NAB launching Alipay in Australia, catering to Chinese tourists

National Australia Bank is rolling out Chinese QR code payment method Alipay across the country, offering it to all Australian business customers from 2019.

Enterprises with a NAB merchant terminal will be able to offer Chinese travellers Alipay in-store, along with access to promoting their businesses on Alipay’s marketing platform, which now holds 870 million active users.

Shane Conway, executive general manager of deposit and transaction services at NAB said that more than 1 million Chinese tourists visit Australia each year, spending more than $11 billion.

“By making China’s number one payment method available to NAB business customers, we’re enabling greater customer service and providing our business customers with access to this large tourism sector,” Conway said.

George Lawson, country manager of Australia and New Zealand at Alipay said he is delighted to partner with NAB to help their business customers across the country connect to the expanding number of Chinese tourists.

“China is now Australia’s largest tourism market accounting for 81% of the growth in tourism spend in Australia in the last 12 months. Enabling seamless payments with Alipay represents a significant commercial opportunity for Australian businesses,” said Lawson.

He said the deal provides tens of thousands of merchants the ability to switch-on Alipay seamlessly and reduce friction at the point of sale for Chinese visitors, residents and students.