Recently the World Sentosa in strategic collaboration with Ant Financial Services Group has Alipay on-site payment terminals made available at more than 110 locations around the Resorts World
Under the partnership, Alipay also named the official partner of S.E.A. Aquarium and Resorts World Theatre, two non-gaming entertainment venues at Resorts World Sentosa.
The casino resort was built and is operated by Genting Singapore Plc, a subsidiary of Malaysian conglomerate Genting Bhd. The partnership between Resorts World Sentosa and Alipay comes as the former strenghtened its strategy of growing its important cross-border Chinese business.
Chinese visitors are viewed as a vital target group for Singapore’s casino resorts, according to several investment analysts covering the gaming sector.
Alipay is now widely accepted across hotels, dining, retail and entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa and is now creating a ‘smart tourism’ visitor experience for the Chinese market.”
One thing but to note is that Alipay’s on-site payment system would not be available in the property’s casino.
Resorts World Sentosa’s official website had already been accepting online payments via Alipay for bookings of hotel packages and tickets to non-gaming attractions.
Resorts World Sentosa and Alipay will also market exclusively to Alipay users, joint travel packages and promotions.
Alipay is a third-party online payment platform from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s finance arm Ant Financial Services Group. It is considered China’s largest online payment service. In addition to offering a payment service for online shoppers, for money transfer and for payment of utility bills, the firm also offers users contactless mobile payment services inside and outside China.