Agnes Water-1770, a town in central Queensland, Australia is currently “Australia’s first digital currency-friendly” tourist town.
They currently have over 30 businesses that accept cryptocurrencies as an alternative form of payment. The goal is to attract more international tourists who prefer to pay for goods and services with digital currencies like bitcoin.
Agnes Water-1770. Source: Pixabay
According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Gordon Christian, a local real estate agent was involved in the cryptocurrency movement. He mentioned to ABC that he won local business’ support to bring the emerging technology to the Queensland town.
ABC reported on June 3, cryptocurrency groups and tourists from Japan will visit the Queensland town to aid them with their new cryptocurrency launch campaign.
Australian Town Leverages Cryptocurrency Movement to Boost Tourism
Christian initially explored digital currencies when his client asked him about processing bitcoin payments from customers. When he realized that the Brisbane airport was accepting digital currency payments, he “thought, this is something worth having a look at.”
The local real estate agent managed to gain the support of over 2,000 permanent residents to explore cryptocurrencies. “We started from the ground up, shared it with a couple of businesses, and they were straight on board… I guess they were international travelers themselves and had heard of these types of payments,” said Christian. “Initially, we had a good ten businesses that just said, ‘Fine let’s go for it.’”
The idea to attract the “digital traveler” quickly took off within the community. “So it started out as,