Alipay is now available as a payment method for mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia, according to a press release.
Chinese tourists can find the nearest Starbucks location in Malaysia through the in-app Discovery platform, and pay for their drinks in RMB via Alipay.
Alipay and Starbucks Malaysia are also launching a marketing campaign to celebrate the partnership together with Chinese consumers.
Starting August 18 and running through October 31, a Chinese tourist using Alipay in Starbucks can enjoy 10 percent off with cap at RMB 5 yuan and free drink size upgrade at the same time once every week.
The customer will also receive a 10 percent e-voucher for future use upon completion of the first transaction. Alipay and Starbucks Malaysia fund the campaign jointly.
“Starbucks is one of the most visited merchants by Chinese tourists in many countries,” said Dayong Zhang, general manager of Alipay Southeast Asia, in the release. “Through Alipay’s Discovery platform, we are leading our users to the nearest Starbucks wherever they are in Malaysia. Getting a cup of familiar coffee with a familiar payment method at a random street corner in Malaysia, will make one’s journey as relaxed as at home.”