Tropical North Queensland retailers and tourism operators are being urged to install mobile payment systems in time for the influx of visitors for Chinese New Year and the Amway China conference in 2019.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ), Tourism and Events Queensland and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce are hosting a free Chinese Payment Expo on December 4 at the Hilton Cairns to assist local businesses become Chinese payment ready.
TTNQ Chief Executive Officer Pip Close said installing systems like Alipay, China UnionPay and WeChat Pay would help local businesses capitalise on the changing spending habits of Chinese visitors.
“Next year we will have more than 6000 visitors arriving for Amway China in April as well as the traditional influx for Chinese New Year so it is an opportune time to get your business ready to serve these customers,” she said.
“The Chinese prefer to use mobile payment systems with a recent survey finding 65 per cent of Chinese paid their holiday expenses this way compared to 11 per cent of non-Chinese travellers.
“The 2017 Nielsen and Alipay Survey showed 91 per cent of Chinese travellers would spend more on their holiday if they could access mobile payment systems.
“This free practical seminar is being delivered through the Connecting With Asia Fund’s Project 88 to help grow overnight visitor expenditure and jobs in the region by accelerating the sustainable growth of Chinese high-value travellers.
“Leading payment providers UnionPay and Alipay plus 10 different third party acquirers, the companies that connect businesses to platform providers and facilitate the transactions, will be at the Expo from 9am to 2pm to answer all business questions.
“The first session from 7.30am to 9am will give an overview of the Chinese digital ecosystem and how to become digitally ready.
“The second session from 10am to midday will discuss effective marketing utilising Chinese payment providers.”
The Chinese Payment Expo on December 4, 7.30am-2pm at the Hilton Cairns is free to all businesses. RSVP here.
For more information, contact:
Communications Consultant Liz Inglis
M: 0419 643 494 | E: [email protected]