Having introduced the significant enhancement of the availability of both Alipay and China Union Pay – two of the largest payment vendors in China – Chinese visitors can now go cashless at Budapest Airport as Heinemann Duty Free rolls out a further new shopping platform at the Hungarian gateway. Courtesy of the Chinese mobile system, WeChat Pay, tourists from China now have the same seamless payment method experience in Budapest that they have at home.

“Each of these platforms are part of an everyday lifestyle in China – among the most popular Apps with unique communities, making every connection possible between consumer and vendor,” explains Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport.

“Working with Heinemann Duty Free and other partners to introduce what are rapidly becoming principal payment methods for businesses wanting to reach Chinese shoppers, especially abroad, will enable us to connect with our customers on numerous levels,” adds Jandu.

With 700 million users, WeChat Pay supports more than 13 currencies across 40 countries. As Europe becomes the platform’s key market this year, Budapest is among one of the first airports in the region to introduce the system.

WeChat Pay offers European merchants smart solutions to process payments and enable customer service activities for the growing number of Chinese tourists each year.

As Memories of Hungary, Living Toys, Budapest&Music have already launched and Swarovski will have launched Alipay during Q4 the ability to utilise China’s major merchant suppliers has proven prolific among retailers at the Hungarian capital city airport.


Source: bud.hu – Press release

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