Citcon, an integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to connect global merchants with Chinese travelers, announced partnership with Alipay, the world's leading payment platform with 450 million active users run by Ant Financial Services Group, to enable millions of merchants in North America to accept one of China's most popular mobile payment methods.
Citcon is one of the first payment partner of Alipay in North America. Our smart mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) easy-to-integrate API and software products provide merchants a seamless experience to accept Alipay both offline and online, manage business performance and customer insights, promote product and services, drive sales via our global partner network, as well as build lifetime brand loyalty with Chinese consumers.
"The partnership with Citcon gives us access to a broad merchant base in North America. Security, speed and innovation are key attributes of our trusted partners," said Souheil Badran, President, Alipay North America. "We benefit from Citcon's deep understanding of Chinese outbound tourism market, extensive experience and deep expertise in the U.S. payment system, which give our customers a seamless payment experience when traveling abroad."
During the Chinese New Year, High Roller of Caesars Entertainment Corporation and more than 100 merchants delighted Chinese consumers with special offers to Alipay users who drove the sales growth during the holiday season. China has been the world number one outbound tourism country for four consecutive years, accounting for over 13% of the total tourism revenue globally. United States has been one of the most popular destinations for Chinese travelers. In 2020, five million Chinese travelers are expected to spend $80 billion in the United States. With Alipay, Citcon offers global merchants the solution to open doors to millions of Chinese consumers.
"We're very delighted to partner with Alipay and bring the world's leading mobile payment platform to the North America market," Chuck Huang, Founder & CEO of Citcon said. "Mobile payments is the new frontier of commerce, and China is leading this trend. By providing an integrated and easy-to-use mobile payment and cross-border marketing solution, Citcon is creating a future that takes payment to the next level and connect global merchants with millions of Chinese consumers. Since launching in early September last year, Alipay is now accepted by Louis Vuitton, DFS, San Francisco Airport, Napa Valley, High Roller, Crystal Jade and Roaring Camp among others."