Austria appeals to Chinese tourists with easy payments

The Austrian state of Tirol is allowing Chinese tourists to pay via Alipay and WeChat from next summer.
Austria appeals to Chinese tourists with easy payments
Erwin Haiden

Kufstein 

Austria appeals to Chinese tourists with easy payments
Osterreich Werbung

Innsbruck

The Austrian state of Tirol is making travel to its attractions easier for Chinese tourists by allowing them to pay via Alipay and WeChat from next summer, the Austrian National Tourist Office announced in Shanghai.

The scheme will cover attractions in Innsbruck, Kitzbuehel, Kufstein, Soelden and St.Anton. 

Chinese travelers made nearly 1 million visits to Austria last year, and the number who stay overnight keeps growing. 

June to August is the most popular time among Chinese tourists, accounting for 67 percent of the year, followed by October because of China's National Day holiday. 

Tirol, in the heart of the Alps, is a land of mountains, home to more than 500 summits over 3,000 meters. Its large number of ski resorts exceed anywhere else in the Alps, making it a popular winter destination. 

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