Discover Waitomo launches smartphone pay services

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Discover Waitomo has become the first New Zealand tourism operator to launch Alipay and WeChat Pay payment services at the iconic Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Alipay and WeChat Pay technologies allow international visitors to purchase using an easy and efficient mobile wallet functionality rather than credit card or cash. Visitors simply scan the QR code at point of sale with their smartphone, the payment will then securely and immediately be completed.

Both Alipay and WeChat Pay platforms were successfully installed at Waitomo Glowworm Caves recently.
Mobile payment methods are forecast to dominate over the traditional wallet in the coming years, as consumers continue to look for quick, convenient and secure ways to streamline their lives. China is set to have 195 million people using their phones as a wallet by the end of the year, according to eMarketer.

John Robson, general manager of Discover Waitomo says: “The launch of Alipay and WeChat Pay services at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is part of our ongoing commitment to the overall customer experience and seamless delivery. From the on-hand customer service available, to food and beverages served at the Waitomo Homestead and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, the needs of our diverse customer base are paramount to us.”

Both technologies are making waves around the globe. WeChat Pay is the payment service for WeChat, the one-stop-shop social networking app used by more than 800 million Chinese nationals to play games, make videos, calls or order food. Since its launch in 2013, WePay Chat is now actively used to process more than 500 million payment transactions per day in 20 countries.

Alipay, the service controlled by Alibaba, has been named the world’s largest mobile payment company and has more than 450 million daily users. Users can use both service to pay for restaurants, travel, entertainment, utilities and can also transfer money to other users automatically in a function.

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