Alipay Australia spend by Chinese tourists more than doubles

Chinese online payment platform Alipay has released statistics for the Lunar New Year period showing how much Chinese tourists to Australia and New Zealand spent during the period.

The statistics showed that overall, Australia stood in 9th place in Alipay transaction volume during the new year period - as in 2018 - but the transaction volume increased by 110% and the amount spent per person was up by 40% to 1808 yuan (A$374.75).

A statement from Alipay said 99% of Chinese tourists had its app installed on their smartphones as per a Nielsen survey in 2018, making transactions via the app a key indicator of travelling and spending behaviour.

Other findings released by the mobile payment provider:

  • The most common Alipay transaction locations were pharmacies, duty-free stores, fish-markets and supermarkets
  • Transaction volume at duty-free stores increased 670% year-on-year, and spend per person increased by 20%
  • Transaction volume at supermarkets increased 120% year-on-year