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Merchants using AUB PayMate attracts more Chinese tourists to visit the Philippines

According to the Department of Tourism Philippines, China is the country’s second largest foreign tourism market next to South Korea. In fact, the Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said that “We continue to welcome more Chinese tourists to the country as part of the improved diplomatic relationship between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China last year,” As a result more and more Chinese Tourists come to visit the Philippines and experience the warmth and generous culture of the Filipino people.

One of the many reasons for the massive increase of Chinese tourists in our country was also brought by the better air connectivity and direct flights launched last Feb. 10, 2018. Specifically, from Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian province to Puerto Princesa City Philippines, by C&D Travel Service China, a tour operator based in Xiamen, with Philippine Airlines (PAL) as its partner carrier.

Another reason for the elevation of sales and multiplying the revenues of Philippine merchants, is their wise decision of tying up or partnering with AUB PayMate .

AUB PayMate is a mobile app that allows merchants to accept WeChat payments from Chinese tourists. AUB PayMate or WeChat Pay was launched on November 2017. This mobile application offers a fast, reliable, safe, convenient way for the merchants to accept payments for dining, shopping, hotel stays and other tourism-related payment activities of the Chinese tourists. WeChat Pay functions as a mobile wallet inside Chinese social messaging app WeChat, this mobile application allows Chinese tourists in the Philippines to effortlessly and accessibly make payments, purchase an item without having problems of converting their cash into Philippine Peso because of the mobile applications capability of doing real time conversions, or we can simply say process cross-border payments.

The Merchants who have decided to join the emerging number of businesses using AUB PayMate in the Philippines does experience the growth in their income and the increase of sales in their establishment.

For a better view, I opted to list down some of my top recommended Philippine retail companies, hotels, stores and destinations to visit for Chinese tourists that have already joined the growing list of sellers that AUB accredited to accept payments via WeChat Pay.

1. Mall(s) and Store(s) 

Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI)  the second-largest multi-format retailer in the country, specifically these include Robinsons Department Store in Ermita Manila, Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Handyman, Robinsons Appliances, Toys “R” Us and Daiso Japan.

On finding good swimwear in the Philippines: Robinsons Department Store—Here you’ll find my favorite brand of swim wear ‘Angel Fish’. I would totally recommend you to try and purchase one of their summer items due to its affordability plus its incomparable durability and bright trendy colors, not to mention their updated fashionable style. Highly recommended for stylish Chinese tourists visiting the Philippines during summer season.

In case you’re bringing pets with you on your trip. Worry not for Robinsons Handyman got your back. Here you’ll find reasonable cheap and affordable pet treats and more. Purchasing products here were of course made easier by AUB Paymate.

In the event of wanting to do groceries like the locals in Manila. You may head on to Robinsons Supermarket to purchase all the grocery items you need. QR based digital payment system for WeChat Pay are very much visible at the cashier counters of this store. Indeed less hassle and worry for you during your trip to the Metro.

2. Philippine Destinations to visit:

Cebu, Bohol, Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Boracay. These beautiful Philippine destinations were listed as the top favorite places to visit in the Philippines by the Chinese tourists, based on the government data of the Department of Tourism.

Cebu is known as the Queen City of the south and is known as one of the most popular jumping off points in all of the Philippines for foreign visitors. No wonder why this place has easily made noise and was successfully heard by every Chinese Tourists coming to the country. Cebu Merchants must therefore consider joining the rising group of retailers accepting WeChat Pay to provide a better service for the expected rise of Chinese visitors in their beautiful Island.

Bohol is known for its gorgeous coral reefs and undeniably breathtaking views of postcard worthy geographical features screaming beauty and perfection, captivating each tourist to come back over and over again. Definitely is a must see for both local and foreign tourists and has also been recorded to have caught the attention of the Chinese Visitors. This is a wakeup call to all the Philippine Merchants in Bohol who haven’t joined the WeChat Pay system yet. With the succeeding increase of Chinese visitors in Bohol, adding AUB Paymate and accepting WeChat Pay on your cashier systems will surely multiply your sales and elevate your revenues in no time.

Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan as I mentioned earlier was recently launched as one of the many places in the Philippines with direct flights to China.   The better air connectivity and direct flights launched last Feb. 10, 2018 precisely, from Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian province to Puerto Princesa City Philippines, by C&D Travel Service China, a tour operator based in Xiamen, with Philippine Airlines (PAL) as its partner carrier, is extravagantly bringing more Chinese to this place. Merchants from Puerto Princesa and Palawan should not miss out on the opportunity if they want to develop in terms of profit and better access their target markets.

The government’s plan to temporarily close Boracay to tourists and rehabilitate its drainage, sewerage and road systems to address water pollution, flooding and traffic problems –however didn’t limit the proficiencies of AUB to aggressively sign up Wechat Pay for Philippine retailers during the Boracay closure.

As mentioned in an article of Business World Online, an executive with WeChat Pay’s local partner said that AUB even saw Boracay closure as an advantage for merchants and opened an opportunity for WeChat Pay to sign up retailers who are eager to regain the lost revenue when resorts in Boracay island reopens, with an aim to better serve the booming number and extremely increasing volume of Chinese visitors.

With the hope that I inspired you all to visit few of the many remarkable destinations in the Philippines. I would like to end this blog post with a fact that indeed the rise of Chinese Tourists is seen as an opportunity for us local merchants to join the real game changer of the digital retail world—AUB Paymate and WeChat Pay.

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