Four in five Thais tries going cashless as confidence in digital payments grows Visa Study

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Tuesday April 9, 2019 18:19
Bangkok--9 Apr--Spark Communications

Four in five Thai consumers (78 percent) have tried going cashless in 2018, compared to only fifty percent in previous year as confidence in digital payments grew, according to the 2018 Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes study (the "Study"). The study tracks payment habits and attitudes as well as exploring emerging topics related to payments among 4,000 consumers across eight Southeast Asian countries, including 500 respondents from Thailand.

For Thai consumers, digital payment methods, such as cards, in-app mobile payments and QR payments combined together have a larger preference (57 percent) over cash (43 per cent).

Suripong Tantiyanon, Country Manager for Visa Thailand said: "The higher preference towards using digital payments and the rise of confidence in going cashless are credited to industry players and the government, who have been relentlessly driving the national e-payments agenda.

"In addition, we believe that the higher preference towards digital payments can be attributed to the proliferation of payment form factors and acceptance points. More than ever before, Thai consumers can make payments with a wider range of connected devices and payment applications on smartphones, such as wearables and mobile payments. At the same time, QR code offers merchants in traditionally cash-based segments with a fast, cost-effective and secure digital payments solution."

According to the study, two in five Thais (42 percent) said they carried less cash than they did two years ago, compared to 26 percent in 2017. Top reasons for the decrease in cash in wallet are cash is unsafe (65 percent), higher adoption of digital payments (65 percent) and the hassle of using cash (39 percent).

The study also showed that of those who tried going cashless, more than half (60 percent) could manage a day without cash and forty-five percent could last without cash for more than three days.

Overall, in terms of future expectation, more Thais are confident about the country becoming a cashless society. Nearly one in three (29 percent) are confident that Thailand can become a cashless society in less than three years, compared to 11 percent in 2017. Thirty-nine percent believed it will take between four to seven years while only six percent believed it will take longer than 15 years.

"The findings are encouraging. We believe that we are on the right track and it is important to help more consumers and merchants understand and embrace the benefits of digital payments. At the same time, we are committed to innovate and collaborate with all stakeholders in the payment industry and beyond as we continue our journey towards transforming Thailand into a cashless society," Suripong concluded.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world's most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products. For more information, visit, and @VisaNews.

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