A Holiday Inn Express in Park Slope has begun accepting bitcoins for rooms a week after the general manager denied knowing anything about it, the Daily News has learned. The Union St. hotel served their first guests paying in the alternative currency that some supporters say could replace traditional money, a worker confirmed on Tuesday. The bitcoin technology, sometimes called cryptocurrency, allows people to transfer money without a middleman such as a bank or credit card company. The Brooklyn Holiday Inn Express was set to become a test site for the massive hotel chain, bitcoin pioneer Charlie Shrem told the News last week. But general manager Brandon Ward initially claimed ignorance of the project in a series of heated e-mails. I dont know anything about bitcoin at the Holiday Inn Express and EVERYTHING operationally at that asset runs through me, Ward wrote on June 24. He changed his tune this week, confirming the change in a one-line e-mail. Paid for hotel stay at Brooklyn Holiday Inn using #bitcoin .
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Holiday bookings up 35% in Spain amid budding recovery
Bookings to European travel destinations account for 45% of all reservations, with London coming out on top in the ranking of preferred holiday spots. Accordingly, Spain still holds great appeal for European holidaymakers. A glance at the ranking of foreign visitor arrivals shows that Britons will flight en masse to the Spanish Costas yet another summer. Italians and French visitors trail behind, the figures show. The most popular holiday resorts mentioned by foreign visitors include Ibiza, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Resorts in the Spanish Costas and the Balearics are ranked as most popular holiday retreats “Bookings by international visitors to Spain have jumped 20% relative to 2013, and that is, for all intents and purposes, an encouraging figure. All the more so because tourism is the driving force of the Spanish economy”, said the exec.
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