DevelopmentsIndustryManagement opens 90,000 destinations to crypto payments has partnered with cryptocurrency-friendly platform Travala to open up its accom inventory worldwide to Bitcoin-style payments.

The collaboration adds’s accommodation listings to the Travala portal in 90,000 destinations and more than 230 countries worldwide.

Travala is a specialist travel agency which lists properties accepting a range of more than 20 different cryptocurrencies, including its own native token, AVA.

While the deal doesn’t impact’s millions of existing users, it allows cryptocurrency enthusiasts access to a far wider inventory that they can now use digital assets to pay for.

Travala CEO Matt Luczynski said: “This partnership allows our users to access’s accommodation listings, as well as the listings from several other leading travel suppliers, which is a fantastic use case for our own AVA token and another huge step towards mass cryptocurrency adoption.”

While there are a number of other crypto-supporting travel sites, including Cheapair, Bitcoin.Travel, Travelbybit, Destinia, Greitai, and Airtreks, has emerged as a market leader. The partnership with now makes the 2017 start-up one of the largest OTAs in the world by number of bookable hotels.

“ have recognised the value in making its vast portfolio of properties available to the growing blockchain and cryptocurrency markets,” the company said in a statement.

“Such a move by is a sign that we are close to seeing the industry’s acceptance of cryptocurrencies as a standard form of payment for travel bookings.”

Others are more sceptical about the implications of the deal, saying of Travala: “The company…lists a service fee levied by an unnamed payment processing firm as part of its cryptocurrency payment information pages.

“Given this use of a payment processor, the deal, for, will be less about genuine acceptance of digital currencies and more about selling a few more hotel rooms to those wanting to pay using the cutting-edge payment methods.”

Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson is the editor of Accomnews. You can reach her at any time with questions or submissions: [email protected]

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