The Chinese island province of Hainan wants to use a blockchain-powered “points” program to boost tourism to the region.
Authorities in Hainan are hoping to boost tourism in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and want to allow travelers to the popular destination to use a single, unified blockchain platform.
Hainan authorities plan to create “blockchain points” for tourists, allowing them to pay for hotel accommodation, restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping, public transportation, and admission to tourist attractions.
As a reminder, last year, Hainan province was selected to operate a USD 142m-backed blockchain sandbox-like project that will nurture blockchain companies working in the financial sector.
Under coronavirus-fighting measures, citizens and residents in China have been issued with health codes – which they must present to authorities in other areas if they wish to travel. Only individuals with green codes are allowed to visit other parts of the country. However, the can cause massive backlogs for tourist operators.