Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has partnered WeChat and ICBC (Macau) to accept WeChat Pay throughout its properties, although it is unclear if this includes its casinos.
In a statement, GEG said its three flagship properties – Galaxy Macau, Broadway Macau and StarWorld Hotel – will be first to launch the payment mode. The roll-out will eventually extend to 136 outlets across GEG’s portfolio of hotels (e.g. Ritz-Carlton, Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, Banyan Tree Macau); dining outlets (e.g. Lai Heen, 8½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant); “entertainment facilities” (e.g. China Rouge, Macallan Bar, The Broadway Theatre Box Office); spas and retailers.
GEG stated that the move answers the needs of mainland Chinese visitors to Macau, who “overwhelmingly prefer to pay with e-wallets such as WeChat Pay”.
This comes barely a year after Beijing lowered the UnionPay overseas withdrawal limit for Chinese travellers, which was seen to potentially impact Chinese high-roller-reliant casinos in Macau.
Speaking on behalf of ICBC (Macau), Zheng Kai, deputy CEO of ICBC (Macau), said: “As the largest local registered bank in Macau, ICBC (Macau) has long been focused on the development of its finance technology. ICBC (Macau) was the first local WeChat Pay clearing organisation officially approved by regulatory authority of Macau, and the launch of WeChat Pay also meets the regulatory requirements of the country.
He expects the collaboration will bring “significant results and contribute to the economic development of Macau”.