Chinese travellers heading to Singapore and Thailand can now pay their Grab car rides using payment platform Alipay.
This is in line with the partnership between the Southeast Asia (SEA) ride-hailing company Grab and Ant Financial Services Group - the parent company of Alipay.
"We are constantly looking at ways to improve our app experience for local and international users. Providing multiple payment options that suit our customers' preferences is a key focus area for us. Our partnership with Alipay allows Chinese travellers to use Grab to book taxis or private cars for a hassle-free way to get around the city - and they can use a payment method they are familiar with, go cashless and pay in Renminbi," said Joel Yarbrough, Group Product Manager of Grab.
Before the partnership, Chinese travellers would need to connect their dual currency credit cards to pay for their rides or via cash. With the Alipay payment option, they can now pay their fares in Renminbi without worrying about currency exchange. Passengers only need to open their Grab app, select GrabPay and add their Alipay account.
"By collaborating with partners like Grab, we provide Chinese travellers the kind of convenience they are used to in China - no matter where they are in the world," said Sabrina Peng, Vice President of International Business at Ant Financial.
Grab and Alipay plan to extend the Alipay payment option in other markets in SEA.
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