Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between Monaco and Alipay
Today, the Monegasque Government and Alipay, the world's leading online and mobile payment platform, which is operated by the Ant Financial Services Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable Chinese customers to pay without cash, just as easily as in their own country, as traders in the Principality will accept payments via Alipay.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Thermes Marins by H.E. Mr. Serge Telle, Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President of International Development at Ant Financial Services Group and Tony Duan, Vice President of Fliggy Tavel (the new name for Alitrip).
At this event, the Minister of State stated that "Mobile payments are the future, and China is at the forefront of innovation in this field. We are delighted to be able to offer these contactless payment methods to Chinese tourists who are visiting our Principality and we hope to reap the benefits of this partnership. "
The Chinese market is expanding rapidly, even though the 2016 figures were significantly lower than in 2015, due to the terrorist attack in Nice. This market is still a priority for the Principality. Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority regularly undertakes promotional activities in China to present Monaco as a destination.
Alipay, which is operated by Ant Financial Services Group, was launched in 2004. It now has more than 450 million active users and more than 400 partner financial institutions. In addition to online payments, Alipay is being launched on the in-store payment market, both in China and abroad. More than 8 million outlets in China accept Alipay, and more than 120,000 throughout the world.
In Monaco, several hotels, restaurants, luxury boutiques and souvenir shops have already joined the Alipay platform. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding should facilitate the growth of the number of businesses that accept this type of payment.