Singapore Changi Airport will soon be South-east Asia’s first to accept WeChat Pay airport-wide and become the airport with the widest acceptance of the Chinese cross-border payment solution in Asia and outside of China.
The Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced that 150 outlets – including Changi’s duty-free, luxury retail shops and online store iShopChangi – will soon accept WeChat Pay as a mode of payment.
Most of the airport’s merchants and brands are expected to offer the payment platform by the end of this year.
CAG and WeChat Pay recently entered a three-year marketing partnership, which will see the two launch and publicise joint shopping promotions at Changi Airport, including discounts for users of the payment platform.
The partnership will also allow the airport to send WeChat Pay users targeted marketing messages.
Grace Yin, operation director of WeChat Pay, commented: “Singapore is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Changi Airport is the transportation hub of Singapore.
“Through this collaboration, WeChat Pay will provide a more convenient shopping experience to Chinese tourists in Changi Airport. We hope the collaboration will also provide fresh options and new perspectives to Changi Airport’s retail operations.”
Integrated into WeChat, WeChat Pay is a popular online payment mode for Chinese consumers. WeChat currently has more than a billion monthly active users, a number that continues to grow.
Meanwhile, China is one of Changi Airport’s key passenger markets, with Chinese passengers accounting for about a third of Changi Airport’s total sales in 2017.