InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a global partnership with Alipay, China’s leading third-party online payment solutions company. The announcement builds on IHG’s existing partnership with Alipay, formed back in 2012, when IHG became the first international hotel company to launch a flagship e-store on Alitrip (ihg.alitrip.com). Through this partnership, IHG now becomes the first global hotel company to give Chinese guests the ability to pay via Alipay through all of IHG's online and mobile channels, as well as across all IHG hotels globally. The partnership, which has been agreed with Alipay’s parent company, Ant Financial will initially apply to more than 270 IHG hotels in Greater China, as well as a number of hotels around the world that participate in IHG’s China Ready Programme, offering a range of tailored services to Chinese travellers. The global rollout of Alipay will begin in 2017. IHG entered the China market more than 30 years ago and China is now its second largest market globally. The partnership will allow IHG to further capitalise on the significant increase in Chinese outbound travel.
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