Uber Takes Its Alipay Partnership Global To Tap Into Chinese Travelers

Uber is hoping to squeeze more money from users in China after it announced a tie-in with Alibaba’s Alipay that will enable Uber China customers to pay their fare using the payments service when they are overseas.

Alipay and Uber China first partnered to cover domestic rides in 2014, but now the duo are tapping into the huge market for Chinese tourism and business travel. Initially the partnership goes live in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan — three hotspots for travel during the upcoming Chinese New Year — but Uber China said the agreement “will be extended to more regions around the world during the year”.

Making payment straightforward is clearly a major hurdle to capturing a large slice of the overseas travelers. While Uber is a global brand that’s present in over…

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