Crypto-friendly journey web site marks U.S. debut with dogecoin funds

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The German-based travel website GetYourGuide has introduced US offers and the option to pay with Dogecoin for the first time.

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The German travel booking website GetYourGuide announced its expansion into the US market on Tuesday with the announcement that it would now accept Dogecoin as a means of payment.

The Berlin-based company, which claims to have booked more than 45 million tours in 170 countries, offers bookings for activities, attractions and tours in major American travel destinations such as Hawaii; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York; Orlando Florida; and San Francisco. In addition to Dogecoin, which is processed via BitPay, the website accepts major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal and Google Pay.

GetYourGuide Co-Founder and CEO Johannes Reck said in a statement that the company is “more than excited” to enter the US market as the world ends the Covid pandemic lockdown and people go on vacation again can.

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“The challenges many have faced over the past year have driven people into a virtual spiral – Netflix bingeing, increased use of social apps, and renewed interest in stock and cryptocurrency trading like Dogecoin,” he said. “Why waste time worrying about the doge hourly fluctuations when we can invest in memories by experiencing the best of the real world?”

GetYouGuide joins a growing list of travel providers who accept Dogecoin and various other cryptocurrencies for payment. In April, the Bobby Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee began accepting Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies for overnight stays and event bookings through BitPay.

The airfare website Cheapair.com, the Latvian airline Air Baltic and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic have long accepted Bitcoin. Expedia stopped accepting Bitcoin directly in 2018, but as of 2020, 700,000 hotels and accommodations from the Expedia Group have been available through the Travala booking platform, which accepts 30 cryptocurrencies.

The 3,500-room Resorts World Las Vegas, which opened on the Strip Thursday as Sin City’s first major new casino resort in a decade, will also accept cryptocurrency for select payments through a partnership with UK crypto exchange company Gemini.

Emil Martinsek, GetYourGuide’s chief marketing officer, said the company has something for everyone visiting any of its US destinations, which include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Florida, and Washington, DC

“Whether you are an art fan, outdoor enthusiast, amateur chef, adrenaline junkie or an avid traveler who really wants to submerge your next destination, GetYourGuide is your companion to unlock the most memorable experiences,” he said in a statement .

Offers include hiking tours with local experts, regional culinary tours, cooking and craft courses, skip-the-line tickets to iconic attractions and so-called bucket list experiences.