The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has become the first global boutique hotel group to accept cryptocurrency for hotel bookings, in turn, initiating a revolution in the tourism industry in terms of secure online payments. By Yagnoseni Das
If you are a guest at any of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts or are looking forward to being one soon, then you can now pay for your bookings with cryptocurrency, the hotel group announced. By joining hands with the leading global crypto-payment gateway, Coindirect, The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has become the world’s first boutique hotel group to accept cryptocurrency for hotel bookings, reports an issued press release.
“We pride ourselves on providing partners a platform for instant secure payments with over 40 cryptocurrencies; this was a critical factor for The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts to ensure end-to-end payment service is safe, flexible and easy for guests when [they book their] next experience at any of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts across the globe,” says Jesse Hemson-Struthers, CEO and Co-founder of Coindirect, in the release. Gordon Oldham, Founder and Owner of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, in the statement, further adds that this upgrade will be “available at all [of their] unique and distinct hotels and resorts across the globe.”
“Guests can take advantage of paying in the cryptocurrency of their choice, based on the currency and location they are situated in at the time of booking, offering more freedom and a contemporary, personalised service,” Hemson-Struthers adds. Oldham further notes that personalised experiences are at the heart of the boutique hotels’ services; a move that will be further facilitated by this new payment method.
Currently, the hotel group accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum and 40 other virtual currencies (full list here). The Pavilions Residences, which are available for sale at the Phuket (Thailand) and Niseko (Japan) resorts, will also accept cryptocurrencies for making the purchase.
Notably, the group recently announced that they would be expanding to 14 new locations across the globe. The Pavilions Anana Krabi, and The Pavilions El Nido, Palawan Island, for instance, will join the group’s portfolio which already spans parts of Asia (Phuket, Thailand; Bali, Indonesia; Pokhara, Nepal; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Niseko, Japan) and Europe (Amsterdam, Netherlands; Madrid, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Rome, Italy).
Payments using cryptocurrencies will be made available for bookings through each hotel’s reservations centre, starting July 7, 2021. It will also be available on website booking engines in the coming future.
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