According to a recent white paper released by Nielsen and Alipay, 65% of Chinese tourists sampled have used mobile payments while traveling overseas, compared with only 11% of non-Chinese tourists.

The white paper, “Outbound Chinese Tourism and Consumption Trend: 2017 Survey” found that 91% Chinese tourists said they were more likely to buy from a merchant if they supported Chinese mobile payment services.

The total number of Chinese traveling abroad has been increasing steadily over the past years, encouraged by increasing income and more favorable visa policies. A total of 131 million trips were made by Chinese tourists in 2017, a 7% increase from 2016, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com