A BLOCKCHAIN city is being built in Malaysia in which tourists will only be able to use cyrptocurrency.
The development, backed by the Chinese government, intends to turn 835 acres of the Malaysian city of Malacca into the ‘tourist blockchain-destination of the future’.
The area will be called Melaka Straits City.
Visitors will have to know how to use blockchain technology in the form of the DMI coin if they wish to pay for any public services during their stay.
Other similar projects are underway across the world as companies battle to create the crypto-destination of the future but the Melaka Straits City development aims to be the first blockchain city in Asia.
Melaka Straits City is also intended to be used for businesses and for educational services as well as tourism.
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Lim Keng Kai, an official representative of Melaka Straits City, said that the blockchain technology that visitors can use in the area will be the DMI platform with a DMI coin.
DMI is a company that provides mobile enterprise, business intelligence and cybersecurity services and it has collaborated with the Melaka Straits City on this project.
Visitors will be able to exchange normal money for DMI coins when they arrive in the city.
Kai said in a statement: ““When tourists visit Melaka, they will be required to exchange their money into digital currencies that they can use to pay for services using their mobile phones or computers.
“The DMI web application will be available on PC and the mobile applications will run on Android and iOS devices to provide flexibility regardless of the preference of the individuals.”
Backers behind the project are aiming to make it the biggest tourist destination in Malaysia and expect it will attract three million visitors a year.
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