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DNA Payments Integrates Alipay+ to Improve Tourism, Hospitality and Travel Sectors in the UK

Over 50,000 UK merchants will now be able to offer customers Alipay+ as an alternative payment method at checkout following a launch by UK-based fintech DNA Payments.

DNA Payments has integrated the suite of cross-border mobile payment and digitalisation tech solutions operated by Ant Solutions into its point-of-service (POS) terminals to accept more direct payments. This will greatly improve successful payment transactions with global tourists, especially those from Asia. They will be able to quickly and conveniently benefit in the hospitality, tourism, travel sectors and beyond.

At launch, users of 14 Alipay+ partner e-wallets will be able to make mobile payments with their enabled home e-wallets at hospitality merchants. These include: Boisdale restaurant group, Lochside House Hotel Spa & Lodges, and Durrants Hotel during the initial pilot scheme, ahead of completion in June.

Alipay+ provides worldwide coverage, enabling 88 million merchants to connect with over 25 e-wallets and banking apps globally. It offers a secure payment experience with access to promotions, benefits and services from merchants around the world.

How it works

Consumers can make payments by simply scanning a QR code displayed on a DNA Payments’ POS terminal to complete their transaction using their mobile payment apps. This supports a seamless buying experience for international visitors to the UK. Additionally, it enables merchants to better engage with their customers using DNA Payments’ POS solutions.

JP Lips, CEO at DNA Payments
JP Lips, CEO at DNA Payments

JP Lips, CEO at DNA Payments, said: “The UK is a popular destination for Asian visitors for leisure, study, or work. Oftentimes, they prefer to pay in ways they are familiar with. Retailers, F&B companies, and hospitality businesses can materially increase their sales by accepting international e-wallets like Alipay, MPay and TrueMoney.

“Our role as DNA Payments is to make this as easy as possible for businesses of all sizes – with no extra terminal. We track all payment methods through one portal, seamless funding, and settlement. And we facilitate the registration of Alipay+ automatically for our clients, enabling simple unified payments.”

Pietro Candela, general manager of Europe at Alipay+
Pietro Candela, general manager of Europe at Alipay+

Pietro Candela, general manager of Europe at Alipay+, commented: “We’re delighted to partner with DNA Payments to enable businesses of all sizes to access the Alipay+ suite of cross-border payment and tech solutions. This enables them to easily receive direct payments from international visitors to the UK. Particularly in sectors including hospitality, travel and tourism.”

Among the 14 e-wallets and banking apps partnering with Alipay+ at launch are:

  • Alipay (Chinese mainland)
  • AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR, China)
  • MPay (Macao SAR, China)
  • Touch ’n Go eWallet and MyPB by Public Bank Berhad (Malaysia)
  • Hipay (Mongolia)
  • GCash (The Philippines)
  • OCBC Digital and Changi Pay (Singapore)
  • TrueMoney (Thailand)
  • Tinaba (Italy)
  • Kakao Pay, Naver Pay and Toss Pay (South Korea)


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