UK's Biggest Travel Company Starts Accepting Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Payments

Corporate Traveller, the United Kingdom’s biggest travel company, has recently started accepting bitcoin (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) payments, in a move that could be followed by the Flight Centre Group, one of the world’s biggest travel firms, embracing crypto payments.

According to Australian news outlet Micky, Corporate Traveller’s move to accept both bitcoin and bitcoin cash was announced yesterday, and came due to increasing demand from its clients. The firm, with 20 locations across the UK, is the country’s largest business travel services provider.

Speaking to the news outlet, Corporate Traveller’s UK general manager Andy Hegley stated:

We identified an increasing demand from our clients for the option to pay in Bitcoin for business travel bookings made by our travel consultants.

The company is accepting cryptocurrency payments through a partnership with BitPay, which processes them for it and converts the funds to GBP it then receives within two business days. According to Hegley, BitPay was chosen as it manages the entire process, so Corporate Traveller only handles GBP.

He added the blockchain industry is “growing exponentially” and, as such, the company is “excited to be able to” gives its clients bitcoin and bitcoin cash payment options. Per Micky, the UK firm's move could be part of increasing cryptocurrency adoption, with Flight Centre looking to accept BTC and BCH as well.

An unnamed source reportedly told the news outlet the company’s executives are taking note of “increasing demand from clients for cryptocurrency payments,” and as such is “exploring options to accept bitcoin at its 1,239” retail travel agencies throughout the world.

An employee at an Australian Flight Centre travel was quoted as saying:

All the time people ask if we accept Bitcoin… Mainly international students and tourist already here trying to book more flights.

The travel agency employee reportedly added the company’s management is aware of the demand, and will “probably see how it goes at corporate Traveller, before they let customers pay with bitcoin.”

The tourism sector is notably leading in cryptocurrency adoption. Travala, a blockchain-based bookings website, recently $2.6 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) last year, and currently has bookings at over 500,000 hotels throughout the world.

In an exclusive interview with CryptoGlobe Jeff Klee, the CEO of travel booking firm CheapAir, revealed that accepting bitcoin was one of the “best decisions” he’s ever made.

Cardano (ADA) on Fire: Surges Above $0.10 to Get Into Top 6, Up 206% in 2020

At 16:00 UTC on Friday (July 3), shortly after IOHK, the company developing the Cardano (ADA) protocol, announced a custody agreement with Coinbase, the price of the ADA token went over $0.10 for the first time since October 2018, thereby making ADA the sixth most valuable cryptoasset by market cap.

Yesterday, on day two of the two-day "Cardano Virtual Summit: Shelley Edition", IOHK Co-Founder and CEO Charles Hoskinson announced that from Q4 of this year, Cardano blockchain users would be able to store their ADA holdings at Coinbase Custody "without losing the ability to delegate their stake."

On Tuesday (June 30), IOHK announced that the Shelley upgrade had gone live on the mainnet:


Hoskinson had this to say about his company's agreement with Coinbase Custody, which "operates as a standalone, independently-capitalized business to Coinbase, Inc.":

"With Cardano, we believe we can create a revolutionary solution which will be able to offer access to finance and investment to swathes of the population who have previously been shut out of the system.

"This custody agreement allows us to offer the same secure storage solutions that can be found in traditional finance to ada holders, without sacrificing what makes Proof of Stake blockchains special - being able to participate in the network.

"We look forward to this partnership with Coinbase, and to continuing to bring cryptocurrencies closer and closer to mainstream adoption."

As for Sam McIngvale, Head of Product at Coinbase Custody, he said:

"We have been following the success of the Cardano incentivized testnet, with over a thousand registered stakepools during the testing period.

"We are pleased to have been selected as the custodian and we’re proud to be a full-service, regulated, comprehensively-insured, and 100% offline staking provider in crypto.

"The ability to successfully operate within a regulatory framework is essential for the long-term survival of cryptocurrencies.

"We are overseen by the same regulators, and held to similar capital requirements and audit requirements as a traditional financial custodian, which removes many of the perceived barriers to global acceptance of crypto."

IOHK's announcement was made just before 14:00 UTC on Friday (July 3). By 16:00 UTC, the ADA price had broken through the $0.10 resistance level for the first time since October 2018.

Currently (as of 07:34 UTC on July 4), Cardano's token is trading at $0.1003 (up 6.94% in the past 24-hour period), which makes it the sixth most valuable cryptoasset by market cap:

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So far in 2020, Cardano's ADA has gone up over 206% vs. the dollar.