Cryptocurrency payments will be rolled out in Brisbane Airport’s terminal shopping areas. TravelbyBit will be providing the new cryptocurrency payment system thus enabling travellers to utilize dash, ethereum, bitcoin or any digital currency while dining or shopping in any of the air terminals in Brisbane.
According to Brisbane Airport Corporation’s general manager of strategic planning, Roel Hellemons, the airport is the first in the world to use cryptocurrency payments. He believes using cryptocurrency “makes sense” as most of the people who use cryptocurrencies travel extensively internationally. Hellemons added, “This is just the beginning for us as we hope to expand the digital currency option across the business.” Caleb Yeoh, TravelbyBit CEO, believes that implementing such a payment system is evident of a “genuine use case for cryptocurrencies” within the tourism field.
The head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism, Oleg Safonov, gave a prediction declaring blockchain technology as a tool that is set to positively change the tourism industry of Russia.He explained, “We are absolutely convinced in our federal agency that blockchain will seriously change the tourism market, although, in our opinion, it will happen not in two years but in 5–10 years.”
Hawaii legislators are working to create a group solely dedicated to blockchain technology and its primary use in tourism.
Despite payment processor Stripe pulling away from its support for Bitcoin due to the inconsistent price fluctuations and high fees – eventually making the digital currency impractically useless as a valid form of payment – Brisbane airport’s operator, BNE, sees the positive side of using bitcoins. Namely, these include “very low transaction fees, exchange rates, and transfer time”.