Per a local Swiss news outlet Finews, five-star Dolder hotel and Autohaus Kessel car dealer will accept Bitcoin and Ether payments from May.Dolder is located in the Swiss financial hub Zurich, while Kessel has its base in Zug, Crypto Valley’s hometown.
Also the latter has outlets across the border in northern Italy. The outlets have partnered with Inapay, a smartphone-based payments app for the same.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Lucas Betschart, Inacta’s head of crypto asset technology and President of industry group Bitcoin Association Switzerland, said,
With the bear market on a rampage, a shift in tendencies have been noted, from spending to storing and accumulating coins.
Casual Hoteles, a popular hotel chain in Spain has recently launched a pilot to test consumer payments in Bitcoin. 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 made 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.
Earlier in March, touted as the ‘Amazon’ of Switzerland, Digitec-Galaxus, began accepting Bitcoin. Also, Bitcoin Suisse, the cryptocurrency financial services headquartered in Zug, is taking over the long-term advertising lease at Zurich Airport.
On 18th Feb,legal startup Atrium Fintech partnered with cryptocurrency payment processor Bitpay for processing Bitcoin payments. This move will provide for easier engagement with clients stationed outside U.S.A, in addition to clients with large crypto holdings.
The law firm helps clients with securities and digital asset offerings, broker-dealer registrations, money transmitter licenses and broker-dealer registrations. The firm uses machine learning to digitise legal documents. In addition to developing applications for client use, it is now deploying the same to blockchain and fintech.