Singapore Launches WeChat Mini Program Catering to Chinese Bleisure Travelers

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Sinapore’s Chinatown. Chinese Singaporeans make up more than 75 percent of the country’s population, a factor that has driven its China-smart approach. Inna Felker / Adobe Skift Take: Singapore is ahead of the curve when it comes to its Chinese inbound strategy. It’s the first country destination to roll … [Read more…]

Skift Forum Asia Video: How APAC is Transforming the Global Payments Landscape

Skift Take: Mobile payments are already commonplace in parts of Asia — China particularly — but as travelers adopt these tools, travel companies will need both local expertise and deep technological capabilities to make sure their guests can pay when and how they like. — SkiftX Read the Complete Story On Skift

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, April 2018. Christopher Pike / Bloomberg Skift Take: As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China’s No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market. — Faye Chiu Slim Leather Travel Passport … [Read more…]

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

An image of a dish at a restaurant in Japan. The country’s restaurants and operators of activities and attractions are increasingly accepting the QR-code-based digital payment methods favored by Chinese tourists. Japan National Tourism Organization Skift Take: Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how … [Read more…]

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Facebook — the next super app? The Associated Press Skift Take: China leads the super app phenomenon and Facebook is following in its footsteps several years later with big ambitions to be the WeChat of the world — outside China, of course. — Raini Hamdi Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card … [Read more…]