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Mastercard partners with Tappy to embed payment functions into wearables

Payments technology company Mastercard and wearable token service provider Tappy Technologies are collaborating to enable contactless payments through wearables.

Asia Pacific’s five most popular cities revealed in Mastercard report

Asia Pacific’s five most popular cities for international travellers – Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Seoul – welcomed over one-fifth of all overnight visitors to the region’s top cities last year.

Four Asia-Pacific markets account for one-fifth of global travel spending

Visitors from Mainland China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Taiwan now account for 18.5 per cent of global travel spending in the world’s top 200 cities.

Pizza Hut Singapore trialling robot

Pizza Hut Singapore has introduced a robot that takes orders and processes payments.

SPH Buzz hybrid store has self-service option

SPH Buzz has partnered with Mastercard to launch a hybrid store that includes attended and unattended retail counters.

New markets embracing mobile shopping

Emerging markets are outpacing more developed countries when it comes to mobile shopping, the Mastercard Mobile Shopping Survey shows.

CB Bank introducing contactless payments

In a first for the country, Myanmar’s Co-Operative Limited Bank (CB Bank) is introducing Mastercard contactless payments.

Philippine retail industry booming

The Philippine retail industry is expected to account for a fifth of the country’s overall economic output in the next decade.

AS Watson Group plans 1400 more stores

AS Watson Group plans to open 1400 outlets globally this year, 60 of them in Hong Kong.

Alibaba targets international Chinese with Tmall World

Alibaba Group has launched Tmall World, targeting 100 million overseas Chinese speakers.

Biometric mobile payment boom predicted

Nearly 2 billion biometric mobile payment authentications are expected to be made this year, according to a Juniper Research study.

Singapore beats Bangkok in Asian tourist spending

While Bangkok is still the most-visited destination in Asia Pacific, Singapore continues to lead in Asian tourist spending.