As online payments become more common throughout Asia, travellers at Singapore's Changi Airport could pay at any merchant while in the terminals with WeChat Pay.

According to the announcement, over 150 retail and food outlets at any of the four terminals at Changi Airport will accept WeChat Pay for payments. By allowing the use of WeChat Pay for merchant payments while at the airport, Changi Airport will offer targetted promotions for WeChat Pay users.

"This will provide an additional payment platform for our Chinese passengers, and will allow them to shop and dine with added convenience. Through this partnership, we will also be able to send targeted marketing messages to WeChat users. We will continue to explore other ways to offer customised services for our passengers, to ensure they have an unparalleled Changi Experience when travelling through Changi Airport," said Edwin Lim, general manager of CAG's advertising, marketing and promotions.

Grace Yin, operation director of WeChat Pay said: “Singapore is an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and Changi Airport is the transportation hub of Singapore. Through this collaboration, WeChat Pay will provide a more convenient shopping experience to Chinese tourists in Changi Airport. We hope the collaboration will also provide fresh options and new perspectives to Changi Airport’s retail operations.”

Allowing WeChat Pay will make Changi Airport the first airport in Southeast Asia, offering the majority Chinese travellers who visit Singapore an added means of payments for duty free and retail outlets before leaving the Red Dot. Along with Alipay, WeChat Pay will be the second e-payment platform that the airport will accept payments from.

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