Amsterdam offers an incredible mobile payment experience. It works wherever you can pay contactless, which is almost anywhere. Any business travel relying on virtuals can make successful admin free mobile payments on to go. The high level of acceptance has a lot to do with the sophisticated cashless infrastructure already present in Denmark. Figures published in 2018 by payment association Betaalvereniging Nederland show that 40% of payments made using direct debit cards were contactless, over double the 2016 figure. Cash is being phased out in Dutch shops and on trams and buses. Amsterdam’s public transport system has been cash free since earlier this year, and various shops, such as Marqt and the Vlaamse Broodhuis, have never accepted coins or notes. Supermarkets are also developing ‘pin only’ checkouts.
The only challenge Aurelie faced during her stay for the 2019 Phocuswright Conference was paying for the train back to the airport. We think this was a technical fault taking place during that day.
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