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FamilyMart teams up with Paysbuy to offer new payment option via Alipay for Chinese tourists to purchase goods during Songkran festival

April 4, 2017 – FamilyMart teams up with dtac the parent company of Paysbuy to launch an online payment service to allow Chinese tourists to pay in Chinese yuan at FamilyMart stores during their trip to Thailand.


Mr. Panthep Nilasinthop, Senior Vice President, Head of Financial Services & Innovation Division, Total Access Communication PLC – the parent company of Paysbuy - said, “Paysbuy is pleased to announce a partnership with FamilyMart to launch an online payment service via Alipay. As a leading online payment provider in Thailand with over 15,000 online merchants, Paysbuy is confident that Alipay’s payment service will offer a convenient payment option for Chinese tourists as well as help boost Thailand’s tourism economy.”


Mr. Akarin Phureesitr, Executive Vice President, Central FamilyMart Co., Ltd.,-said, FamilyMart continues to expand our services to attract customers and create a good shopping experience for Thai and foreign customers. With over 40% of FamilyMart stores located in tourist areas, we have teamed up with Paysbuy and Alipay to launch an online payment service via Alipay to support the growing number of Chinese tourists, which make up over 30% of total tourists visiting Thailand. The service allows Chinese travelers to pay in yuan, with no fee and no minimum payment amount, now at over 288 FamilyMart stores in Bangkok, Pattaya, Ko Samui, and Hua Hin, and at all stores nationwide by October 2017. We are confident that this partnership will help boost our sales and the tourism climate here.” 


Customers paying via Alipay at FamilyMart will receive a 45ml Dove shower cream, valued at 25 Baht, from April 10, 2017 or until supply lasts.

 

Ms. Pipavin Sodprasert, Thailand Country Manager, Ant Financial Services Group – the operator of Alipay - said, “Thailand is a very important market for our users with over 8 million Chinese travelers visiting Thailand in 2016.  As a lifestyle super app, Alipay strives to deliver the same level of convenience and satisfaction to our Chinese users anywhere in the world.  Our partnership with FamilyMart demonstrated Alipay’s commitment to broaden our merchant coverage in Thailand and to ensure Alipay users can enjoy the kind of convenience they enjoy in China where Alipay has over 450 million users and is accepted by millions of retail outlets.”

 
Mr. Sarut Vanichpun, Head of Prepaid Division, Total Access Communication PLC or dtac, said, “Chinese travelers can purchase Happy Tourist SIM cards, the number one SIM card in the market for tourists, at FamilyMart stores via Alipay. The ready-to-use SIM card offers free Internet for 7 days and free 100 Baht call credit. Customers buying Happy Tourist SIM at any FamilyMart store will receive a free Red Bull energy drink from now until April 24, 2017, while enjoying no service fee and no minimum payment amount.