The FIFA fever has been engaging not just the soccer fans but everyone around the world for years now. With people coming from all over the world to catch even a glimpse of the soccer championship match, the FIFA World Cup madness is evident and also shows how far the soccer enthusiasts are ready to go in terms of expenses to watch the match.
Good news for the soccer fans cum crypto users attending the FIFA World CUP 2018 in Russia. Kaliningrad, one of the cities hosting the matches, is now offering cryptocurrency payments for hotel rooms. Only with a few weeks to go, soccer fans are flocking to online websites to book their seats in Russia. Thus the news has come as a piece of respite for crypto users trying to engage their money somewhere or the other to accommodate their expenses.
Buying Business Travel Russia reported that Apartments Malina has teamed up with the online payment system, Free-Kassa, to allow users to purchase rooms with cryptocurrencies. A total of four matches will be played in Kaliningrad on Jun. 16, 22, 25 and 28.
Apartments Malina’s manager, Anna Subbotina said:
“Crypto-currencies are now enjoying increased interest. Gradually they will come into use as a means of payment. And we decided that the fans should be able to pay for our services with the help of this innovative technology. It may very well be that other hotels [are] awaiting our example for the forthcoming football holiday.”
The Russia’s cities to host the FIFA World Cup include :
- Saint Petersburg,
- Nizhny Novgorod,
- Saransk and
Interestingly enohjh, the other cities except Kalinigrad which is accepting bitcoin payments, haven’t come forward with similar announcements yet, which is why Free-Kassa’s development director, Vitaly Lavrov, called it an “interesting experience”.
“We did not have to cooperate with hotels and hotels in such a format. But the hospitality industry is very sensitive to such trends,” said Lavrov.
However, Free-Kassa’s current collaboration with Petersburg Social Commercial Bank (PSCB) proves that there is a chance Saint Petersburg will adopt cryptocurrency payments as well.
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