Singapore-based casino complex Resorts World Sentosa announced on Monday that it started a strategic collaboration with Chinese mobile payment provider Alipay, making it possible for customers to make on-site payments via the platform. As part of the partnership, the operator will launch exclusive joint ravel packages and promotions for Alipay users.
According to the information provided by the operator, Alipay terminals will be placed at over 110 locations around the resort, plus more services at the property will be made Alipay-friendly. The joint press release by the companies also revealed that Alipay is going to become the official partner of S.E.A. Aquarium and Resorts World Theatre, two separate entertainment venues featured at the Sentosa resort.
This partnership is part of Resorts World Sentosa’s strategy to strengthen its presence on the market and provide a more convenient gaming experience to its Chinese visitors. Most Singapore properties consider customers from mainland China to be a vital target group and therefore the operator’s step shouldn’t be surprising. Just like the press release stated, making Alipay widely accepted at the resort’s hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues would create “a smart tourism visitor experience for the Chinese market.” However, a spokesperson for the property revealed that the Alipay system won’t be available in the casino featured at the facility.
Resorts World Sentosa was built and it is still operated by reputable company Genting Singapore Plc, which is a subsidiary of Malaysia-based Genting Bhd. Its 94,000 sq/ft gaming floor features 500 table games and 2,400 gaming machines.
Alipay, on the other hand, is a well-established third-party online payment system owned by the popular Alibaba Group’s finance entity Ant Financial Services Group. Currently, it’s considered to be the largest such platform that operates on Chinese territory and aside from being a first choice to online shoppers, it also can be used for money transfers as well as for utility bills payments.