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Travelex launches Travelex Pay in partnership with Swych and WeChat

18/10/2018
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Leading Digital Gifting Platform Swych Partners with Leading Cross-Border Financial Services Firm Travelex to Introduce ŒTravelex Pay¹, a WeChat Pay Powered Service

Strategic partnership between Travelex and Swych brings cashless shopping at hundreds of U.S. retailers to WeChat¹s one billion monthly users, targeting over 800 million WeChat Pay users

Travelex Pay, a unique new service within leading global mobile messaging app WeChat, launched today in the U.S. market. Travelex Pay is powered by the global digital gifting platform Swych and distributed by the leading cross-border financial services firm Travelex. Aimed at simplifying cashless spending, Travelex Pay is available now to travelers from mainland China who are visiting the United States. The program enables WeChat users to utilize digital gift cards offered by Swych to easily spend at U.S. retailers directly within the WeChat app and use funding methods available inside users¹ WeChat Pay account.

Powered by Swych, which has more than 700 major retail partners globally, Travelex Pay seamlessly, securely, and instantly debits a traveller¹s WeChat Pay account while simultaneously providing a digital gift card of the equivalent desired amount to be used as a payment method at checkout. This is equally advantageous for retailers who benefit from accepting a new payment method at checkout that extends coverage to more than 3 million Chinese travelers that come to the U.S. annually. In 2016, tourists from mainland China are reported to have spent $30 billion in the U.S. which is expected to double to $60 billion by 2020. Travelex Pay will simplify shopping for Chinese travellers by offering a convenient shopping experience that is instant, digital and within their favourite mobile app that they regularly open multiple times a day.

Travelex Pay provides a smart digital checkout experience within the Wechat app. For completing the purchase of goods at a participating Swych retailer in the USA, an electronic gift card is generated through WeChat Pay app by the user, and the user¹s WeChat Pay wallet account is instantly debited in their home currency. The cashier then scans the barcode or enters the number at checkout and the retailer gets paid instantly in USD. Gift cards can be created by the user either while at the checkout or at any point before purchase.

Swych¹s retailer network covers all popular shopping categories including the luxury segment, department stores, big box, dining, fashion, entertainment, sports, electronics and travel. Swych¹s advanced payment processing, fraud management and strong anti-money laundering controls further makes the solution a perfect fit for solving this large pain point for Chinese shoppers in the US.

CEO and Founder of Swych, Deepak Jain, said ³Chinese tourism in the U.S. is increasing – both in number of people and the amount of money spent. With more than 90 percent of Chinese tourists expressing interest in using mobile payments overseas if given the choice, Swych, Travelex, with WeChat Pay, have combined service offerings to fill the demand for a frictionless and zero-fee payment option. This is yet another innovation aimed at furthering cross border commerce and making Swych the most advanced digital gifting platform in the market.²

³Swych and Travelex Pay are making cross-border shopping more seamless for Chinese WeChat customers who visit the US and use Travelex Pay. We are excited about this partnership and to provide Chinese consumers a cutting edge, digital payments experience.² said James Hewitt, Travelex CEO for North America.

With over 800 million WeChat Pay active users and over 1 billion overall active users, WeChat Pay¹s performance capabilities range from communication, to finance, to retail, to social, making this a seamless solution to an integrated app that is already part of the consumer¹s everyday lives.

Travelex Pay eliminates many of the common headaches involved with overseas travel by allowing for direct currency conversion and zero added fees right in the palm of the consumer¹s hand. The program is available now through WeChat, which can be downloaded on iOS and Android.

About Swych:

Swych is a global digital gifting platform for consumers and enterprises. Swych¹s patent pending mobile gifting platform enables users to send ³swychable² gifts from their mobile device that can be instantly redeemed for electronic gift cards from more than 700+ popular brands. Swych users can instantly buy, send, re-gift, upload, ³swych² and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device. Swych is a private company funded by seasoned angel investors from banking, financial services, payments, gifting, telecom, and enterprise computing space.

About Travelex:

Headquartered in London, Travelex has a rich heritage in foreign currency, pioneering the travellers¹ cheques of the past and the digital payments of the future. With a presence in over 27 countries, and over 1,200 stores at both on-airport and off-airport locations around the world, Travelex has distilled its expertise and experience into a platform that reinvents physical and digital cross-border money movement globally to ensure its clients remain one step ahead of the competition. The platform provides financial institutions with a trusted, efficient and accurate international money payments service, plus secure and reliable banknote delivery of both major and exotic currencies.

A category leading independent foreign exchange specialist, the business covers the entire value chain of the retail foreign exchange industry. Travelex Group is also active in the remittances and payments space enabling physical and digital cross-border money movement for consumers and financial institutions.

Travelex is part of the Finablr network of companies. These category-leading financial services brands meet the needs of consumers through deep regulatory know-how, relentless focus on technological innovation and a global network of retail stores, business partners and digital channels.

About WeChat:

Launched in 2011, Weixin/WeChat has been enhancing the lives of hundreds of millions users with its innovative features. The most widely used Chinese social media platform integrates instant messaging and social entertainment, bringing about a mobile digital lifestyle on an easy to use app. Users get to engage in real-time communications via free text and multimedia messages, make voice/video calls or share photos on their ³Moments.² Other lifestyle recreational features include ³Games,² ³Sticker Gallery,² and other functions. Continuously evolving around users’ needs, Weixin/WeChat also offers enterprises ³Official Accounts² to create original consumer experiences through its open platform and extended services such as Weixin/WeChat Pay for a truly mobile digital lifestyle. Weixin/WeChat reached more than 1.06 billion monthly active user accounts as of June 2018. Weixin/WeChat has evolved into a connector and open platform across industries, connecting users with one another, with smart devices and with business services.

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