McDonald’s Thailand to accept Alipay

McDonald’s Thailand restaurants will start accepting payments via Alipay from next month as the Alibaba-affiliated payment system expands across Southeast Asia.

It will mark the first market outside Mainland China where Alipay will be accepted in McDonald’s restaurants. The system is also progressively being accepted in taxis in Bangkok with “hundreds” already signed up, according to Ant Financial.  

Cherry Huang, GM, cross-border business for South and Southeast Asia with Alipay, said Thailand ranks fourth on the list of the 10 most popular overseas tourist destinations for Mainland Chinese.

“To better facilitate the travel experience of Chinese visitors, our mission is to enable their smart lifestyle through our continuous efforts in expanding the merchant network and providing more value-added services. McDonald’s as one of the most popular fast food brands is an exciting addition to our merchant network in Thailand to bring greater convenience to Chinese visitors.”

Alipay has already established a network of merchants in Thailand across shopping, F&B, entertainment, hotel and attractions, including duty-free brand King Power, convenience store 7-Eleven, shopping malls and night markets such as Asiatique and JJ Green.

“Alipay has seen one of the highest penetration rates in Thailand. The average on-location spending of Chinese visitors in Thailand has surpassed US$2000 per person per trip, which reflects a great business opportunity for local merchants,” said Huang.

“Duty-free shops and convenience stores are the top two locations where Chinese visitors spend.

Increasingly, we have also seen taxis becoming the transportation of choice in Thailand among Chinese visitors.”

Four new markets

Meanwhile, Alipay is now accepted in four new Southeast Asia markets – Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and the Philippines.  

In Cambodia, Alipay is now accepted in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville across shopping, F&B, entertainment and hospitality sectors. Connected merchants include Sajibumi, which operates the food and beverage concessions at Siem Reap International Airport and Phnom Penh International Airport, Sokimex petrol kiosks and Legend cinemas. It will soon be rolled out in duty-free stores managed by Dufry at Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport and NagaWorld resort.

In Myanmar, Alipay is now accepted in popular shopping, F&B and tourist attractions in Yangon, including Sule Shangri-La Yangon, Rangoon Tea House and Yangon Yangon Bar.

In Laos, Alipay can now be used in department stores in the Vientiane Shopping Center as well as convenience stores and F&B locations along the Mekong River in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. It also accepted in Jiffy Mart and Sokxay Mart convenience stores and at the fast food chain, EFG Group.

Chinese shoppers at Haven Duty Free at Vientiane International Airport and at Don Chan Palace Hotel can also pay with Alipay.

And in the Philippines, Resorts World Manila started accepting Alipay last month, with terminals in Maxims Hotel, Newport Cinemas and Snack Bar, the VIP Concierge, the Gaming Redemption outlet and at the resort’s 12 signature restaurants.

The other countries in the region where Alipay is accepted are Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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