Alipay gets in the rink with Capital One Arena
04/19/2019|10:29:41 AM|Alizila

Alipay scored a win Thursday, with Monumental Sports & Entertainment saying visitors to the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. can use the mobile payment solution.

Starting this week, Chinese tourists can use their Alipay accounts at concession stands, ticketing windows and souvenir shops. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese tourists and sports fans visit the D.C. metro area each year.

“We are proud to integrate Alipay, a lifestyle super-app that is used by more than 700 million people in China, at Capital One Arena, as the first stadium of its kind.” said Yulei Wang, general manager of Alipay North America.

The National Travel and Tourism Office in the U.S. also predicts the number of Chinese tourists is likely to hit 5 million by 2020, with 530,000 of them expected to visit Washington, D.C.

The influx of Chinese tourists is often a boon to the local retail industry and businesses. According to U.S. government data, Chinese travelers are the highest-spending of international tourists in the U.S.

In the case of Washington D.C., in 2016, Chinese visitors’ per-person spending was nearly 50% higher than for D.C.’s average overseas visitor, according to Destination DC, a marketing organization. Chinese visitors to the district spent more than $650 million there in 2017.

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