SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- United States – Citcon, an integrated mobile payment and marketing platform to connect global merchants with Chinese travelers, announces partnership with WeChat, China's leading mobile social communications service with 846 million active users run by Tencent Holdings. As the first payment partner of WeChat in North America, Citcon will enable millions of businesses to accept WeChat Pay, one of China's most popular mobile payment methods.
Now merchants will be able to accept WeChat Pay via Citcon's smart mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), easy-to-integrate API and software products and optimize growth both online and offline, with an easy and affordable rate compared to credit card processing. In addition to the convenient payment solutions, merchants will also be able to manage business performance and customer insights, run marketing campaigns, guides users to merchants' e-commerce stores while saving their shopping preferences for future visits and manage lifetime customer loyalty programs.
"We're excited to work with WeChat, and bring such a powerful platform to businesses in North America," said Chuck Huang, Founder and CEO of Citcon, "WeChat's experience is unrivaled in China. It touches everything in millions of consumers' daily life to introduce a cash-free society. By accepting WeChat Pay through Citcon, merchants are able to tap into the fast-growing mobile payments market and capitalize on the huge market opportunity presented by Chinese consumers."
Weee! is a Silicon Valley-based startup building a mobile commerce platform that enables local communities to buy together through messaging apps. Talking about the partnership with Citcon to accept WeChat Pay, Larry Liu, Founder and CEO of Weee! said, "Weee! serves hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 40 metropolitan areas in the US and Canada, and most of our businesses are happening on mobile platform. Citcon's solution is a perfect fit for our business. Having the ability to accept WeChat Pay through Citcon significantly improves our user experience online and offline, and optimizes our business growth."
For four consecutive years, China has been the world number one outbound tourism country, accounting for over 13% of the total tourism revenue globally. United States has been one of the most popular destinations for Chinese travelers. In 2020, five million Chinese travelers are expected to spend $80 billion in the United States.
Mobile payments is the new frontier of commerce and China is leading this trend. By providing an integrated and easy-to-use mobile payment and cross-border marketing solution, Citcon is creating a future that takes payment to the next level and empowers global merchants to connect with millions of Chinese consumers.
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With headquarters in Silicon Valley, Citcon is an integrated mobile payment and marketing platform that connects global merchants with Chinese consumers. As the first authorized payment partner of WeChat Pay, Alipay and UnionPay in North America, in addition to other key payment platforms including Visa, MasterCard and American Express, Citcon brings mobile payment to the next level, enabling businesses to connect with customers beyond the payment experience. With our extensive experience and deep expertise in Chinese outbound travel market, mobile payment, cross-border ecommerce and cross-border marketing, Citcon is the one-stop solution for global businesses to reach millions of Chinese travelers and domestic consumers. Citcon's founding team comes from Visa, PayPal, eBay, Uber, Groupon and Yelp. Citcon is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms and received strategic investments from leading technology and financial service companies in China. For more information, please go to www.citcon-inc.com
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