An increasing amount of merchants in Ghent are starting to accept bitcoin for digital payments.
While at the start of the year no more than three businesses accepted the digital currency in the
capital of East-Flanders, that number has since grown to around twenty. The rise in popularity is
due to the efforts of Ghent Bitcoincity or “Gent Bitcoinstad” in Dutch, an organisation of
volunteers that strives to increase the adoption of bitcoin in the city, as well as providing
information to inhabitants, students and merchants.
Ghent is following in the footsteps of earlier Bitcoincities such as Arnhem, Amsterdam and
Madrid, but leading the charge on Belgian soil, already being the city where the first bitcoin ATM
in Belgium was placed in November last year.
On Saturday the 18th of April at 10h30 local time, the opening event of Ghent Bitcoincity will get
underway in the Outpost game centre in Ghent (Ottergemsesteenweg 13). Visitors will get an
explanation about how bitcoin works, how they can use the currency, and where in Ghent they
can spend it. Using a map of the city, they will then go out to explore the city. The first onehundred
attendees will receive a starters kit with a pint’s worth of free bitcoin provided by
Anycoindirect.eu, a bitcoin guide with exclusive discounts and some educational material and
gadgets. If needed visitors can buy some extra bitcoin at the new bitcoin ATM from Orillia which
was recently installed.
Anycoin Direct will present at the openingsevent.
For more information, surf to www.gentbitcoinstad.be.