Worldline enables UnionPay and Alipay acceptance at over 20 POS terminals in the Duty Free stores at Budapest Airport, thus catering for the needs of the growing number of Chinese travellers at over 20 airports across Europe
Today, 30 September 2019, Worldline [Euronext: WLN], the European market leader in payment and transaction services, announces the introduction of its acquiring services for the Chinese's favourite payment brands at Budapest Airport. This is the first Alipay acceptance location in Hungary and the second collaboration of Worldline with Heinemann Duty Free after the launch of Alipay at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in January 2018.
Budapest is one of the 'must-see' destinations in tours around central Europe and, in recent years, has seen a significant increase in tourists from China. In 2018, some 250.000 Chinese tourists visited the Hungarian capital, with a growth rate of more than 11%. As purchase behaviour is nowadays largely driven by smooth end-to-end customer experience, it is a logical move that Heinemann, Budapest Airport's central Duty Free partner, wants to provide a familiar, simple and fast check-out process for its Chinese customers including their favourite, trusted payment solution.
As a central acquiring partner for both Alipay and UnionPay, Worldline is enabling merchants at airports in Amsterdam Schiphol, Basel Mulhouse, Bremen, Brussels, Burgas, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, London Heathrow, Luxembourg, Malmoe, Malta, Martinique, Munich, Stockholm Arlanda, Toulouse, Varna, Vienna and Zurich to offer their Chinese traveling customers the same payment methods they normally use at home.
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