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Spanish Hotel Chain Casual Hoteles launches pilot for Bitcoin Payments

Much to the delight of Spanish cryptocurrency asset holders, Casual Hoteles, a popular hotel chain in Spain has recently launched a pilot to test consumer payments in Bitcoin, as reported by DailyHodl. The pilot is said to begin at Casual Malaga del Mar hotel. The operational scope of the chain includes Valencia, Madrid, Lisbon and San Sebastian. 

The move has been strategically taken to enthrall digital nomads, as inevitably more and more people are using mobile and other digital payment methods for payments and businesses. The option is ideal for frequent travellers looking for affordable stays.

Customers can either pay on Hotel’s website and then retrieve a payment code in Euros via whatsapp. Or they can scan a QR code which will be available at the hotel reception area. This will allow the users to pay via a Bitpay account to first process their payment. Second, to deduct their Bitcoin and lastly, settling the transaction in Euro.

In order to cater the growing demands of digital economy, Casual Hoteles will at a later stage roll out their Bitcoin pilot to its other hotel locations. 

The hotel’s prime focus is working on customer feedback and latest tech trends to enhance the experience of modern travellers.

“Casual Hoteles is committed to a relationship with its customers and other interest groups based on active listening to the market and the successive generation of added value, with the aim of anticipating their needs, exceeding their expectations and creating new formulas for tourism profitability.”

Digital Nomadism on an All-time High

As per Digital Nomadism 2018 research report 4.8 million Americans mention that they’re living the nomadic dream of ditching an office desk and a fixed location.

 Moreover, the number is expected to rise steeply as 27% of traditional workers have higher chances of going digital in the next 2-3 years, in order to work seamlessly while travelling. 

Traditional hotels are into terse competitions with networks that allow travelers to sign a single lease and then roam around the globe. Besides sharing communal living spaces at affordable prices.

Towards Adoption

In March 2018, FIFA Championship hosted by Kaliningrad surprised football and cryptocurrency fanatics with an announcement about accepting Bitcoin payments for accommodation when they visit Russia during the football season.

Also, in March 2018, Kauai Shores Hotel, Royal Coconut Coast started accepting Bitcoin payments and became  the first hotel on Garden Isle to accept the cryptocurrency for reservations.