Alipay comes to taxis in Las Vegas and NYC in Verifone pact

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Chinese tourists visiting the U.S. may begin paying cab fares via Alipay this month in Las Vegas and next month in New York through an expanded acceptance deal with Verifone.

More than 2,000 taxis in Las Vegas will accept Alipay by the end of October, and more than 14,000 New York City taxis will support the Chinese mobile wallet in November, Verifone said in a Tuesday press release.

The move marks the first time Alipay users can pay taxi drivers directly through the wallet, which has gained expanded acceptance in key tourism centers in the U.S. and Canada over the last two years.

Verifone first partnered with Alipay last year to support merchant acceptance in North America and Europe at retail centers popular with Chinese tourists.

“By extending our partnership with Verifone to taxis in New York and Las Vegas, two of the most popular destinations in America for Chinese tourists, we’re giving greater confidence to Chinese travelers that they will be able to pay for their taxi ride using the same convenient payment method they use at home, without language barriers,” said Souheil Badran, Alipay North America’s president, in the release.

“Chinese visitors to the U.S. are increasing in number every year and we are continuing to elevate the cashless payment experience by making it easy to pay inside American taxi cabs,” added Amos Tamam, Verifone’s senior vice president of global taxi systems.

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