GetYourGuide is a German-based travel website in expansion into the U.S. market and has introduced in the country offers which now allows the option to pay with Dogecoin for the first time. Co-founder and CEO Johannes Reck said in an announcement that the company is “beyond excited“ to enter the U.S. market insofar as the world exits Covid pandemic lockdown and people wish to travel on holiday again.
In a notice, he has commented on the challenges faced over the past year caused by increased social app use, Netflix consumption and a renewed interest in stock and cryptocurrency trading, such as dogecoin.
“Why waste time worrying about hourly fluctuations in doge when we can invest in making memories by experiencing the best of the real world?”
The company claims to have booked over 45 million-plus tours in 170 countries at the moment and is offering services in major American travel destinations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Florida and San Francisco. Aside from dogecoin, which is processed via BitPay, the site accepts major credit and debit cards just as PayPal and Google Pay.
GetYourGuide joins an increasing list of travel providers allowing dogecoin and a range of other cryptocurrencies for payment. In April, the Bobby Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, began accepting cryptocurrencies for overnight accommodations and event reservations via BitPay.
Other websites such as Cheapair.com, Latvian carrier Air Baltic and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic for a long time ago have been accepting bitcoin.
Expedia stopped adopting bitcoin in 2018, but 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and stays have been available via booking platform Travala, which accepts 30 cryptocurrencies, since 2020.
The Resorts World Las Vegas which has 3,500 rooms and inaugurated Thursday on the Strip as Sin City’s first major new casino resort in a decade, will also allow cryptocurrency for select payments through a partnership with U.K. crypto exchange company Gemini.
GetYourGuide’s chief marketing officer, Emil Martinek has commented that the company has offers for everyone visiting one of its U.S. destinations, which include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, Florida and Washington, D.C.
Offerings include walking tours with local specialists, regional culinary tours, cooking and craft classes, “skip-the-line” tickets to iconic attractions and so-called bucket list experiences.