
In 2012, China set a record as the world’s top-spending tourism market with a total expenditure of $102 billion. In 2013, 100 million Chinese tourists made outbound trips, and industry experts estimate this figure to reach 200 million by 2020. Chinese tourism spending is expected to triple in the same period. China is also set to become the world’s biggest domestic travel market by 2017.
Go to http://www.amadeus.com and http://global.alipay.com for more.