Sam­path Bank pow­ers Sri Lanka Duty Free by Dufry with Ali­pay pay­ments

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FINANCE -

Sam­path Bank an­nounced its part­ner­ship with Dufry - Sri Lanka Duty Free on Ali­pay pay­ment ac­cep­tance.

Dufry Duty Free stores lo­cated in both the ar­rival and de­par­ture lounges at Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­portwill now be able to ac­cept pay­ments over Ali­pay, one of the world’s largest on­line and off­line pay­ment plat­forms op­er­ated by Ant Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Group.

Dufry - Sri Lanka Duty Free now of­fers mo­bile based point-of-sale so­lu­tions en­abling shop­pers to pay via the Ali­pay mo­bile App if they wish to do so.

Given the pop­u­lar­ity of Ali­pay in China, the move is set to make the duty free re­tailer’s of­fer even more ap­peal­ing to the grow­ing num­bers of Chi­nese tourists vis­it­ing Sri Lanka, as well as the Chi­nese na­tion­als liv­ing and work­ing in the coun­try. Chi­nese shop­pers will ap­pre­ci­ate the con­ve­nience of pay­ing for their duty free pur­chases over Ali­pay, a plat­form that they are ac­cus­tomed to.

“Sri Lanka is wit­ness­ing a steady rise in the num­ber of Chi­nese na­tion­als trav­el­ling to the coun­try for both busi­ness and leisure. We are de­lighted to part­ner with Sam­path Bank and of­fer these cus­tomers the con­ve­nience and fa­mil­iar­ity of pay­ing through Ali­pay, a plat­form they use ex­ten­sively at home in China – in our duty free stores at Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing them to our stores where they can ex­plore our ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of prod­ucts from around the world,” said Errol Mo­raes, Fi­nance Di­rec­tor of Dufry Shops Colombo Limited.

“As the first bank in the coun­try to have part­nered with Ali­pay, we have seen the pay­ment plat­form help our merchant part­ners at­tract more Chi­nese cus­tomers and grow their busi­ness. Con­nect­ing Dufry - Sri Lanka Duty Free to the Ali­pay net­work, we look for­ward to see­ing their stores at Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the is­land’s primary air travel gate­way, wit­ness sim­i­lar growth,” said Ra­jen­dra Ranas­inghe As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager In­ward Re­mit­tance / KPO / BNO.“WE will con­tinue to work with our part­ners on mak­ing elec­tronic pay­ments more ac­ces­si­ble to busi­nesses and con­sumers around the is­land”.

“Hav­ing de­vel­oped the plat­form for tech­ni­cal in­te­gra­tion and work­ing in part­ner­ship with Sam­path Bank and in­tro­duc­ing Ali­pay to Sri Lanka, we are ex­cited to wel­come Dufry - Sri Lanka Duty Free on­board the Ali­pay net­work. Al­low­ing us to of­fer Chi­nese trav­el­ers the same safe, ef­fi­cient and con­ve­nient pay­ment ser­vices that they are used to at home, will help at­tract more cus­tomers to Dufry’s shops at Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“We will con­tinue to work with part­ners like Sam­path Bank to take our suite of pay­ment so­lu­tions to more busi­nesses and con­sumers across Sri Lanka,” said Di­nesh Ro­drigo Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/ceo of In­terblocks Ltd.

Dufry - Sri Lanka Duty Free, the pre­mier duty free stores at Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Colombo, Sri Lanka are man­aged by ‘Dufry Shops Colombo Limited’ which is part of Dufry Group, the world’s largest duty free travel re­tailer head­quar­tered in Basel, Switzer­land.

Dufry has its pres­ence in 65 coun­tries around the globe in­clud­ing United States, Canada, the UK, Ger­many, Spain, Switzer­land, Swe­den, Fin­land, Brazil, Chile, Rus­sia, Aus­tralia, South Korea, China, UAE, Uruguay and now in Sri Lanka, cov­er­ing all 6 con­ti­nents with over 2,300 stores.

Ali­pay is the pay­ment arm of the world­wide ecom­merce gi­ant Alibaba. Ali­pay is one of the largest on­line pay­ment so­lu­tions in China where mo­bile pay­ments have be­come the de facto pay­ment op­tion for Chi­nese na­tion­als, even sur­pass­ing us­age of cash.

From left: Aye­shan Weer­a­pura (Sam­path Bank), Asela De Silva (Sam­path Bank), Dil­ruk­shan Het­tiarachchi (In­terblocks Ltd.), Dushyan­tha Das­sanayake (Sam­path Bank), Tissa Nanayakkar­a (In­terblocks Ltd.), Ra­jen­dra Ranas­inghe (Sam­path Bank), Errol Maraes (Dufry Shops Colombo Ltd.), Ra­jatha Medawewa (Air­port and Aviation Ser­vices (Sri Lanka) Ltd.), Chaminda Weerathung­a (Dufry Shops Colombo Ltd.), Pradeep Wanas­inghe (Dufry Shops Colombo Ltd.), Karin Makav­itage (In­terblocks Ltd.), Sa­man Liyan­age (In­terblocks Ltd.)

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