Norwegian mobile payment app Vipps will cooperate with Chinese mobile payment app Alipay to open the system up for mobile payments by Chinese tourists visiting Norway.
“Our cooperation with Alipay gives merchants unique opportunities to accept mobile payments by QR Code scanning by Chinese tourists, as well as marketing through the Alipay app,” said Berit Svendsen, head of Vipps International, according to Alizila.
Initially, Vipps will only accept Alipay in 30 locations across Bergen, a city on the west coast of Norway.
Vipps chose Bergen as a logical starting point given it is already popular among Chinese tourists during both winter and summer. According to national development bank Innovation Norway, Chinese tourism to the Norway soared 575% between 2007 to 2017, with Bergen and Oslo being the most visited cities.
“Bergen is just the starting point, and we will expand throughout Norway in the coming months,” said Berit Svendsen.
Vipps is developed by DNB and was released 30 May 2015. Today, the app is used by 76% of Norway’s consumers.
Alipay is a third-party mobile and online payment platform, established in Hangzhou, China in February 2004 by Alibaba Group. Currently, Alipay has 520,000,000 users.