UK payments processing company Barclaycard announced a new partnership with Alipay on Thursday that will allow retailers to accept the Chinese payment app in stores across the country. The move will allow more merchants in the UK to tap into the growing number of Chinese tourists and their spending power.

Under the agreement, Barclaycard merchants will start accepting in-store Alipay payments without replacing their existing point-of-sale (POS) system. Alipay users will be able to search for retail outlets near their location to find out information such as opening hours, directions, and discount offerings.

Barclaycard first launched a pilot with Alipay transactions in 2017, testing the POS payment solution in eight retail stores across the country. The payment services provider processes nearly half of credit and debit card transactions in the UK and has over 110,000 merchants in its network. Earlier this month, it inked a similar deal with UnionPay International, a unit of China UnionPay, which has a virtual monopoly on in-country card payment processing.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.