Articles tagged “wechat”

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

As Chinese travelers increasingly seek out cultural tourism, destination marketing organizations would do well to boost visibility for museum institutions and historic landmark sites with this segment. VisitBerlin's effort is case in point.

4 weeks ago

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Chinese travelers are the world's largest outbound travel market. With the launch of Helsinki's WeChat collaboration, it seems the days of asking them to pay cash in a destination are numbered.

3 months ago

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Skift Forum Asia Video: How APAC is Transforming the Global Payments Landscape

Skift Forum Asia Video: How APAC is Transforming the Global Payments Landscape

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Mobile payments are already commonplace in parts of Asia — China particularly — but as travelers adopt these tools, travel companies will need both local expertise and deep technological capabilities to make sure their guests can pay when and how they like.

3 months ago

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China's No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market.

4 months ago

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Google Maps Is Ready to Transform the World of Superapps: A Skift Deep Dive

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consumers in the West reach almost reflexively for the Google Maps app as the service becomes a nearly ubiquitous utility despite a dearth of messaging and payments. Whether it evolves into the next superapp may depend on whether users really want a do-everything app and the mood of regulators seeking to break up big tech.

5 months ago

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how to use them to pay for meals, attractions, and tickets whenever they visit Japan. The reason? Swelling Chinese tourism is prompting the country to adopt China’s preferred mobile payment method.

6 months ago

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Facebook Wants to Be the WeChat of the World Outside China

Rachel Lerman and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press

China leads the super app phenomenon and Facebook is following in its footsteps several years later with big ambitions to be the WeChat of the world — outside China, of course.

6 months ago

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WeChat Mini-Programs: What Hotels Need to Know to Drive Chinese Bookings

WeChat Mini-Programs: What Hotels Need to Know to Drive Chinese Bookings

DerbySoft + Skift

Hotels are developing WeChat mini-programs to drive digital bookings among Chinese travelers. Club Med is one such company that has seen success in its WeChat mini-program strategy, developed by DerbySoft.

1 year ago

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How New York City Became one of the Top Destinations on Chinese Social Media

How New York City Became one of the Top Destinations on Chinese Social Media

Mailman X + Skift

China’s social media market can be tough to crack for destination marketers based overseas. But the success of NYC & Company, the city’s official DMO, has shown that data-driven insights are key to creating a digital strategy that resonates with Chinese outbound travelers.

1 year ago

WeChat Pay May Be Missing a Global Expansion Opportunity

WeChat Pay May Be Missing a Global Expansion Opportunity

Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

Maybe WeChat Pay will change its mind about how far it can reach globally, especially if, as the writer posits, "one day, chat plus wallet will be as obvious a combination as mobile phone plus camera."

1 year ago

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

When people pass between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, they have to present border documents, called permits. A new feature on the popular WeChat app could replace the need for the documents someday, according to a proposal. Here's hoping.

1 year ago

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Destinations Need to Go Beyond the Website to Reach Chinese Travelers

Destinations Need to Go Beyond the Website to Reach Chinese Travelers

Mailman X + Skift

Traditional websites are becoming a thing of the past in China as mobile, social, and peer-to-peer networks dominate the country’s digital ecosystem. Destinations looking to reach Chinese outbound travelers throughout the customer journey should take note.

1 year ago