Airbnb CEO receives ‘Crypto payments’ as top suggestion; a game-changer?

Sahana Kiran
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Vacation with crypto? Airbnb’s potential addition of crypto into its payments system could spruce up travel.

The crypto-verse witnessed increased adoption over the last two years. Just as the world steered into digitalization amidst a deadly pandemic, the crypto market flourished. Governments across the globe began recognizing the prospects of crypto as soon as major tech firms started adopting them. With thousands of platforms already accepting crypto, another feather could soon be added to the industry’s cap.

Earlier this week, Brian Chesky, CEO of the online hospitality firm, Airbnb, took to Twitter and asked his followers’ requests regarding the company for 2022. Bombarded with over 4,000 suggestions, Chesky noted that cryptocurrencies had topped the list.

Crypto Twitter worked its magic once again and urged Chesky to unable crypto payments.

The CEO of Airbnb tweeted,

While Chesky hasn’t affirmed anything yet, he noted that Airbnb was already working on most of the things on the list that included clear price displays, updated cleaning fees, and so on.

Back in September, Chesky appeared in an interview and revealed that Airbnb had been getting an array of propositions regarding crypto payments for years. However, he did not make any major announcements about the same.

Better late than never!

Airbnb’s potential crypto payment lineup

Additionally, in the same thread, the Airbnb CEO pointed out that he had skimmed through several token ideas. Therefore, the chances of multiple crypto assets being part of Airbnb’s payment system were high.

Currently, Airbnb accepts payments through Apple Pay, Google Pay, MasterCard, Visa as well as PayPal.

Even though no official information has been released, the integration of certain cryptocurrencies was being speculated by the community. Bitcoin [BTC], being the most sought-after crypto, the addition of it into Airbnb wouldn’t come as a surprise. Alongside this, the thriving interest in meme coins would allow Shiba Inu [SHIB] as well as Dogecoin [DOGE] a spot in the firm.

Furthermore, Chesky revealed that the firm had processed about $336 billion worth of payments since 2013. With over 150 million users, the inclusion of crypto into its system could be a major upgrade for both Airbnb as well as the crypto market.