Bangkok, June 20: GHL Systems Berhad (GHL), the leading payment service company in the ASEAN region, has enabled Alipay+ for over 2,600 local businesses in Thailand to accept cross-border digital payments from leading Asian mobile wallets. This includes AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR), Kakao Pay (South Korea), Touch ‘n Go eWallet (Malaysia), and Alipay (Chinese mainland), which has been accepted by Thai merchants since 2015.
Travelers visiting Thailand can now pay using their mobile e-wallets at over 5,000 retail outlets powered by GHL, through a partnership with Alipay+, a global cross-border digital payments and marketing solution by Ant Group. The local businesses to benefit from this initiative come from a wide range of tourism industries, from retail, and F&B to hospitality and attractions nationwide.
For the first quarter of 2023, the government announced Thailand has achieved its target for tourist arrivals, with 6.15 million visitors. As travelers return to Thailand, they have greater expectations of their travel and retail experience, particularly as many have become accustomed to a seamless payment experience via mobile wallets.
“GHL’s long-term partnership with Alipay, now further enhanced with the latest collaboration with Alipay+ holds immense value for the Thai tourism industry,” Prinya Jinantuya, Chief Executive Officer of GHL Thailand said.
“Local businesses can attract a broader customer base of Asian travelers, offering them a familiar and convenient payment method.
“This integration aligns with Thailand’s vision to create a cashless economy, fostering financial inclusivity and driving economic growth. As digital transactions continue to rise, the economy benefits from enhanced transparency, efficiency, and security, positively impacting multiple sectors and promoting overall economic development.”
Jim Thompson, Thailand’s well-known silk company and one of the earliest local brands to complete the integration, stands as a testament to the benefits of this partnership. With a legacy rooted in exquisite silk craftsmanship, today, Jim Thompson is the iconic global lifestyle brand from Thailand with a reputation for beautiful silks and “Beyond Silk” and a beloved brand among both locals and international visitors.
Travelers will have no lack of retail and entertainment options in Thailand and can use their own local mobile wallets at popular shopping destinations such as all six Premium Outlets, including Cha-am, Khao-Yai, Pattaya, Ayutthaya, Phuket, and Krabi.
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