New success for South Island tourism operators

Marketing/Operations Manager Duncan Spear (up top in the red shirt) welcomes Chinese visitors to Puzzling World.

Marketing/Operations Manager Duncan Spear (up top in the red shirt) welcomes Chinese visitors to Puzzling World.

Christchurch Airport's Alipay project is already proving beneficial for tourism operators, including Wanaka's Puzzling World.

Puzzling World is one of more than 300 businesses in the South Island to become Alipay merchants under the project.

Alipay is the world's largest mobile payment provider and makes it easy for Chinese visitors to find and spend money with kiwi businesses.

Puzzling World became an Alipay merchant earlier this year - a week later they were processing between 25 and 55 Alipay transactions a day.

Marketing and Operations manager Duncan Spear says Alipay is a valuable tool and the project made it easy for them to sign up.

"Deciding to sign up was really a 'no brainer'. Paying with Alipay is the new norm for Chinese consumers, the fees were low, the set up easy it's a very user-friendly system."

China is New Zealand's second-largest international tourism market, with around 400,000 visitors coming to New Zealand over the past year and spending a total of $1.2 billion.

Spear says launching Alipay has helped unlock the Chinese market by giving visitors the freedom to spend more money by using the app.

He also enjoys the supportive nature of the Christchurch Airport programme.

"It's always nice to have a 'team' approach, and within the South platform the Airport have achieved excellent results and we look forward to being involved in the next stages of Alibaba partnership rollout." 

For more information, go to south.co.nz