Félix Ulloa, the Vice President of El Salvador, recently shared insights into the country’s evolving landscape, economic recovery, bond strength, and tourism boom. He highlighted the profound impact of Bitcoin adoption on its security, economy, and flourishing tourism industry.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Ulloa said that Bitcoin has emerged as a driving force behind a transformation that is fueling tourism, investment, and overall economic growth in the Central American country.
He emphasized that the integration of Bitcoin into El Salvador’s financial system has created a synergy with the tourism sector, signaling a promising future and the “rebirth” of the country. Ulloa explained that with Bitcoin, tourists find it easier to pay for goods and services in the country without worrying about currency exchanges.
Bitcoin Adoption Unlocks New Opportunities: Ulloa
The Vice President underscored the significance of Bitcoin’s adoption, enabling an open and borderless financial ecosystem. Despite the initial international criticism, this transformative shift, according to him, has unlocked new opportunities for Salvadorans and the nation as a whole. He stated:
“There were reactions in both directions. Some multilateral organizations initially made objections. Still, the enthusiasm that started in the sphere of the digital economy, with bitcoiners, where El Salvador, having positioned itself as the first country to adopt a cryptocurrency as legal tender, was at the forefront and attracted many investors who are in fact installed in Salvador.”
Notably, in September 2021, El Salvador became the first nation to embrace Bitcoin as legal tender under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele, garnering massive global attention. This historic move fostered financial inclusion, empowered citizens to transact in Bitcoin, and provided them access to the global financial ecosystem.
Bitcoin Companies Expanding Operations in El Salvador
El Salvador has become a focal point for Bitcoin-related activities, with several companies planning to operate or expand in the country. For instance, earlier this year, Bitcoin companies like Strike and Fold expressed intentions to establish a presence in El Salvador. According to Vice President Félix Ulloa, the nation has seen the active involvement of more than 80 companies, contributing to various aspects of the Bitcoin ecosystem.
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Interestingly, in November 2021, Bukele announced his plans for the “Bitcoin City” along the Gulf of Fonseca near a volcano.
He had also shared his vision to locate a power plant by the volcano for energy offerings for both Bitcoin mining and the city. The recent statements by the vice president align with the country’s broader plans for leveraging Bitcoin’s potential for economic growth and development.