Binance-backed Travala Collabs With Agoda; Can Now Use Crypto Payments at 2.2M Properties

  • Binance-backed Travala.com announces a strategic partnership with an online travel platform, Agoda, in an aim to onboard an extra 600,000 hotels despite the heavy travel bans currently in place across the globe.
  • Travelers utilizing Travala will now have access to a vast catalog of some 2.2 Million listings in 90,124 destinations globally.

Online Travel Company, Travala.com will onboard over 600,000 extra hotels to its crypto enabled platform, the company announced on their official twitter after securing the partnership with Agoda, a leading online booking firm.

Speaking on the latest partnership with Agoda, Travala.com’s CEO, Juan Otero, showed enthusiasm to start working on the journey of bringing crypto to the traveling industry. Over the past few months, the global pandemic has caused a global stigma and travel restrictions but Juan believes the partnership will connect even more people across the globe. He spoke saying,

“This strategic partnership with Agoda puts Travala.com in a league of its own. We can safely say we are the world’s largest blockchain-based online travel agency by number of accommodation options available with over 2,200,000 options to book covering 90,124 destinations.”

The Binance backed travel company extends its users with the option to remit payments for their trips via some 30 cryptocurrencies such as Binance Coin (BNB), Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS, Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), Tether (USDT), Tron (TRX), and AVA.

Notably, AVA is a native token by Travala drawing a lot of similarities to the airline miles and loyalty points incentive programs by legacy booking platforms. In the month of June 2020, almost 13% of all bookings on the Travala platform were paid for via the incentive program.

Damien Pfirsch, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Agoda, the Singapore-based travel site, shares a similar growth trajectory of the partnership with Juan. Speaking on it, Damien said the new platform, Travala, will guarantee users an improved travel experience regardless of the geographical position of their trip.

Agoda brings to Travala.com several benefits including competitive rates and the wide listings of hotels to customers. He further said,

“Agoda’s technological expertise and private cloud ensure that partners enjoy best-in-class uptime connection to our supply for a smoother customer booking journey.”

Founded in 2017, Travala has placed itself strategically, forging unique alliances with leading travel firms ensuring their users a smooth travel experience all while leveraging crypto. They recently announced similar cooperation with mega travel booking platform, Expedia as well as Booking.com.

The deal with Expedia brought 700,000 hotels to Travala.com’s platform, marking its first major partnership with traditional search sites. Despite being rivals in the travel industry, the two giants collaborated in a bid to boost their market shares.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Travel Site Travala.com Partners With Zcoin To Allow Clients Pay Their Hotel Expenses Using XZC

Top blockchain-based accommodation booking firm, Travala.com has revealed that it has teamed up with Zcoin to allow clients to pay for their hotel bookings using the cryptocurrency.

In a blog post, the two firms stated that the move will help enhance crypto tourism as Zcoin holders will have a chance of benefiting up to 40% discounts on hotel bookings made via Travala.com.

Travala CEO Matthew Luczynski said he was delighted to see the partnership go through and that Zcoin will help in enhancing real-world utilization of cryptos and will also drive the adoption of cryptos in the mainstream.

The new agreement is premised on enhancing the use of Zcoin on travel services as well as promote Travala’s AVA Smart program to the Zcoin community. Zcoin community will be able to book for hotel accomodation using the Travala.com platform and enjoy the discounts offered through AVA Smart program. To promote the partnership, Zcoin community will be offered 5% of Zcoin back on all bookings transacted using Zcoin. The promotion is available until &th October 2019.

The partnership will allow Zcoin community members to access accommodation points in more than 90,000 destinations offered by Travala.com. In a tweet by Zcoin, the startup said that its community can have access to more than 1.7 million hotels worldwide.

Zcoin COO Reuben Yap explained that one of the top priorities of the firm is to ensure Zcoin is usable and spendable and the new partnership with Travala.com will go towards fulfilling this wish. According to Yap, Travala.com enjoys a wide network around the world and the partnership will enhance the freedom of using Zcoin.

Travala.com now offers 17 crypto payment options and has been a major advocate for a widespread crypto acceptance and adoption. The firm also offers the conventional types of payments like credit and debit cards as well as online payment model, Paypal.

The company has accommodations in more than 230 countries and territories and Zcoin community can leverage a wide pool of destinations to choose from.

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Author: Joseph Kibe