Mailman X Business Weekly | August 23rd
Here is China’s top tourism business news that you need to know from this week:
Alipay in Europe is Changing the Chinese Tourist Experience.
In early June, Alipay announced a collaboration with six European mobile wallet services. The goal is to establish a “unified” QR code that allows Alipay users to make payments at any location that already accepts one of the payment services. Once fully implemented, Chinese travelers will be able to make payments using Alipay across a network of 190,000 merchants in 10 European countries. The plan is to gradually expand the program to include more markets. Read more here.
As Chinese citizens continue more and more reliant on mobile and digital payment the more important it is for the rest of the world to figure out how to accept mobile payment either WeChat or Alipay. I feel like we harp on mobile payment, as it is becoming the biggest barrier to travel and travel experiences. Other Western nations should take a page out of this book and look for ways to seamlessly allow mobile payment from either source. This should become easier and easier as the Western world slowly adapts to mobile payments like Apple Pay.
Also This week:
AA’s domestic first-class cabins getting further modifications.
American Airlines will rework the first-class cabins of at least 96 single-aisle aircraft after receiving negative feedback from customers about AA’s recent renovation. American Airlines will add tablet holders, cocktail tables and USB power ports to seats and increase storage space under the seat, said airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott. Read more here.
Chinese star joins the campaign to stop tourists buying ivory souvenirs abroad.
It has been just over a year since China banned commercial ivory sales, but Chinese tourists are still buying ivory at souvenir shops during trips abroad, with Thailand and Hong Kong among the top two markets. WildAid CEO Peter Knights said that this message with Huang Xuan will reach tens of millions of people, helping to build upon the recent momentum to end the devastation caused by ivory consumption. Read more here.
Mafengwo enters the Japanese market.
Mafengwo, one of China’s largest travel information sites, announced its entry into the Japanese market. And Japan is the first overseas market for Mafengwo. Read more here.
‘Spider-Man’ divorce is bad for Disney and Sony.
A report from Deadline on Tuesday claimed that talks between Sony, which owns the rights to Spider-Man, and Disney, which owns the majority of Marvel’s character lexicon, had broken down. If talks do not resume, it is likely that Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that could prove tricky for Sony and Marvel. Read more here.
People’s Republic of China move forward to issue digital currency to replace RMB next year
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is working on a plan to issue state-sponsored virtual currencies by the end of 2019. Shanghai Securities News, china’s state-run Xinhua news agency, recently reported that Mu Changchun, deputy director of the PBOC settlement division, made the announcement at an undisclosed line-in-line planning meeting. China moves forward with a plan to issue a digital currency of yuan by the end of the year. Read more here.
Porsche to stream Apple Music into all-new Taycan EV.
The luxury automaker and tech giant are teaming up to allow drivers of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan to stream Apple Music directly into the car. Porsche and Apple believe music streaming is the next advancement for in-car entertainment. The luxury automaker and tech giant are teaming up to allow drivers of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan to stream Apple Music directly into the car. Read more here.
Apple Card Officially Released In US.
The Apple Card, a credit card created in partnership by the technology company, was officially released in the U.S. on Tuesday, the company said in a release. The company said the credit card is meant to help customers have a “healthier financial life,” and that interested customers can sign up for the card through the Wallet app on an iPhone. Apple said the process only takes minutes and that customers can start using the card immediately. Read more here.
China’s Longmen Grottoes introduces full-coverage 5G network.
Longmen Grottoes in central China’s Henan Province has been fully covered by the 5G network, the administrative committee of the grottoes announced Friday. The grottoes receive up to 75,000 visitors each day. The 5G coverage is expected to provide a better internet experience for tourists, the committee said. Read more here.
Moving with grace: Spanish art Flamenco fascinates more Chinese.
“In Flamenco songs, there’s a line that goes: ‘I fell into a deep well without a rope,’ which is exactly what I feel now,” said 42-year-old Tao Jiarong, a Shanghai-based white-collar worker who indulges in the fascinating Spanish art. Read more here.
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