“Our partnership with Yelp expedites our goal towards a digital lifestyle and represents a substantial opportunity for US businesses to connect with the growing audience of Chinese travelers that would otherwise be difficult to reach,” Alipay North Americas president Souheil Badran said, according to Alizila. Alipay, which is China’s biggest digital payments platform and operated by e-commerce giant Alibaba’s financial arm, Ant Financial, has been seeking to expand their offerings to international travelers beyond the borders of the People’s Republic. Alibaba recently announced partnerships with other tourism-related corporations, including the Marriott Group, as it works to claim dominance over China’s huge tourism industry. Alibaba’s travel service, Fliggy, is currently locked in competition with other local players, including market leader Ctrip, owned by JD.com, and its rival Tencent’s Meituan Dianping. Get the full story at Tech Wire Asia Read also "Marriott, Alibaba join forces to tap into Chinese tourism potential"