Bitcoin has become the largest online cryptocurrency trend since DigiCash, so much so that now major companies are addressing it as a legitimate and viable form of tender. Companies like Microsoft, Newegg, Zynga, Whole Foods, and Dish Network (to name merely a few) are already accepting it, but now Australia’s Brisbane Airport has become the first of its kind to accept the online currency.
“Many people around the world have made money investing in cryptocurrencies and a lot of these people travel internationally, so it makes sense to offer a digital currency experience within our terminals,” said Roel Hellemons, general manager for the Brisbane Airport Corporation. “This is just the beginning for us as we hope to expand the digital currency option across the business.”
While individual airlines will have to adopt their own policies for accepting Bitcoins (meaning that you can’t use the service to purchase airfare), you’re now able to spend your cryptocurrency at any shopping store within the terminal. Brisbane has coupled with TravelbyBit to equip every store with the means to process Bitcoin, as well as other services like Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Steem.
TravelbyBit CEO Caleb Yeoh expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to prove the technology in the open market, and especially in the tourism industry. “Whenever you travel overseas you have to deal with multiple currencies and you never know what exchange rates the banks are charging you,” Yeoh said. “Here at TravelbyBit we are promoting the Bitcoin travel movement. Digital currency for world-wide travel. It’s simple, safe and there’s no bank fees.”