According to local media reports, Brisbane’s Australian airport disclosed plans to make it the world’s first crypto friendly airport, working with store owners in terminal rooms to accept payments in crypto-conversion.
Next time, when travelers land or make a flight, they will be able to make payments in stores, kiosks and cafes using crypto-conversions such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin etc.
To make this happen, the airport teamed up with TravelByBit. The partnership further strengthens the objective of Brisbane Airport to support local businesses and become a leader in the area of digital airport innovation. Such a step will also improve the passenger experience and train more people in the real use of cryptocurrencies in everyday life.
CEO of TravelByBit, Caleb Yeoh, said,
“We are building a genuine use case for cryptocurrencies in the tourism industry. The application of digital currencies in this sector makes a lot of sense.” He further added that: “Whenever you travel overseas you have to deal with multiple currencies and you never know what exchange rates the banks are charging you. 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.
The move to digital currencies makes sense for the airport, as the number of crypto investors increases. According to Roel Hellemons, the General Manager of Strategic Planning and Development:
“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.”
This step underscores Australia’s growing warmth regarding cryptocurrencies and digital payment methods, despite the negative prospects of other countries. With China’s recent ban and South Korea’s threats, the openness of Australian politics will be a pleasant change for crypto investors.
Brisbane airport official Hellemons insists the authority is only getting started, stating:
“This is just the beginning for us as we hope to expand the digital currency option across the business, so watch this space.”